Monthly Archives: September 2010

Flamborough and Tophill Low

The decision was made an early start and off to the coast to do a bit of sea watching, arriving at Flamborough Head in gale force NNW winds I settled in by the lighthouse wall, out of the wind, with a small group of watchers. After yesterdays movement of Shearwaters and Skuas I was hoping for some more good numbers, good numbers of Gannets going north and south but I struggled seeing Shearwaters but Manx and Sooty were seen although in very low numbers and no Skuas at all, other highlights were a adult Peregrine excellent views as it battled it s way north at eye level, Red Throated and Great Northern Divers, Common Scoters, Shag and Cormorant, Eider, Lesser Black Backed and Great Black Backed Gulls.

After 3 hours sitting in the wind it was time to leave but not before seeing Linnet in the car park scrub. Inland I headed to Tophill Low NR for a couple of hours catching up on a few duck species Mallard, Gadwall, Teal and Shoveler other birds added to the day list Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose and Kestrel. There were also a few Dragonflies hanging about and thats what I had mainly come for Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker and a few Common Darters of course the Hawkers never settled for photos but the Darters did heres another Common Darter photo.

Common Darter

Still in the Black

Week 37 things are getting quieter at work mainly because I can’t get to the pond because of the Cows being were they shouldn’t be and not in the field were they should be, broken fences and the farmer not caring where they go. Anyway butterflies about still Speckled Wood and a very nice Comma [no photo camera not at work

Friday was more of a reccy day out at Stocksmoor Common looking for the Dragon Pond there, I did manage to locate it but once again its in a field where cows roam, there were not here today however so I did manage to get to the pond seeing a few Common Darters some in tandem. After Stocksmoor I moved on next door  to Bullcliff Top Wood to try and find some more dragons but nowt today, the birds moving thru were Buzzard (4), Swallows, Jay and a Kestrel hunting the local field, Butterflies around here included more Speckled Wood, Common Blue and Peacock. Then of course I had to run down to Pugneys to keep the black theme going to find the reported Black Terns along with a couple of Common Terns.

Saturday the 18th we ended up at Old Moor once again with a few friends to hopefully find a few waders going thru. Wath Ings hide held Greenshank, Curlew Sandpiper (3), Black Tailed Godwit (1), Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Ruff (1), Ringed Plover (1), loads of Lapwing.Other birds around the reserve Kestrel, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Black Headed Gull, Goldfinch, Linnet, Grey Heron, Crow, Jackdaw and I’ve probably missed a couple. Common Darter, Migrant Hawker (Male) and Common Blue Damselfly (Male) also seen

In the Black

Week 36 started slowly with a  few Butterflies still hanging on at work namely Speckled Wood, Large White and Small Copper. At home we have started to get a few Peacocks but no Red Admiral has yet. I had Wednesday afternoon off work and headed up on to the moors at Langsett to try and find the rerported Black Redstart which had been there a few days near the old farm buildings, after about an hour I caught sight of the bird, a patch first good start, I then headed off to do a little Dragonfly hunting around the Langset area Common Hawker (2), Emerald Damselfly, Blue Tailed Damselfly and a new find Black Darter

Black Darter

Friday we headed off to Potteric Carr to try and find a Bittern for my wife and ended up seeing a few Kingfishers, Great Spotted Woodpecker (MOVIE), Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Pheasant, Long Tailed Tit, Grey Hero, Black Headed Gull, Emerald Damselfly, Southern Hawker but no bittern

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

Week 35

Start of the week 35 was a Bank Holiday Monday and that was spent at Old Moor were there was a good movement of waders going thro with Greenshank, Ruffs, Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpipers, Dunlin and Spotted Redshank (Spotted Redshank now takes my area list to the magic 100). On the other hand winter birds have started to build up with Golden Plover and Lapwing in numbers. There was only a couple of Butterflies knocking about Speckled Wood and Green Veined White with Dragonflies a little better with Common Darters being in better numbers, we also spotted Migrant Hawker and a Ruddy Darter. Old Moor Day List 

Common Darter


The week at work has gone quiet apart from a few Green Veined Whites, Small Coppers and the glimpse of another Silver Y moth, a few Dragons still about mainly in the form of Brown Hawker and Common Darter. A trip out to Scout Dike on the Friday to get a few Butterfly species under the belt before the season ends with my first Wall and Painted Lady of the year along with more Speckled Woods, Common Blue, Small Coppers, Gatekeepers and my first Small Heath 

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Birds at Scout Dike involved plenty of Grey Heron these were into double figures Greenshank (1), Common Sandpiper (1), Swallows, House Martins, Meadow Pipits, Whitethroat (2), Willow  Warbler, Chiffchaff, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Crow, Lapwing, Starling, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Teal 

The week ended at Fairburn with very little to report Dragonfly wise quite a lot of Common Darter about with the odd Ruddy Darter, Ruddies now looking a little bit worse for wear.