Monthly Archives: May 2014

Moth Night

New moon and cloudy warm night I decided on giving the moth trap a night out wit the hope a catching a few new species. Before bed I had a quick look and saw the trap was attracting a lot of Light brown apple Moths so a good start.

Early morning rise and straight out to the trap and I could see I was in for a few surprises with a couple of nicely col0ured moths in the trap. This is what I had

  1. Brimstone Moth (1) [which wasn’t hanging around for a photo and was soon in the next doors garden]
  2. Bright-line Brown-eye (1)  [A new species]
  3. Cabbage Moth (1)  [New Species]
  4. Clouded bordered Brindle (1) [New Species]
  5. Common Carpet Moth (1)
  6. Garden Carpet (1)
  7. Marbled Minor aggregate (1) [Aggregate due to this species being difficult to split from other minors, can only be certain with a dissection]
  8. Scalloped Hazel (3) [New Species]
  9. Small Magpie (1) [New Species}
  10. White Ermine (1) [New Species]

Not a  lot on numbers but some very nice moths….here’s a few pictures (and more of the catch can be seen at my Flickr HERE)

Scalloped Hazel

Scalloped Hazel Moth

White Ermine

White Ermine Moth


Small magpie Moth

Common Marbled carpet

Common Marbled Carpet Moth

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Old Moor RSPB

Once again out to Old Moor but with it being a hot day we were on insect watch primarily hoping for a few damselflies and chasers. We were there at 11am just as things were warming up nicely and we were not disappointed with a full set of damselflies hoped for around the pools Large Reds, Common Blue, Azure and Blue tailed all seen, dragonflies and Four spotted Chaser put in a good appearance with 3 seen with one individual putting in a great appearance which was well photographed by many. Whist watching the Chasers we were taken by surprise by what we first thought was a snake but with better views, eventually after a wait, we were reward with fast views of a large Slow Worm.

Butterflies about today were Brimstone and my first Dingy Skipper and Common Blue of the year

We did get further on to the reserve with what little time we had left taking in the Wader Scrape hide first highlights here were Common TernAvocet, and the breeding Lesser Black backed gulls. The walk down Green Lane was productive with Reed warbler, Common Whitethroat, Sand martins, Greenfinch, and Willow Warbler. 

We also had a little time in the family hide seeing Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Black headed Gulls, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe and Mallard. Our last port of call was the new location site for the Bittern Hide, but alas no Bittern, only Coots, Moorhens, Black headed Gulls and a few Mallards

Day List in no particular order :-

Common Tern, Avocet, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Gadwall, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Black headed Gull, Lesser Black backed Gull, Lapwing, Coot, Moorhen, Greenfinch, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blue Tit, Redshank, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Woodpigeon, Sand Martin, Magpie, Oystercatcher,

Four Spotted Chaser, Blue tailed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Brimstone, Dingy Skipper, Common Blue Damselfly, and Slow worm


Four Spotted Chaser

Four Spotted Chaser

Azure Damselfly

Azure Damselfly

Healy Mills

Morning walk out around the Healy Mills/Kerries/Dewsbury Sewage Farm complex early on Friday on what was to be a beautiful sunny morning, the insects were out as well as the birds. First encounters on site were the  Sand Martins doing aerial displays around the colony, two male Goosanders on the river along with Mallards. Futher in and hoverflies, craneflies and butterflies were about these being mainly Euopedes hoverflies, Scorpion Cranefly and Orange tip Butterfly.

There was also a good selection of summer migrants about now on site and they seem to be settling in nicely with Chiffchaff, Blackcaps’, and a good selection of Common Whitethroats’ on what seemed to be every bushFurther around and on the sewage farm Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers had arrived on site and were building territories calling from the reeds, Reed Buntings, Mute Swan, Little Grebes, Gadwall and Pied wagtails were found. Oystercacther, Black headed Gulls, Crows, Woodpigeons and Stock Dove on the filter beds with Sand Martins Swallows and Swifts overhead

There wasn’t a shortage of butterflies either with Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Orange tips and Whites all seen

Around the pool edges I found Large Red and Blue tailed Damselflies

I finished my walk around the sight with Sparrowhawk flying over

List :-

Great Tit, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift, Goosander, Mallard, Oystercatcher, Pied wagtail, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap. Moorhen, Coot, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Crow, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Black headed Gull, Canada Goose,


Blue tailed damselfly

Blue tailed Damselfly


Scorpion Fly

Scorpion Fly

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Langsett and the Dearne Vally

The original plan was to go for a day at Broomfleet Washlands for Damselflies but with only Large Red’s and a few Variable showing at the moment I decided on leaving it a couple of week and going for plan B and to mop up on a few local bird species and then a run down to Old Moor etc to meet family and try to pick up the Glossy Ibis at Wombwell.

The plan was to head out to the Langsett area so I decided on going via Broadstones Res to see what I could pick up on route. I Headed up thru Kirkburton where a Tawny Owl decided on frightening me half to death as it flew across the road in front of the car. At Broadstones all I encountered were Meadow Pipit, plenty of Linnets, Lapwings, Curlew and a single Wheatear

I arrived at the Langsett Barn Car Park to be greeted by a Song Thrush sitting on the nearby fence and Garden Warbler calling from within the car park. I caught up with the Garden Warbler amongst the foliage just beyond the car park giving good views whilst singing away.

Garden Warbler

Garden Warbler


Common Sandpiper’s could be found on the reservoir walls as I made my way along the dam road, on the grass banking were Jackdaw, Mistle Thrush and Blackbirds busy looking for tasty morselsI arrived in the wood to be greeted by a noisy Nuthatch  calling away drowning out the calls of Blue Tit, Great Tit and Chaffinch then I just about made out my first target species of the day a Pied Flycatcher as it was calling within the wood. I was soon on to the fine male bird as it sang from its perch, then flying out from its perch, as flycatchers do, to catch a fine morsel as the unsuspecting insect flew past. I spent sometime with the flycatcher seeing both male and female birds as they brought in food to a nearby nest box. The light was awful today but I did manage a few not so good photos as the male has he was singing from his various perches.

Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher male

On then to the other side of the valley where I did catch up with the second target of the day which was a Redstart, this bird was found singing away from the tallest tree in the valley making another difficult species to get a photo of. Other birds in the valley were Meadow Pipit, Red Grouse, Dipper, Stock Dove, Coal Tit, no Cuckoo heard or Crossbills seen., did see Siskin, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler on the way out.

Old Moor RSPB is where I met up with the family for dinner then I managed some time to myself whilst here . The Wader scrape hide was the place of choice seeing  Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Avocet, Black headed Gulls, Lesser Black backed Gulls, Sand Martins, Cormorant, Mute Swans, Common Terns

After dinner and saying goodbye to the family I moved on to Wombwell Ings to find the Male Garagney in a good position near the hide, this bird at the moment wasn’t settling in anywhere, visiting Old Moor, Broomhill, Edderthorpe and here so it was great to find it here.

Garganey is a migratory species of duck that arrives in England in late March early April to breed spending winters in Africa and Asia . Other birds included Avocet, Redshank, Mute Swan, Black headed Gulls, Lapwings, Greylag Geese along with Canadas’.


Garganey Male


Last port of call was Broomhill Flash a small reserve with one large pool highlights here was the numerous Sand and House Martins flying low over the water along with a fewer  numbers of Swallows. Swifts were also seen but higher up and in lower numbers.

The day had finished and with no Glossy Ibis in the bag but it was a great days birding much to enjoy. Butterflies encountered today were

In Flight House and Sand Martins [House Martin with the white rump]

House and Sand Martins

The Bird List :-

Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Garganey, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Red Grouse, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Black headed Gull, Lesser Black backed Gull, Common Tern, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Tawny Owl, Swift, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Pied wagtail, Dipper, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Redstart, Wheatear, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Siskin, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting

Butterfly List :-

Brimstone, Orange tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood