Yesterday I had a trip out to Old Moor and Edderthorpe in the company of Dave (Simmo on Birdforum). We started off at Old Moor, which had a good selection of waders on show, including black-tailed godwit, green sandpiper, greenshank, common sandpiper, snipe and little egret. I also got on to a wheatear and two yellow wagtails, both firsts for me on the site.
We had a quick visit to Edderthorpe Flash to try and see the two spotted crakes that are currently there, with no joy. Apparently one had done a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it walk into the open not long before we arrived, but it was a no show for us of this elusive bird. There was however a sanderling there, quite a nice bird to see inland.
Common Blue Damselfly
Regular readers may have noticed the lack of reports from the Loxley Valley recently – to be honest it’s not the most productive of places during high summer, and I’ve been spending my free time in potentially more exciting places. I had a walk there today, and came up with practically nothing of any interest whatsoever – the best was a brief glimpse of a grey wagtail at the Fisheries, and glimpses of dragonflies I think were brown hawkers, and another hawker sp. I’m not so keen to ID on the views I got!
Luckily the buddleia in my back garden was doing its job of attracting some butterflies in, which posed for some photos as they supped nectar in the sunshine. I’ve really enjoyed getting up close to butterflies this weekend and getting some good shots – I never really appreciated what crazy-looking eyes they had!
Yesterday I had a walk on the moorland fringe, hoping the warm weather would bring out some raptors, including the vague possibility of an early wandering osprey, but no such luck! In fact the best I got birdwise were a single wheatear and the obligatory red grouse.
On an acid bog, however, I watched a nice duo of common hawkers patrolling a patch of water and scrapping when they met. They were very hard to get a shot of, but I’m quite please with the one I got…
Elsewhere butterflies were out in full force, so here’s a bit of a butterfly gallery…