Unspotted Crake

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.

Some pics…

Greenshank
Greenshank

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Common Blue Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly

Common Darter
Common Darter

Common Blue
Common Blue

More butterflies

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!

Painted Ladies…

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Peacocks…

Peacock

Peacock

Peacock

Gatekeeper…

Gatekeeper

Dragonflies and butterflies

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…

Common Hawker

Elsewhere butterflies were out in full force, so here’s a bit of a butterfly gallery…

Green-veined White
Green-veined White

Small Tortoiseshell
Small Tortoiseshell

Painted Lady
Painted Lady

Gatekeepers
Gatekeepers

Small Skipper
Small Skipper

Small Copper
Small Copper

Meadow Brown
Meadow Brown