Monday, 31 August 2009

Recent Images

A few images recorded whilst staying with friends near Dumfries last week.A moulting Dunnock,
Yellowhammer, Female Whitethroat, Greenfinch , and Sedge Warbler.
Please let me know if there are any errors.
Cheers Stephen

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Cullingworth Jays - Howard Midgley

Woodcock at Leighton Moss on 22.8.09

Shelduck at flyflatts on 17th Aug 2009

Wheatear Oxenhope Watchpoint

This exceptionally tame Wheatear was on the embankment a couple of weeks ago and seemed to like its photograph taking!!


Tree Pipit at Oxenhope Watchpoint

There was a significant movement of Tree Pipits over Oxenhope yesterday with Howard, Chris and myself recording twelve going over at well spaced intervals throughout the morning up to c1030hr. This one was seen to drop out of the sky and perch on a dry stone wall in the middle of the moor..... possibly tierd, very tame or both... it allowed a very close approach. It just shows it is just possible to get the odd treepip "on the moors!

Good luck with uploading your photos Francis!


Tawny Owl on coach road Baildon

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

More Spotted Flycatcher

I went back today to see how the Spotted Flycatchers were getting on . From the photos you can see there are two different birds. One looks rather scruffy, can anybody tell me if that is a moulting bird , (and is that the female also?) Cheers Stephen
Brimstone Butterfly found at Toad Holes Beck on 19/8. Only my second record and found in the same area as my last sighting nearly 8 years ago!!

Friday, 14 August 2009

Spotted Flycatcher

A spotted Flycatcher taken near Lothersdale today. The bird was actively feeding young in a nest nearby

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Keeled Skimmer

Picture of Keeled Skimmer taken in July at a site on the North Yorkshire moors.

Dragonflies & Butterflies

Some newly emerged butterflies and more dragonflies (black darters and brown hawker) taken at Timble and/or Rodley Nature Reserve.

Mandarin in drag

Long staying, Saltaire Victoria road, drake Mandarin now in eclipsed plumage.

Sitting Ducks

These 40 tame young Mallards, on the old pond at Timble Ings, have obviously been captive bred and released to be shot for the pleasure of 'sportsmen'.

Purple Hairstreaks

Purple Hairstreaks showing on Oaks at edge of Shipley Glen opposite Bracken Hall.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Australian Wood Duck

The latest escapee to be hanging around at Dowley Gap

Peregrine over East Riddlesden

This was taken on 9th August over gardens adjacent to East Riddlesden Hall

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Brown Hawker

Brown Hawker (male) at local wetland site this morning. Click to enlarge


Away from area

This really is a Grayling butterfly this time.
Common Lizard.

The rare, in the North of England, Raft Spider.

One of three Slow Worms seen in Roudsea Wood South Cumbria.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Butterfly weather at last.

Wall Brown now called the Wall
Grayling at Arnside today.

Loads of Scotch Argus Flying today at Arnside Knot, one of the two English sights for this butterfly. Also lots of new Painted Lady but a bit late for Fritillarys now, only a few Dark green and High brown seen by other people.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

More Timble Dragonflies

Broad Bodied Chaser and Emperor Dragonfly

Timble Dragonflies

More dragonflies taken at Timble this week. Emperor, southern hawker, four-spot chaser and common darter. Brown Hawker, broad-bodied chaser and possible keeled skimmer were also observed but not photographed.

Tail on the river bank

Family party of Goosander below bottom footbridge Myrtle Park
This Mink next to river Aire between railway bridge and Bankfield

Another Purple Hairstreak Shipley Glen

This must be the Duck from down under now at Dowley Gap.