24th-28th May 2017

May 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A May Miscellany

1: Hornsea and Tophill Low - May 24th

I started my East Yorkshire roundabout trip at Kirkholme Point, Hornsea Mere to see the lingering iceland gull. Soon spotted chasing the visitors around among the canada geese. Iceland GullIceland Gull Iceland GullIceland Gull Eventually it flew out on to the mere... Iceland GullIceland Gull ....and came back for a rest! Iceland GullIceland Gull There were lots of jackdaws about. JackdawJackdaw I headed on to Tophill Low. My hope was to photograph reed warblers as it is the best place I know to get up close to these birds. Here they are. Reed WarblerReed Warbler Reed WarblerReed Warbler Reed WarblerReed Warbler Reed WarblerReed Warbler Reed WarblerReed Warbler Reed WarblerReed Warbler Reed WarblerReed Warbler Next I walked on through the woods heading for the kingfishers. A common sandpiper ran along the reservoir parapet. The dots are flies - one on the right is almost in focus! Common SandpiperCommon Sandpiper I got quite close. Common SandpiperCommon Sandpiper Common SandpiperCommon Sandpiper Amazingly there was no-one in the hide. A lapwing dropped in. LapwingLapwing LapwingLapwing

Both kingfishers turned up and were still taking fish into the nest hole. Rather pleased with this set of images. KingfisherKingfisher KingfisherKingfisher KingfisherKingfisher KingfisherKingfisher KingfisherKingfisher KingfisherKingfisher

2: My favourite Yorkshire walk - May 26th

A very early start had me walking south from Barden Bridge by 7am. It was a beautiful morning. Bolton Abbey WalkBolton Abbey Walk

I saw pied and spotted flycatchers but failed to get any decent photos so I settled for goosander, mandarin, dipper, blackcap, curlew and nuthatch - in no particular order! NuthatchNuthatch GoosanderGoosander GoosanderGoosander BlackcapBlackcap BlackcapBlackcap MandarinMandarin DipperDipper MandarinMandarin CurlewCurlew MandarinMandarin CurlewCurlew DipperDipper CurlewCurlew MandarinMandarin

3: Garden spider: May 27th

Sheila spotted a hatching of a mass of spiders on virginia creeper by the garage at home. I put the macro lens on. Tiny baby spidersTiny baby spiders

4: Chris and Barry go orchid and butterfly hunting! May 28th

Barry fancied a trip to Leyburn Old Glebe field near Wensley. The famous green-winged orchids were much in evidence but largely over for the year. We found no burnt-tip orchids and settled for a couple of marsh orchids and quite a lot of twayblade.

View from the orchid field. View from Leyburn Old Glebe YWTView from Leyburn Old Glebe YWT

Marsh OrchidMarsh Orchid Common TwaybladeCommon Twayblade Common TwaybladeCommon Twayblade

Second target would be Duke of Burgundy butterflies to the east, north of Helmsley. We were in luck - not only did we find our target butterfly but in the glade we also had painted lady, red admiral, dingy skipper and small copper. Small CopperSmall Copper Dingy SkipperDingy Skipper

The Dukes are very small! Duke of BurgundyDuke of Burgundy

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We called briefly at Sutton Bank to see the early purple orchids [too busy for any chance of turtle doves] and headed for a site near Knaresborough for an annual small blue 'fix'!

Barry got down to work! Barry photographing Small BlueBarry photographing Small Blue He found a common blue damselfly too. Common Blue DamselflyCommon Blue Damselfly Plenty of small blues on the kidney vetch. Small BlueSmall Blue Small BlueSmall Blue Small BlueSmall Blue Small BlueSmall Blue Small BlueSmall Blue

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