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. 

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