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Insects taking over?

28/5 Went to High Eske last Tuesday. As expected at this time of year it was pretty quiet but good to see the Oystercatchers with 2 robust chicks and a pair of Common Terns were nesting on the main island. A Little Ringed Plover was still hanging around although no sign of any breeding activity. Didn’t do Swinemoor as Roy and Martin L had already been where they had 3 Tundra Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Redshank. At Bewholme Hall they had 2 Little Ringed Plover. 30/5 On Thursday had a good walk round the Drewton Estate. Best thing was a Red Kite low over Keeper’s Lodge although didn’t hang around long enough for me to get the camera out. Also at least 4 Common Buzzards although the small stuff wasn’t too apparent. DSCN7329

Male Grey Wagtail-Weedley Springs

31/5 Went to Paull with Roy and Martin L on Friday morning. Unfortunalely missed the tide but had c45 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin on Paull Sands. DSCN7516

Ringed Plover and Dunlin-Paull Sands

Also 2 Little Egrets in flight over the Strays. Went round to the Strays car park. Surprised to see a Whooper Swan in the fence off area [John Ward had 3 fly from Sunk Island to Paull late Monday evening]. Image

Whooper Swan-Paull Holme Strays-R.Lyon

Also a Whimbel. Image 1

Four Spotted Chaser-Paull Holme Strays

Late afternoon had a walk in Cottingham to Oppy Wood. Little of significance bird wise although good to hear several Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap. Also a Sedge Warbler singing in a ditch off Dunswell Road. However with the temperture well up I had plenty of insects including micro moths. DSCN7589 Helophilus pendulus-Cottingham.

1/6 Back at High Eske NR on Saturday afternoon. Good to see the Common Tern still sitting and a least one Oystercatcher chick. The resident female Goldeneye still had an escort.


Goldeneye-High Eske NR

A pair of Marsh Harriers were displaying over Pulfin NR. At least 3 male and one female Cuckoo in the area. DSCN7620

Leucozona leucorum-High Eske NR

DSCN7630      Nettle Weevil-High Eske NRDSCN7624

Azure Damselfly-High Eske NR

DSCN7633   2/6 Went to Paull with Roy on Sunday morning. Started at Saltend. Tide still well out so very few waders but had a Peregrine over. The Whooper Swan was still on the Strays and on Paull Sands were 2 Little Egrets, Bar-tailed Godwit and Avocet as well as good numbers of Curlew and Shelduck. Went to Swinemoor to see a drake Garganey reported to me by Richard Jennings then on to Bewholme Hall where we had 2 Ringed Plover and an Oystercatcher. DSCN7664

Drake Garganey-Swinemoor


Reed Bunting-Swinemoor

Finished the day with a sea-watch off Atwick. Highlight was a Great Skua. Also 8 Sandwich Terns, 8 Fulmar, numerous Kittiwake and 5 Common Scoter drifting north close inshore. Sand Martin Atwick 020613 Leo

Sand Martin-Atwick-R.Lyon

3/6 Went to Tophill Low NR on Monday afternoon. DSCN7684

Celypha lacunana-Tophill Low NR

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Chrysolina polita-Tophill Low NR

Had 2 of 3 Little Egrets lingering on Watton NR. DSCN7696

Little Egret-Watton NR

Also a pair of Common Terns lingering but no sign yet of nesting. One Little Ringed Plover there with 3 on South Marsh East but again no sign of nesting. A few Marsh Harriers still around the site. The best thing was my [and likely the sites] first Wall Brown for the year, at East Pond. DSCN7706

Wall Brown-Tophill Low NR

Getting in found a male Golden Oriole had been present on in Burton Bushes on Beverley Westwood for 2 days. Found by Ivan Nethercote and confirmed by Geoff Dobbs this evening. Unfortunately it stopped singing as soon as the news got out. Spend an hour forlornly listening with Roy, Stuart Griffiths and Lee Johnson, joined by Stuart Noble and Steve Webb as we were giving up. Again saw no Spotted Flycatchers but at least one pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker and a pair of Mistle Thrush in the area.

4/6 Burton Bushes checked with out luck by at least Roy and Richard Willison early Wednesday morning. A Great White Egret spent the morning at Hornsea Mere in a tree viewable from Kirkholme Point. Stayed long enough for Roy and Martin L but flew toward the west end early afternoon. As I’ve seen 2 there already I wasn’t tempted to go looking for it. Richard Jennings had the drake Garganey on Swinemoor again this evening.


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Catching up.

Too busy to blog recently so I’ll attempt to summarize the last 2 weeks.

21/7 Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit With the summer appearing to temporary put in an appearance thought trip no.3 might be worthwhile. Had Marbled White almost on leaving Kiplingcotes Stn, but flighty, with many more on the reserve.


Also a few Small Heath.


Also good number of Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Six-spotted Burnet, a Common Wainsot and a few micro moths.

Again no sign of Turtle Dove, which I would have written off for the year except Eric Clubley heard and saw one a few days later just down from the Stn.

Tophill Low NR As is my habit have made several visits to “mecca”. Wader passage is well underway with several sightings of Green Sandpiper, Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit although not lingering long on the reserve. Also John Hirschfield found a juvenile Little Ringed Plover on Watton NR on 29/7, the 1st sighting since the failed breeders departed.

The  warmer weather brought out the insects with good number of Brown and Southern Hawkers and Gatekeeper present in good number end of last week. As well as many Hoverflies including Helophilus pendulus.

Roy and I had this Grey/Dark Dagger on L-shaped hide steps on 22/7.


Great find by John Hirschfield of Four-banded Longhorn Beetle on 29/7.

Finally managed to photograph a Grass Snake this week.

High Eske NR Also prayed at this site on several occasions. On 23/7 the water was still very high and therefore no chance of waders. Like many sites this has been a terrible year for breeding birds with  6 pairs of Great Crested Grebes which have either failed or given up on breeding. However not all bad news as there was a recent Tufted Duck brood of 4.

Also bad news is the amount of Himalayan Balsam, an invasive garden escape.

To be more positive, dragonflies present  in good numbers with Common Blue Damselflies ovipositing.

As well as a few Brown Hawkers and Black-tailed Skimmers.

A pair of Common Terns with 2 young on site on 28/7 joined by a 3rd adult on 1/8.

On 1/8 had a Greenshank briefly and photographed a small white moth

Small Fan-footed Wave.

Swinemoor Visited several times but only waders have been Lapwing, although Steve Webb managed 14 Black-tailed Godwits on 27/7 and Whimbrel on 28/7.

24/7 North Cave Wetlands Good to see good numbers of Cinnabar caterpillars.


Paull Holme Strays Had 2 visits to here. On 25/7 went  with Roy Lyon and Martin Lonsdale for Small Red-eyed Damselfly on the car park pond.

Also 2 Emperors and few Black-tailed Skimmers and Common Blue Damselflies.

Also a few moths including a Narrow-bordered Five-spotted Burnet, my 1st this year.

Went on 30/7 to count waders with Roy. Had Black-tailed Godwit 97, Dunlin 1000, Golden Plover  2000, Redshank 2 and a Ringed Plover.

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