5.7.14 Had a look round Welton Waters, for the first time in nearly a month, on Saturday afternoon. As expected this late in the season only one Chiffchaff and a few Blackcaps and Reed Warblers singing. Lots of sporting activity on the sailing pit so the only birds were a pair of Mute Swans with two recent cygnets. However a large number of Sand Martin were hawking for insects over the south-east corner. Nothing seen on Brough Angling Complex ponds. Up to three Marsh Harriers in the area including a female hunting over BAE airfield then food passing to a juvenile on over the marsh. Also feeding over the marsh was a Common Tern, possibly part of the pair lingering from spring-time.
The lack of birds was made up for by good number of butterflies including my first gatekeeper.
Also one of my first Commas.
Lots of fresh Small Tortoiseshell.
Good number of Ringlet
But only a few Large Skippers.
The only moths seen were a small number of Yellow Shell.
No news on the Common Crane at Leven Carrs since Tuesday evening. Intend looking for it tomorrow.
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News from Paull Holme Strays here.
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Went to Paull Holme Strays with Roy this morning to do the high tide with John. Big tide so all waders displaced except for some roosting on the bund. However with the falling tide more came in from which I picked out an adult Curlew Sandpiper. Also Redshank 600, Dunlin 300, Oystercatcher 2, Black-tailed Godwit 30, Bar-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Ringed Plover 20, Golden Plover 300and Curlew 110. Also 3 Whimbrel flew west calling and a Marsh Harrier east over the river then south.
No sign of any Small Red-eyed Damselfly.
At Tophill Low NR this afternoon John found the 1st returning Goldeneye on D res. Apart from a Greenshank seen by Richard Hampshire mid morning the only other waders were the usual Lapwing. 2 Peregrine over Watton Carrs, also found by John.
At least while the sun was out there were plenty of insect, although nothing new.
Gatekeeper on Ragwort.
The best bird of the day waited to the end. We were all sat in the Vol.Wardens office when Richard thought he heard a Crossbill calling again. Rushed out with Roy and found an immature male Crossbill top of a “pine” opposite. Then followed the biggest appearance of cameras since the Cattle Egret. All fired off a few shots before it flew east calling still. Unfortunately Dave Ruffles arrived too late!
Did Welton Waters Wednesday afternoon. Very few birds with 4 Common Terns including a juvenile on watersports pit the highlight.
However did better with dragonflies with a male Emperor over BAC and several Common Darters with damselflies along Common Lane.
Also a few Black-tailed Skimmers basking by “small pond”.
A few butterflies along Common Lane, mainly Ringlet and Meadow Browns but also a Comma and my 1st Gatekeeper.