Monthly Archives: July 2013

Rutland Weekend

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted it is of course the busiest time of year for me here is our weekend trip report to the Rutland Water area beginning Friday the 26th of July, Link here PRESS, ¬†or you can go by via the Trip report tab at the top and scrolling down to Rutland then moving over to July 2013, Thanks for reading Huddsbirder

Yellow and Black Longhorn Beetle

Yellow and Black Longhorn Beetle

Old Moor RSPB

Back down to Old Moor on insect watch thanks to the brilliant weather we have been having, it wasn’t an easy decision ūüėČ

On arrival with were greeted by Common Blue Damselflies which out numbered the Blue Tailed and Azure. Four Spotted Chasers were about along with Brown Hawker, and Southern Hawker, all good be found around the ponds. Down on Green Lane we came across a Common Darter

Butterflies and Moths were numerous with Ringlet, Meadow Browns, Small Skippers, Large Skippers, Small Tortoiseshells, Small and Large Whites, Gatekeeper, and Narrow Bordered 5 Spotted Burnets

Birds of the day included Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Sand Martins, Oystercatcher, Avocets, Redshank, Tufted Duck, Black-headed Gulls, Lapwing, Starlings, Mute Swan, Mallard, and Tufted Duck

Ringlet Butterfly


Four Spotted Chaser

Four Spotted Chaser

Tophill Low

A change of venue this time and a day trip out to Tophill Low Nature Reserve and a chance hopefully of seeing some of the splendid insects that have been reported this week. We arrived at 10am just in time for the wardens morning walk around the reserve, a free event  might I add, bliss to a Yorkshireman.

It wasn’t long before the warden pointed out a Pyramid Orchid and then we soon encountered or first beetle a magnificent Golden bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle [Agapanthia¬†villosoviridescens] followed shortly by a Yellow and Black Longhorn Beetle [Rutpela¬†maculata], Damselflies were encountered along the footpaths mainly Azure and Common Blue, many Ringlet and Meadow Brown Butterflies in the long grasses, we soon made a first stop at the a hide to see Kingfishers going to and fro along with Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Mute Swan,¬† and Reed Bunting. Out second stop produced the breeding pair of Little Ringed Plover along with Black-headed Gulls, Magpies, Herons and Crows. Or last hide was to see the breeding Marsh Harriers and whilst we were waiting for them to show we watched Four Spotted Chasers and Emperor Dragonflies, finally the female Marsh Harrier put in a brief appearance, the walk was soon over but we did end on a brief Sparrowhawk as it darted into the trees on our way back to the car park for lunch.

After lunch we a had a brief walk out to the other half of the reserve where we encountered a Figwort weevil [Gonus scrophulariae] , Soldier Beetles [Rhagonycha fulva], Cardinal beetle [Pyrochroa serraticornis] , Scorpion Fly Sp. along with Large Skipper, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood Butterflies

Day List :-

Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Blackbird, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Little Ringed Plover, Tufted Duck, Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Common Tern, Kingfisher, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Common Whitethroat, Four Spotted Chaser, Emperor Dragonfly, Azure Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue tailed Damselfly, Meadow Brown Butterfly, Ringlet Butterfly, Red Admiral Butterfly, Speckled Wood Butterfly, Large Skipper Butterfly. Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle, Golden bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle, Click Beetle Sp, Soldier Beetle, Figwort Weevil, Cardinal Beetle, Heliophilus pendulas Hoverfly, Scorpion Fly Sp.
Figwort Weevil

Figwort Weevil [Cionus scrophulariae]

Pyramid Orchid

Pyramid Orchid