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 Welton Waters on Thursday morning. Parked in Brough, on Myrtle Way and walked south to back of the airfield. Nice collection of birds feeding in bushes at the end of the footpath including a dozen Goldfinches and three Bullfinches.
Male Bullfinch near BAE airfield-Brough
Only a few Greylag Geese and Curlew on the airfield and only a small area of water viewable over the reed on the marsh with just 2 Mute Swans visible. Again Brough Angling Complex was packed out with c40 Mute Swans and the first returning Goldeneye but Tufted Ducks were down on my last visit. Viewing was better from the flood-bank with the leaves falling from the trees but at the northern end things are getting worst as a earth bank is now obstructing the view. “Watersports” pit had only a small number of Mute Swans. Walked the river bank then up the east side of the pit. Had a calling Marsh Tit and Goldcrest in the north east corner but not much else passerine wise in the area. Walking back with the rising tide had eight Grey Plovers on the mud below the airfield but apart from a large number of Lapwing, a few Curlew, and two Redshank, waders were in short supply.
Grey Plover-Humber foreshore below BAE airfield Brough.
A small flock of Roe Deer were grazing the reeds by the airfield but wandered off as I approached.
Roe Deer-BAE airfield at Brough
Still a few Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers today.
Common Darter-Welton Waters
Finished the day at North Cave Wetlands where a Great White Egret had been seen briefly this morning, likely the bird seen this afternoon at Tophill Low NR.