Monthly Archives: July 2022

Cromwell Bottom NR

A few hours on my hands so decided on a quick visit to Cromwell Bottom NR near Brighouse, in the vein hope of a few local Dragonflies, none were seen. The bird feeding station held a few young and Adult Robins along with Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock and Magpie.

Butterfly highlights were Comma, Gatekeeper (which seem to having a great year), Green veined White, Large Skippers and Speckled Wood today

Here’s a few photos, click on to en-large

Young Robin
Large Skipper
Speckled Wood

A Ponds Visit

A place I haven’t frequented a lot this year mainly due I think to the habit lose and the lack of large Dragonflies., however I decided on another look. I picked up on a few Butterflies Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and Ringlets, no matter how hard I looked nothing else could be found.

Dragonflies, I was grazed by a single Emperor, I was hoping for at least Four Spotted Chasers and maybe a Broad Bodied Chaser thrown it, but sadly bit wasn’t to be.

Damselflies were a bit better with four species found a single Emerald being the first of the year, that along with Azure, Blue-tailed, and Common Blue were the only species found.

Other highlights today were Six Spot Burnet Moth, Shaded Broad Bar Moth, Cheilosia illustrata Hoverfly, and Chrysotoxum festivum Hoverfly,

Chrysotoxum festivum Hoverfly

Butterfly Day

Out to Kiplingcotes first to see Marbled White, but arriving in rainy conditions didn’t have me hoping for the best. I had a look at the weather forecast and it was due to pass at about 10am, I was now glad I’d brought a book to read. 9am and the weather was clearing, grapped my stuff and off I went.

First highlight was a Six Spot Burnet Moth followed shortly after by a fly over Hobby. On the reserve to the left side going thru the gate there was a number of Green veined White Butterflies, along with Large Skippers, Small Whites and numerous Gatekeepers, only found a few Marbled White Butterfly. Decided on trying the higher slopes, up onto the banking, this is where I found numerous Marbled White Butterflies, along with Small Tortoiseshells, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Skippers. Birds up here were Whitethroat, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush and Yellowhammer

Since I was near to North Cave I did a quick visit to see the Dragonflies, only picking up three species Ruddy Darter (New for the Year), Blue tailed Damselfly and Common Damselfly. Butterflies were Gatekeeper, Green veined White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, and Speckled Wood.

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Marbled White


Another trip out to Bempton Cliffs, hoping that it would be third time lucky in seeing the Black browed Albatross, but as the day went on it was evident it was going to another no show.

The Albatross wasn’t the only celebrity this weekend, we’d also come to see the Red tailed (Turkistan) Shrike, which gave itself up far easier than the Albatross. Also with the shrike was a pair of Nuthatch, which apparently are also a rare bird here at Bempton.

On the Cliffs were the usual birds Gannets, Kittiwakes, Fulmar, Razorbill, Guillemot, Puffin, Guillemot. A couple of moths also a Common Footman along with Narrow Bordered five Spot Burnet Moth.

Looks like another trip out to see the Albatross then

Bird List :- Blackbird, Blackcap, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Fulmar, Gannet, Guillemot, Herring Gull, Kittiwake, Puffin, Razorbill, Reed Bunting, Red Tailed (Turkistan) Shrike, Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon, Sedge Warbler

Red tailed Shrike

Red tailed Shrike