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Great, Small and micro

5/6 Had a good walk round the Drewton Estate on Wednesday afternoon. The plan had been to look for butterflies and moths but the low cloud that plagued the east coast recently hadn’t burnt off so ended up seeing, apart from the ever present Nettle-taps, one moth but this was a new one for me, a Cork Moth. A really nice looking micro.

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Cork Moth-Drewton Estate

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View from Drewton Estate.

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Black Swan-Drewton Manor

6/6 Went to look for Dragonflies at Fountain Farm, Watton with Roy and Martin L on Thursday afternoon. Only managed 6 Azure Damselflies but a few other interesting insects.

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Alder Fly-Watton

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Nettle Weevils-Watton

With the Great White Egret reported again this afternoon at Tophill Low NR went to get a site tick for Martin after adding it to his Yorkshire List on Tuesday.

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Sand Martin-Tophill Low NR

Had been seen recently at Struncheon Hill Pond but no sign of it there late afternoon. Split up and Roy and Martin checked the ditches around Hempholme Meadow whilst I checked the area west of Barmston Drain. Shortly got a call from Martin that Roy had seen it dropped onto Hempholme Meadow. We then viewed it from Barmston Drain bank for a few minute before it took off and flew strongly east.

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Great White Egret-Hempholme Meadow

Did return as Lee Johnson had it in the evening from North Marsh. This is the 3rd record for the site [check here]. All seen by Roy and I. More here.

Great White Egret-Tophill Low NR-June 1997-1st record.

Ring-necked Duck had been reported again for the last two days but no sign for us early evening or other regulars earlier.

7/6 The Great White Egret was again at the north end of Tophill Low NR on Friday. Went to High Eske late afternoon. The Oystercatcher still had one very large chick but the Common Terns had abandoned their nest but were still present so could sit again.

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Common Tern-High Eske NR

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Chimney Sweeper-Pulfin NR

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Azure Damselfly-High Eske NR

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Blue-tailed Damselfly-High Eske NR

Had a few Lapwing chicks on Leven Carrs. Good numbers of odonata along Leven Canal earlier but too cold later but I had a few damselflies behind High Eske pit. 3 Ringed Plover were on the temporary Islands when I returned to the NR.

8/6 Went to Swinemoor with Roy and Martin L on Saturday afternoon. I picked out the now tatty drake Garganey. Also 2 Ringed Plover and 4 Little Ringed Plover. Had a look at Bewholme Hall then check the sea between Atwick and Barmston. Had a few Puffin, a Manx Shearwater off Ulrome and a female Eider off Barmston.

9/6 Went to Tophill Low NR with Roy on Sunday morning. Jeff Barker had the Great White Egret on Hempholme Meadow early morning but no further sign although we had it’s smaller cousin flying north from North Marsh, causing some confusion at Hempholme Meadow. We went to Kiplingcotes with John this afternoon. Hoped for the recently seen Turtle Doves but missed out along with several others. Although not exactly warm it was brighter than at Tophill Low NR and we managed a good list of insects. In some way the less perfect weather can help with butterflies and moths as although harder to find are less mobile when located which helped with Dingy Skipper which can be difficult to photograph.

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Cocksfoot Moth-Hudson WayDSCN7895Cinnabar Moth-Kiplingcotes Chalk pit

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Dingy Skipper-Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit

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Green-legged Sawfly

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Common Blue Butterfly-Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit

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Small Heath-Hudson Way

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Tenthredo livida

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Nettle-tap-Hudson Way

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10/6 Monday afternoon checked out a site at North Newbald. Looked good for Banded Demoiselle but too cold today. Had my first orchids of the year.

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Southern Marsh Orchid-N.Newbald

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Year ticking tiny Temminck’s at Tophill Low NR

22/5 Having missed two on Saturday [see here and here] I was glad to get a message of a Temminck’s Stint on at Tophill Low NR on Watton NR on Wednesday morning. Getting there late afternoon it was still present but distant and often difficult to pick out when static. Also a Wood Sandpiper, a tundrae Ringed  Plover, both new for the site year list, Common Sandpiper and 2 1st summer Little Gulls.

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Wood Sandpiper-Watton NR

Little Gull

Little Gull-Tophill Low NR

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Common Tern-Watton NR

Several Marsh Harriers still being seen and the Osprey was over again early morning.

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Marsh Harrier-Tophill Low NR

Checked out the ever present Ring-necked Duck on the way out.

Roy and Martin L went to Paull and had off Saltend 68 Shelduck, 23 Curlew and  4 Oystercatcher. 20 Ringed Plover on Paull Holme Strays and on Paull Sands 55 Ringed Plover, 42 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, 35 Turnstone,  720 Grey Plover, 113 Bar-tailed  Godwit, 230 Knot, 5 Avocet, c30 Shelduck, c60 Curlew and 11 Whimbrel. Also a Common Buzzard over.

23/5 Had look round Burton Bushes near Beverley on Thursday morning but no sign of any Spotted Flycatchers.

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Burton Bushes

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Fungi-Burton Bushes

Did Swinemoor this afternoon but no sign of the Ruff seen on Monday but still 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Did Tophill Low NR with Roy. The Temminck’s Stint was still on Watton NR. Also Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 1st summer Little Gulls dropped in again.

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Common Sandpiper-Watton NR

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Little Ringed Plover-Tophill Low NR

The pair of Little Ringed Plover were still on South Marsh East. The Ring-necked Duck was still on D reservoir.

For last weekend at Kelk check here.

For news from Risby Estate nr Skidby check here.

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Winter again?

11/5 Only managed an hour at nearby Woodland Trust site Nut Wood and Wauldby Sprogs on Saturday evening. I’ve visited this area since I was a child and it was one of my first birding sites. The main interest is a few breeding Marsh Tits but also over the years have seen other interesting birds including Green Woodpecker, Brambling  and Hobby. However it can be hard work and today was no exception.

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Nut Wood

Like a lot of sites this years Blackcaps were very common but I had little else and it became more of a botanical trip.

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Ramsons

12/5 Did Swinemoor from Weel Road with John on Sunday morning. Only found 3 Wood Sandpipers and no Little Ringed Plovers.

Went to Tophill Low NR. The Ring-necked Duck was still on D reservoir, initially a the north end but close from the car park hide later.

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Ring-necked Duck

I picked up a first winter Mediterranean Gull with a few Common and Black-headed Gulls. Also 2 Common Terns.

Walked south this afternoon. Had 2 Marsh Harrier and the 2 Little Ringed Plovers were still on the nearly dry South Marsh East. Retreated to the car park hide mid afternoon as the weather deteriorated. Nothing new and with the rain not yet set in I headed north. Met up with Martin H and I joined him looking for Large Red Damselfly exuviae.

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Large Red Damselfly exuvia

Had c50, all new from yesterday and I had my first Large Red for the year.

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Large Red Damselfly

Also had a Drinker caterpillar.

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Drinker caterpillar

Rain set in and we retreated to the car park hide but nothing new so didn’t stay much longer.

For recent Hornsea Mere sighting check here.

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Early May

6/5 Did Hornsea Mere from the hide on Monday morning with Martin L, Roy and John. Highlights were a Black-tailed Godwit flying west and a Cuckoo.

John had 2 Avocets at Bewholme Hall.

Went to Tophill Low NR this afternoon. Ring-necked Duck still on D reservoir.

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Went to catch the tide at Paull Holme Strays late afternoon. Had 10 Whimbrel, 14 Shelduck, 400 Dunlin, 49 Ringed Plover [mostly tundra], 4 Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, 10 Avocet, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and Greenshank.

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Nathan Pickering had a Wood Sandpiper on Swinemoor this morning.

7/5 My first Swifts over Cottingham on Tuesday morning,

Did Swinemoor from Weel Road. Quickly picked up 3 Wood Sandpiper [4 later]. Also 3 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Redshank but most of the wildfowl had moved on.

Went on to High Eske. The resident female Goldeneye was still holding onto a male. Walked north. No waders on Leven Carrs scrape or raptors over but heard a Cuckoo. Returning to the NR had my first Orange-tips. Little Ringed Plover and Wood Sandpiper on the “scrape” but flushed by a Fox.

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Red Fox-High Eske NR

A Common Tern flew in.

Went to look for migrants in Cottingham early evening. Common Whitethroat in fields off Dunswell Road and Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcaps in Oppy Wood. The highlight though was a very approachable Water Vole in a rubbish filled drain at the latter site.

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Water Vole-Oppy Wood-Cottingham

For my recent moth trapping click here.

8/5 2 Arctic Terns at Hornsea Mere on Wednesday

9/5 Osprey over Tophill Low NR late Thursday morning.

Kumlien’s Gull still on Barmston beach.

10/5 Went to Swinemoor with Roy and Martin L on Friday afternoon. Had the 6 Wood Sandpiper reported yesterday [9 reported by Nathan Pickering later]. Also 7 Redshank and 3 Little Ringed Plover.

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Wood Sandpipers-Swinemoor

Went to Tophill Low NR. Had time to day tick the Ring-necked Duck on D reservoir as well as 800+ Swift over before heading to High Eske to collect the 2 tern rafts. Have mixed feelings about this. Managed to get them on High Eske NR 2 years ago when a pair each of Common Tern and Black-headed Gull breed. However they broke free in the winter and we didn’t manage to put them out again last year, probably a good thing as the high water levels during the summer would have been a problem. This year with South Marsh East drained and the logistics of using them again at High Eske NR beyond us they will be put on Watton NR [hopefully very soon!] to  with luck attract any displaced terns.

Moving the tern rafts

Loading the tern rafts at High Eske NR

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Drake Garganey at Hornsea Mere early morning.

11/5 First summer Little Gull and 2 Arctic Terns at Hornsea Mere on Saturday.

6 Wood Sandpiper and 3 Whimbrel on Swinemoor.

Ring-necked Duck still at Tophill Low NR as well as drake Garganey and first summer Little Gull. 
For recent new from Barmston click here.

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A slow week

30/4 Went to High Eske NR on Tuesday afternoon. Still 2 White Wagtails and few a Yellow Wagtails as well as a Common Sandpiper and Pink-footed Goose.

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White Wagtail-High Eske NR

All the regular breeding warblers were now in.

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Good number of Peacock butterflies at High Eske NR

Had 3 Little Ringed Plovers on Swinemoor.

1/5 Only managed a walk in Cottingham on Wednesday evening. Did KGV rec and fields behind as far as Creyke Beck substation. Very few migrants with one Blackcap and a silent Chiffchaff but had a Green Woodpecker calling behind Millhouse Woods Lane pumping station.

2/5 Went to Tophill Low NR on Thursday afternoon. The Ring-necked Duck was still on D reservoir but distant. Walked north along the road. Good number of Yellow Wagtails in Decoy Fields but distant and hidden in the emerging crop. Little Egret again on Hempholme Meadows.

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Little Egret-Tophill Low NR

Cetti’s Warbler still by South Marsh West but had moved from close to back to back hide.

3/5 Went to Welton Waters on Friday afternoon. Very quiet with few warblers but had my first Garden Warbler by the WAC building, not a regular bird here.

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Bar-tailed Godwit-Welton Waters

For the last month at Hornsea Mere check here.

4/5 Back to High Eske NR on Saturday afternoon. The resident female Goldeneye was still hanging onto a male. Walked to Leven Canal. Female Marsh Harrier again hunting the carrs and a Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape.

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Black-tailed Godwit-Leven Carrs

Hopefully the first of many waders and a first for the site.

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Leven Carrs scrape

Returning to the borrow pit I had a Little Ringed Plover.

At Swinemoor I had 3 Greenshank and 3 Little Ringed Plover.

5/5 Streamer moth in the trapped on Sunday morning was a first for the garden. Check here for my new moth blog.

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Streamer

Went to Tophill Low NR with John. The Ring-necked Duck was still on D reservoir and I found a female Scaup. Also at least 2 female Marsh Harriers seen. Did the north end this morning but nothing of note but did have my first Green-veined White butterfly and heard a Cuckoo. Walked the south end this afternoon. A pair of Little Ringed Plover still showing interest in South Marsh East, although whether they can withstand the disturbance of the management work over the next few weeks we’ll have to see. Cetti’s Warbler still singing by South Marsh West but again mid way between the hides.

For more from the reserve, including a tour of the new centre, check here.

Kumlien’s Gull still Barmston beach this morning.

Geoff Dobbs had 4 Greenshank, 5 Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sand and lots of LRPs at Swinemoor this evening.

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More like spring at Tophill Low NR

28/4 Went to Tophill Low NR with John on Sunday morning. Started in D reservoir car park hide. Good number of hirundines as well as a small number of Common Swifts. Also a female Marsh Harrier flew south. Seen again later and then 2 seen early evening. Walked up through D woods to Hempholme Meadows. Little Egret there but flew to the river after being flushed to 2 volunteer wardens.

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Little Egret-Hempholme Meadows

Also had my first Whitethroat singing near the hide as well as a showy pair of Blackcap.

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Common Whitethroat-Hempholme Meadows

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Female Blackcap-Hempholme Meadows

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Male Blackcap-Hempholme Meadows

Several tens of Swift over the north end. Walked back along the road.

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Tree Sparrow-Barmston Drain

Had no wagtails but a few on the reservoir wall below car park hide, a brief “channel-type”, 2 more showy Whites and 4 Yellows and a Pied.

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White Wagtail-D reservoir wall

Had lunch in the hide and picked up a Common Tern [a 2nd or 2 more seen after we went south]. Went south this afternoon, first to South Marsh East where a Greenshank was showing.

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Greenshank-South Marsh East

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South Marsh East-now nearly dry

Then went to South Marsh West where the Cetti’s Warbler was in good song but only giving brief views, and Reed Warbler just audible in the wind. Also heard a Cetti’s briefly by North Lagoon. On Watton NR a pair of Little Ringed Plover had been seen copulating. Lesser Whitethroat singing in South Scrub, Ended the day back at car park hide where the Ring-necked Duck was showing up close having dropped in mid afternoon.

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Drake Ring-necked Duck-D reservoir

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Getting cold again!

24/4 Went to Tophill Low NR on Wednesday afternoon. The intention was to check out the Blue-headed Wagtails seen over the weekend so after confirming the Ring-necked Duck was still on D reservoir [before departing to Hornsea Mere for a short break] headed north up the straight road but only had a single Yellow Wagtail.

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Drake Ring-necked Duck-Tophill Low NR-M.Lonsdale.

After checking Hempholme Meadows walked back through D woods. Had a Lesser Redpoll at the north end. Then headed straight for Watton NR before the light got too flaring. Had a Little Ringed Plover, probably the 1st sighting for a while. Then did South Marsh West. The Cetti’s Warbler was again singing close to “back to back’ hide. Even saw in a bush close to the hide but repeatedly failed to locate it in the view finder, did the same on Saturday. On the now almost drain South East I found 2 White Wagtails as well as 2 Redshank. In fact so dry now there was a excavator out on it!

For more from the reserve check here.

25/4 Ring-necked Duck relocated on Hornsea Mere on Thursday morning.

Roy and Martin had the 2 redhead Goosander and 5 Pink-footed Geese at High Eske NR.

I birded outside the “valley”.

For recent wildlife sightings in the Beverley area check here

27/4 Had the trap out over night on Friday. Only a Early Grey.

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Early Grey

Went to Hornsea Mere with Roy on Saturday afternoon. Had the pair of Red-crested Pochard and mixed pair again from the hide.

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Pair of Red-crested Pochard-Hornsea Mere 

Roy picked up the pair of Black-necked Grebes, 1st reported a week ago, but close to the south side. Also despite numbers down eslewhere we had 88 Goldeneye.  Also Common Sandpiper on Swan Island. However no sign of the Ring-necked Duck seen again yesterday, Round at Kirkholme Point there was a very mobile flock of wagtails including a Channel-type. Also a male Wheatear

Went to Atwick to do a sea watch but couldn’t get out of the wind so moved to Ulrome where we got a shelter between the caravans. Got my 1st Sandwich Tern as well as a few Kittiwake, Gannet and Red-throated Divers and Guillemot.

Checked Bewholme Hall where had a Little Ringed Plover and pair of Oystercatcher.

Finished at Swinemoor. Still plenty of duck but only waders were 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Redshank. For more recently from here check here and here.

For the 1st damselfly at Tophill Low NR check here.

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