Champions of the Flyway!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Forest insects

Black Darter
An excellent day up in the North Yorks forests yesterday, co-leading a Yorkshire Coast Nature tour for an enthusiastic group of clients. Despite the strong winds we did well, especially for raptors and insects; of the latter, dragonflies were particularly good value.

Keeled Skimmer
More from back on the patch to follow soon.....

Painted Lady
Common Hawker

Monday, August 11, 2014


With apologies for the lack of updates of late - it's been a very busy few weeks, with surveys, reports and articles to crack on with, as well as the events to organise and co-ordinate for the Filey Wildlife Weekend - a fantastic success, and a credit to everyone who helped, got involved and enjoyed. More on this another time soon.

All of which meant that time spent in the field has been somewhat reduced; thankfully not the greatest of sacrifices, with pretty modest early autumn movements and nothing too exciting locally as yet. After sterling work from the conservation team, the Dams finally had mud and therefore an attraction to waders by early this month, and a steadily increasing range of the commoner species are enjoying the spoils. The sea has been quiet, and the land is just beginning to register passerine migrants, with warblers and the odd chat leading the way.

And so to Berlin - back soon.

From the top - Knot on the Brigg, Common Tern at the Dams, Arctic Skua past High Brigg, Southern hawker at the Dams, Little Egret at East Lea, Wall, Small Copper and Swallow on Carr Naze, and Knot.