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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.


Cork Moth-Drewton Estate


View from Drewton Estate.


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.


Alder Fly-Watton


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.


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.


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.


Common Tern-High Eske NR


Chimney Sweeper-Pulfin NR


Azure Damselfly-High Eske NR


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.


Cocksfoot Moth-Hudson WayDSCN7895Cinnabar Moth-Kiplingcotes Chalk pit


Dingy Skipper-Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit


Green-legged Sawfly


Common Blue Butterfly-Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit


Small Heath-Hudson Way

Speckled WoodSpeckled Wood-Hudson Way


Tenthredo livida


Nettle-tap-Hudson Way


For more from Kiplingcotes check here

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.


Southern Marsh Orchid-N.Newbald

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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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