Monday, 30 June 2008


Had to see our best ever local display of poppies. Apparently, they are now past their best after the gales of Sunday 22nd June. These pictures don't do justice to them!

Thorne Moors Check Up

Juvenile Stonechat

Large Heath

Large Skipper

Russula Toadstool
Popular Thistle
Northern Marsh Orchid?
Cotton Grass

Friday, 27 June 2008

Friday Spring 10 - Flamborough

Arctic Skua (Dark Phase)

Meadow Pipit (note nails)
Togetherness is.......
Herring Gull
The Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills & Kittiwakes at this location can be seen on the blog entries for 11th & 19th of June. The greatest surprise today was the Arctic Skua, which came in off the sea to have a freshwater drink in the new "reserve" area. Also present was a Common Sandpiper and a Brent Goose (both am only).

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Thursday Spring 10 - RSPB Blacktoft Sands

Bittern (c) 2007 Tony Robinson
Marsh Harrier (c) 2008 Jackie Dawson
Avocet Chick (c) 2008 Jackie Dawson
Sedge Warbler (c) 2008 Jackie Dawson

Reed Bunting (c) 2008 Jackie Dawson
Old Lady (after being hit by a car)
I couldn't manage binoculars, telescope and camera, so Jackie Dawson very kindly stepped in & took the photographs for today - my thanks to her. The bird of the day was a Hobby, seen by everyone in the afternoon, but both sessions saw the Bittern flying over the reeds. The Marsh Harriers gave good views and among the waders we saw 2 male Ruff (with ruff feathers) [pm only], Spotted Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin etc. Overall a very good day, despite the very poor turnout!

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Wednesday Spring 10 - Welton Water

Tawny Owl (c) 2008 Alan & Chris Gibbs
Blue-tailed Damselfly (c) 2008 Maurice Gordon
Tufted Vetch (c) 2008 Maurice Gordon
Comfrey (c) 2008 Maurice Gordon
Micro-Moth (c) 2008 Maurice Gordon
Speckled Wood (c) 2008 Maurice Gordon

Dog Rose

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Tuesday Spring 9 - Beacon Ponds


Record shot of Grey Plover (Breeding plumage)
Juvenile Heron
Juvenile Reed Bunting
Little Tern


Latticed Heath (Moth)
Silver-Y Moth
Gerald's Caterpillar!
Record shot of Cockchafer? (above)

Record shot of Dunlin
Grey Pate (Juvenile Goldfinch)
Wild Greenfinch!