Monthly Archives: August 2013

Old Moor RSPB

Here we are again on the last day of August with the weather having turned windy and a bit on the chilly side we were not expecting many insects out today and we were right, three Dragonflies 2 Common Darter and a fine Common Hawker along with 2 Emerald Damselflies. 

So it was over to the birds to steal the limelight and they sure did, we settled straight into the Wath Ings hide and were greeted with a feeding Spoonbill, a little bit distant for the camera but I did manage a couple of record shots before it flew off into the willow trees and staying there thru out our stay in Wath Ings hide. Along with the Spoonbill we saw Golden Plover, Lapwing, Grey Heron, Green Sandpipers, Common Snipe, Swallows, House Martins, Ruff and Dunlin being the highlights. On then to the Wader Scrap hide were we were lucky to find a Wheatear and even saw the star of the show at Old Moor this week the Night Heron, although distant, so 3 new birds for the site in one day. Another great thing for the day was all the Buff tip caterpillars about.

Old Moor Bird List

Buff tip Caterpillars

Buff tip catapillars

Common Hawker

Migrant Hawker

Bullcliffe Nature Reserve

Had a couple of hours wonder around a local nature reserve today near the Bretton area with a fellow pentaxian on insect watch and photo shoot, always breezy here at the Bullcliffe sit and is always hard to pin down insect species. There were no Dragonflies and Damselflies about a few Butterflies species encountered Peacock, Small White, Large White, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, and a Small Skipper along with a very nice Silver Y Moth. Shieldbugs were on my hit list for the day it took me a while but find one I did stuck in a bramble patch and hard to get to as well, a few photos followed before I left the Hairy (sloe) Sheildbug to go it’s own way once again. Rather a lot of crane flies were on hand as was a very nice Phantom Crane Fly which allowed me to take a few photos of it. Along with the crane flies a few Common Green Grasshoppers

Phantom Crane Fly

Crane Fly Sp?

Hairy Shieldbug

Hairy (sloe) Shieldbug 32/52

Small Skipper

Small Skipper