A Ponds Visit

Another sunny day and another visit down to my local ponds, on my way there I was getting a bit disheartened due to the lack of insects to be seen but that was soon to chance.

I firstly went down to a pond I don’t usually visit, scarred up a female Pheasant and young along with a Lapwing, when my heart had settled I managed to find a Couple of Common Darters on the pond, one was fairly settled on a reed and was using it to hunt from, also here were a couple of Green Woodpeckers “Yaffling” from the nearby trees after watching for 20 minutes I moved on.

I found myself by a couple of my favourite ponds where again there were a few more Common Darters about along with a couple of Emperor Dragonfly and Emerald Damselflies. On another nearby pond another I don’t usually visit had a Hawker species flying around never settling I never got to find out which one but was thinking Southern or Common.

Other highlights were Small Heath Butterfly, Silver Y Moth and a Field Grasshopper

The Days List :- Common Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Lapwing, Stock Dove, Gatekeeper, Green veined White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Small Heath, Small White, Speckled Wood, Blue tailed Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Emerald Damselfly, Emperor, Silver Y Moth



Emerald Damselfly



Field Grasshopper

Video of the Day can be viewed HERE

Photos of the Day can be seen HERE



North Cave Wetlands

A day out with the full day at one of Yorkshires top sites, look on my sites tab for the location.

Arrived at 10am with the day being scheduled hopefully to find Black tailed Skimmer and photograph one.

Set off down Dryham Lane to many Common Darters along the hedges with a few Blue tailed Damselfly, but the nicest surprise was finding a single Small Copper Butterfly, my first of the year.

I stopped off at the Crosslands hide where I saw the splendid sight of eight Little Egrets feeding in the channels.

I then made my way to around the Carp Lake where once again there were lots of Common Darters a few Ruddy Darter along with a single Southern Hawker, lots of Blue tailed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly and a few Common Blue Damselflies. After much searching and patience I finally found a Black tailed Skimmer, or did it find me as it flew past and settled nearby but then was soon off alas with out me capturing it on film, I never saw another all day.

Another first for the year encounter was a Brown Argus Butterfly which was in close proximity of a couple of Common Blue Butterflies so was a great opportunity to compare the two species

Other bird highlights for me today were Common Terns, Black tailed Godwit and Oystercatchers

Birds List :- Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Crow, Common Tern, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Little Egret, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Tufted Duck, Woodpigeon

Butterflies :- Brown Argus, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Green veined White, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Ringlet, Small Copper, Small White, Speckled Wood

Dragonflies :- Black tailed Skimmer, Blue tailed Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Common Blue Damselfly, Common Darter, Emperor, Ruddy Darter, Southern Hawker

Moth :- Shaded broad Bar


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Sphaerophoria interrupta Hoverfly


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Ruddy Darter

Video of the day can be viewed HERE

More Photos can be seen HERE

Local Ponds

Now in week 31 of the year and week 19 of lockdown. Been a few week since I was out, mainly due to weather,  so it was sunny so I decided on another visit out to the ponds.

There was a few butterfly species about but nothing new , Ringlets and Meadow Browns are still around but looking rather tatty, Small Skippers, Small Tortiseshell, Small Heath, and Gatekeeper were seen.

Dragonfly were harder to find with only singles of Brown Hawker, Common Blue and Emerald Damselflies

Marmalade Hoverfly

Episyrphus balteatus Hoverfly









More Photos at my Flickr HERE  or Video of the event HERE

Lockdown 12

Week 29 now week 17 of the lockdown measures although restrictions are slowly lifting with pubs, cafes and Restaurants opening.

We ventured out to the coast to a favourite place if ours, Filey. Our first pretty off call was Filey Dams where we saw, Black headed Gulls, Canada Geese, Grey Heron, Little Grebe , and a handful of Dunlin.

We moved on to the country park and had a gentle stroll around, off the brigg we saw Gannet, Puffin, Razorbill, Fulmar, Kittwake, Guillemot and Shag.

We called in at Bempton Cliffs mainly for the spectacle of the seabird city and wasn’t disappointed we saw all the usual as we did in Filey, but these were much closer. Tree Sparrow and Linnet were added for the day.

Puffin Video  HERE

Local Ponds

Still in lockdown and week 28 of the year, I had some free time so ventured out to the local quarry where there is a system of ponds and hopefully bag a few Dragonflies.
Walking down a pick up a few butterflies namely Meadow Brown,  Peacock, Green veined White, Ringlet, Small Heath and a new one for the year Gatekeepers were now out.
Out at the ponds Emperor Dragonfly were still around along with Blue tailed Damselfly but new for the year were Brown Hawkers and Emerald Damselflies.
Moths seen were Narrow bordered five spot Burnet, Silver Y, Shaded broad Bar and a Straw Dot

Video of the Day  HERE


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Straw Dot Moth


Lockdown 11

Still in week 26 of the year and week 14 of the lockdown and I was having another day out to get my Common Blue Butterflies this time to a new site over near North Cave.

Arriving on site at Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit car park (Location) at around 10am and parking to the sound of a Yellowhammer was a warm welcome, a quick snack and I was off.

A was soon picking up butterflies species on way to the pit, Red Admirals, and Meadow Browns, the walk is along an old railway line lined with flowers, a few hoverflies were seen here Pied Hoverfly being one.

On site I could see plenty of Marbled White Butterflies about and a few great photo opportunities. Common Blue was on site but not settling, need a lot of patience today I think to catch these. During the walk around the site I picked up on Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Large White Butterflies and Moths were Cinnabar, Narrow bordered Five Spot Burnet and Silver Y’s


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Common Blue Butterfly

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Marbled White Butterfly

That was Kiplingcotes I was heading home but found myself passing North cave Wetlands so popped in (Car Park Location), well had to really. So off looking for Dragonflies and Damselflies it would be nice to final catch up with a Black tailed Skimmer here (it wasn’t to be). Damselflies were about Blue tailed and Common Blue Damselflies were the ones I found, the larger dragonflies were Broad Bodied Chaser, Four Spotted Chaser and Emperor Dragonfly. One of the highlights was a Twin lobed Deer fly of which I got lucky with, it landed on my hand but it wasn’t till after I took the photo that I saw it was a female (these can give a nasty bite).

Birds seen around NCW were…. Black headed Gull, Cettis Warbler, Coot, Greylag Goose, Lesser Whitethroat, Moorhen, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler, Shelduck, redshank, Swallow and tufted Duck

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Twin lobed Deer Fly

More photos can be seen at my Flick Account HERE

and a video diary of the day at my You Tube Channel HERE

Lockdown 10

Week 26 of the year, week 14 of the Lockdown with things still slowly being lifted but the big changes will come on the 4th of July when the Pubs, Restaurants etc will be opening and people once again coming closer together.

Out again the and out to lockdown site No2 for more Dragonflies. My first find on site were Common Green Grasshoppers, so a nice little macro shot of that. Nearer to the ponds I came across Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath and Large White Butterflies.

On the ponds were Broad Bodied Chaser, Emperor dragonfly and finally a Four Spotted Chaser put it was around the edges on the vegetation I was more interested in with all the Damselflies settling now and again, a great macro opportunity of Common Blue, Blue tailed, Azure and Large Red Damselflies

Other highlights around the ponds were Cinnabar Moth and Cinnabar Moth Catapillars, Latticed Heath Moth and a Tipula lateralis Cranefly

More Photos can be seen at my Flickr site HERE

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Common Blue Damselflies

Lockdown 9

Week 25 of the year and week 13 of the Lockdown, still furloughed, so with sun shining I decided on a all but brief visit out to one of my lockdown sites for a look around for Common Blue Butterflies.

There were a few of the common butterflies around (Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell) and now Ringlet and Meadow Browns were being prominent but alas no Common Blue

Moths around were a few Silver Y Moths, Narrow bordered Five Spotted Burnet Moth, Latticed Heath and a nice find was a Yarrow Plume Moth

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Yarrow Plume Moth


Lockdown 8

I now find myself furloughed for a three week stint, thank you Covid-19. Restrictions continue to slowly ease but with no news of restrictions for the vulnerable, life carries on in a difficult format.

Sun was shining, vitamin D was calling and so was my well being, so a local walk where I knew I wouldn’t come across anyone.

My first stop was near a cluster of daisies were I saw my first Meadow Brown of the year along with Large Skipper, a seven spot ladybird larvae was a nice find also. Moving on I came across an area of bramble where I found more Meadow Brown and Large Skipper with as very brief view of a Common Blue.

Walking thru the wood I came across a Large Red Damselfly before I finally reached my target area where I was hoping for larger dragonflies.

On approaching the first pond I could see a couple of large dragonflies on settling in I found a singles of Emperor and a Male Broad Bodied Chaser.

Looking around the other ponds I came across more Emperors, Broad Bodied Chaser and also a single and all but brief view of a Four Spotted Chaser which was seen off by an Emperor

View a Video of my day at the Ponds HERE

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Broad Bodied Chaser



Lockdown 7

We carry on in lockdown with the news this week that the vulnerable people can now visit a family member elsewhere but at a social distance, I myself enter my 12th week of isolation.

I was back at the lockdown reserve where I knew I wouldn’t come across anybody hoping this time to come across the Common Blue Butterfly, my hopes were to be dashed when the rain soon set in. I did however manage a couple of flower macros along with bees and hoverflies before I left the site in a brighter moment of sunshine.

I headed back home but decided on stopping off at a local viewpoint, the weather had now brighted up closer to home but the wind was still a concern. On entering the site I was a bit dismayed, the long grass had been cut this was a first for me on this site. I was here now so I had a look round and picked up a couple of Small Heath Butterflies, which after disturbing them soon went to ground in the grass keeping out of the wind. I found a part of the site which had been left uncut, mainly due to its passion I think, it was also catching the sun along here too. I spent a while down this ride picking up a couple of Common Carpet Moths… hoverflies inc. Helophilus trivittatus, Episyrphus balteatus (Marmalde Hoverfly) and Rhingia campestris


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