Blacktoft Sands and Brockadale

The week ended with a high seeing my first Small Copper of the year a on my work Patch along with the usual species see My Patch Highlights at Week 29 [Link]

Friday was a visit out to Blacktoft Sands in the hope of seeing the Marsh Sandpiper that had been reported for most of the week, you guessed it, when I arrived at 9am that day it had not been seen that morning and wasn’t  seen all day that day, it would have been a welcome addition to the yorkshire List but never mind. The birds on show today were Avocet, Spotted Redshanks, Redshanks, Green Sandpipers, Dunlin, Black tailed Godwits, Little Egret, Spoonbills, Grey Heron, Marsh Harriers, Pied Wagtails and 2 for the year list Ruff and Yellow Wagtail, heres a video of some of them [Link] enjoy and not not to forget Woodpigeon, Lapwing and Sedge Warblers. A couple of Butterfly species included Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown and Small White and an unidentified Dragonfly.

After Blacktoft I moved on to one of the YWT Butterfly reserves this one is at Brockadale [Location Info] grid ref is SE514173 and it was on the way back home so I dropped in for a few hours. Todays Butterflies on show were Brimstone, Large Skiper, Small Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Green-veined White, Large White, Gatekeepers, Common Blue, and the one I went looking for Marbled White, I didn’t find this till the end of the day but find I did, also lots and lots of 6 Spot Burnet Moths these were everywhere. Some birds were also seen especially Yellowhammers there was a couple of soaring Buzzard in the mid day heat and Goldfinch. One of the most unexpected finds of the day was a Male Banded Demosielle, always expect the unexpected, day over

The end of the week saw me down at the Local ponds finding more Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Green-veined Whites and Speckled Woods with a few Dragonfly species thrown in Emperor, Common Darter and a Common Hawker with a couple of Damselfly species to boot these being Blue Tailed and Azure Damselflies, proving there is wildlife on your doorstep, so get out and look, here are a few pics of the day.

Small Skipper

Small Skipper

Common Darter

Common Darter

 And a view of the Brocadale Nature Reserve

Brockadale View

Brockadale Nature Reserve

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