Monthly Archives: July 2020

North Cave Wetlands

A day out with the full day at one of Yorkshires top sites, look on my sites tab for the location.

Arrived at 10am with the day being scheduled hopefully to find Black tailed Skimmer and photograph one.

Set off down Dryham Lane to many Common Darters along the hedges with a few Blue tailed Damselfly, but the nicest surprise was finding a single Small Copper Butterfly, my first of the year.

I stopped off at the Crosslands hide where I saw the splendid sight of eight Little Egrets feeding in the channels.

I then made my way to around the Carp Lake where once again there were lots of Common Darters a few Ruddy Darter along with a single Southern Hawker, lots of Blue tailed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly and a few Common Blue Damselflies. After much searching and patience I finally found a Black tailed Skimmer, or did it find me as it flew past and settled nearby but then was soon off alas with out me capturing it on film, I never saw another all day.

Another first for the year encounter was a Brown Argus Butterfly which was in close proximity of a couple of Common Blue Butterflies so was a great opportunity to compare the two species

Other bird highlights for me today were Common Terns, Black tailed Godwit and Oystercatchers

Birds List :- Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Crow, Common Tern, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Little Egret, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Tufted Duck, Woodpigeon

Butterflies :- Brown Argus, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Green veined White, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Ringlet, Small Copper, Small White, Speckled Wood

Dragonflies :- Black tailed Skimmer, Blue tailed Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Common Blue Damselfly, Common Darter, Emperor, Ruddy Darter, Southern Hawker

Moth :- Shaded broad Bar

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Sphaerophoria scripta Hoverfly

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Ruddy Darter

Video of the day can be viewed HERE

More Photos can be seen HERE

Local Ponds

Now in week 31 of the year and week 19 of lockdown. Been a few week since I was out, mainly due to weather,  so it was sunny so I decided on another visit out to the ponds.

There was a few butterfly species about but nothing new , Ringlets and Meadow Browns are still around but looking rather tatty, Small Skippers, Small Tortiseshell, Small Heath, and Gatekeeper were seen.

Dragonfly were harder to find with only singles of Brown Hawker, Common Blue and Emerald Damselflies

Marmalade Hoverfly

Episyrphus balteatus Hoverfly









More Photos at my Flickr HERE  or Video of the event HERE

Lockdown 12

Week 29 now week 17 of the lockdown measures although restrictions are slowly lifting with pubs, cafes and Restaurants opening.

We ventured out to the coast to a favourite place if ours, Filey. Our first pretty off call was Filey Dams where we saw, Black headed Gulls, Canada Geese, Grey Heron, Little Grebe , and a handful of Dunlin.

We moved on to the country park and had a gentle stroll around, off the brigg we saw Gannet, Puffin, Razorbill, Fulmar, Kittwake, Guillemot and Shag.

We called in at Bempton Cliffs mainly for the spectacle of the seabird city and wasn’t disappointed we saw all the usual as we did in Filey, but these were much closer. Tree Sparrow and Linnet were added for the day.

Puffin Video  HERE

Local Ponds

Still in lockdown and week 28 of the year, I had some free time so ventured out to the local quarry where there is a system of ponds and hopefully bag a few Dragonflies.
Walking down a pick up a few butterflies namely Meadow Brown,  Peacock, Green veined White, Ringlet, Small Heath and a new one for the year Gatekeepers were now out.
Out at the ponds Emperor Dragonfly were still around along with Blue tailed Damselfly but new for the year were Brown Hawkers and Emerald Damselflies.
Moths seen were Narrow bordered five spot Burnet, Silver Y, Shaded broad Bar and a Straw Dot

Video of the Day  HERE


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Straw Dot Moth