Hi Everyone. ‘Flaming’ June is here!!! Well the weather has improved a little, but still seems a bit hit and miss. One day fine, the next cool and so on. However there is still wildlife about so please do try and and send in your sightings and reports. I realise that everyone is busy but if you are looking at this page on a regular basis then you surely want to know what is being seen in and around the Scarborough area. But if you aren’t also contributing to it, then you aren’t sharing your own information. Don’t leave it to others, send me your sightings, you don’t have to send in photographs, so that everyone can share in the wildlife of our area. Once again I stress that I’m not after rarities, just the common and garden stuff which everyone can identify and easily see, even if it is in your garden, after all your neighbours might be interested. Remember you don’t have to me a member of the Society to contribute just have an interest in our local wildlife. Email me email@example.com Ian Glaves now has his own blog http://igblog2.blogspot.com
John Hume on the 17th went out again and recorded a very tatty green hairstreak
butterfly, a fresh looking small copper and numerous small pearl bordered fritillaries
and in the evening managed to get his orchid count upto 11 with the pyrimal and bee
John Hume had a good day on the 16th looking for orchids and managed to record 9
Burnt, greater butterfly, early purple, fly, common spotted, northern marsh, narrow-leaved
marsh, birds nest and common twayblade.
Also seen on his travels around the area were common lizard, small pearl bordered
fritillary, small heath, green veined white, common blue damselflies, large red damselflies,
four spotted chaser, frog hopper, common butterwort, a dead common shrew, rock rose
Trish Scott at Cayton Village Caravan Park has had starlings and woodpeckers on her
garden bird feeder
Belinda Robson has finally caught a few moths in the last few warmer nights.
Buff ermine, brimstone, bee moth
Green carpet, heart and dart
Mike Pearson at Flamborough has also finally had a few good moth nights. Photographed
are:-green carpet, garden carpet, flame
Cloud bordered brindle, chinese character,white ermine
Buff ermine, broom moth, bright line brown-eye
20 plumed moth and common swift
Tim Burkinshaw has sent in a report from the Carrs Project:
I took a quick look at Loders Carr Drain on 12th June at the invitation of the farmer
Barry Kitchen. This is a ditch leading west from the Cayton to Folkton road marking
the old course of the Hertford. Mr Kitchen had informed me that there is lots of
Water Violet in flower now (and he is happy to donate some for transplanting if anyone
has a suitable site).
Although it is not visible from the public road I took a couple of general shots
but would need wellies and a helper to get any closer or collect some.
I'm not certain on the ID but I think there was also lots of Celery-Leaved buttercup
on the banks, Narrow leaved water plantain and some kind of floating mat of stonewort.
There are also some clumps of what may be Water Whorl grass and a Hemp-nettle of
some sort (probably yellow but not in flower yet).
On the 11th June the outdoor meeting was to Humble Bee Farm on the Wolds.
Ian Glaves has written a brief report:
Twenty members and friends assembled at the Farm, and leader for the evening, Richard
Baines (of Wold Ecology) explained briefly that the farm was under Entry and Higher
Level Stewardship Schemes, and was being managed to encourage wildlife. The group
then took a leisurely walk down the upper reaches of Long Dale, a dry valley mainly
used for grazing of sheep. The weather was overcast and cool, but remained dry. Several
bird and mammal species were recorded, but plant species were difficult to find due
to the very late spring, and grazing by sheep.
Common Buzzard: 2 seen, including one very pale bird.
Grey Partridge: 2 flushed from edge of cornfield.
Northern Lapwing: One.
Curlew: At least five.
Barn Swallow: Several.
Pied Wagtail: Adult with young.
Yellow Wagtail: One.
Blackbird: Three males.
Great Tit: One.
Carrion Crow: One.
Tree Sparrow: Several in Hawthorn bushes in Long Dale.
Yellowhammer: One singing.
Corn Bunting: A flock of thirty in the upper dale – an excellent record for such
a threatened species.
Mole: Evidence of Mole activity from the presence of numerous “hills”.
Rabbit: Burrows present.
Fox/Badger: Several large burrows present, possibly of either species.
Of interest were:
Hoary Rock Cress.
Field Mouse Ear.
Ron Whatling -Last year we didn't have any Greenfinch and I am informed that they
had picked up a virus from the Woodpigeon family. Is this so?. There are now four
or five about in this area . One pair nesting in the shelter belt here.
Belinda Robson - This was in a conifer pot bought from a garden centre, and in with
the usual assorted mosses, lichens and liverworts. Subsequently identified as female
Marchantia polymorpha or the Umbrella Liverwort
on June 4th were Bright-line Brown-eye, Scalloped Hazel, Garden Carpet, Flame Carpet
and Twenty-plume moths. On 8th June two poplar hawk moths
John Hume photographed a broad-bodied chaser at Low North Camp on the 4th and a long
tailed tit in his gardenon the 5th
Ron Whatling - Took this photograph yesterday 3rd, of a Wasp collecting wood pulp,notice
the groove in the wood above it's head, which it made whilst I was watching.
Mike Pearson has sent in a photo of a Common buzzard
Winifred Bushell has reported these sightings:
palmate newts observed June 2nd forestry pond north of broad head farm - last weekend
we saw 17 newts in one net.
also about 40 mixed aged common?? seals seen robin hoods bay, ravenscar and 2 speckled
woods seen at reasty bank (twirling)
1 small copper seen at turgate hay meadow
Mike Pearson has sent in another couple of interesting sightings
A blue throat and a buff tip moth
John Hume was out and about over the bank holiday weekend. Green hairstreak butterflies
were still in flight on Brown Rigg Moor, although looking the worse for wear. In
this one you can see the brown top wing which is never normally seen as the butterfly
always perches with its wings closed.
The bilberry was in flower, as was some cowberry
On Pexton and Ellerburn Banks there were a lot of wildflowers to see.
Primroses are still in flower, aquilegia was coming into flower, early purple orchids
Bluebells, forget-me-not and bugle all added to the variety of blue flowers
Cowslips were plentiful on Ellerburn bank, and there were a few dingy skippers flying
At Pexton Ponds, common butterwort was in flower as was lousewort
There was also a four spotted chaser dragonfly who was willing to pose for photographs
Belinda Robson has got a variety of wild flowers growing in her garden:
Red campion, cow parsley, coral root bittercress
Shining cranesbill, red dead nettle, cuckoo flower
Mike Pearson has sent in some more birds and moths from Flamborough:
Lime Hawkmoth, Muslin, Yellow wagtail (having just got out of the bath), and a couple
of Pied Flycatchers
Belinda Robson has captured a few moths recently
Scalloped hazel, flame carpet, flame shoulder
Steve Bushell has reported on some sightings:
15th May - 5 Fallow Deer seen Turgate plantation. All Does as far as I could see. 16th
May - 2 Swifts above Givendale Head Farm. 17th May - 1 Common Lizard on forest track
Mike Pearson has also been capturing a few moths, despite the cold weather
Twin-spotted quaker, camomile shark (both new for Flamborough) and early thorn.
Also a common whitethroat
John Hume went to Forge valley on the 7th. Many wild flowers are now in bloom, alll
making up for lost time. Photographs are of wood anemone, wild garlic, herb paris,
forget-me-not, bluebell, butterbur, early purple orchid , toothwort, violets, wild
arum, green hellebore. There was also a (dead) pygmy shrew and a bee fly.
John Hume went looking for the green hairstreak butterfly on the 6th. This was his
third attempt. On the two previous outings it was apparent that the vegetation was
at least 4 weeks behind where it should have been. However the warm, sunny weather
of the past week has really encouraged everything to grow. At Brown Rigg Moor there
were good sightings of at least 15 individuals. On Bloody Beck Moor there were at
least 6 (this is the first record at this location for over 10 years). At Reasty
Bank there were another 14. So although they have been late coming out there are
good populations at these sites. Note in the photographs the variation in the number
of spots on the wings.
In Castlebeck Woods he came across male and female adders.
John Hume -walked around Willerby carr on Friday 3rd and sightings included yellowhammer,
reed bunting, lapwing, buzzards, and peacock butterfly.
Louise Thompson was in Forge Valley on the 28th April and says that it was ‘looking
very pretty in the sunshine with lots of primroses, marsh marigold and wood anemones
in full flower. There was lots of toothwort next to the boardwalk. I saw the first
flowers out of bluebell, ransoms and red campion’
Ron Whatling at Weaverthorpe has sent in this photo of a red-legged partridge
Mike Pearson has sent in some images of birds stopping off at Flamborough on the
30th April, sand martin, skylark and a few wheatears
John Hume - on the Society’s outdoor evening to Cayton Village Caravan Park on the
30th members were treated to the sight of a barn owl with prey
Other birds seen included a sparrowhawk, robin, blackbird, and goldfinch
Winifred Bushell spotted this beefly on the family farm at Broadhead
Mike Pearson has sent in a photo of an Iberian chiffchaff, at Flamborough, with a
photo of the common chiffchaff for comparison.The Iberian is whiter beneath and
the pale goes almost down to the vent, not showing as much yellow as the common,
and slightly greener above. However the big difference is the call which is a bit
like a "shreaky siskin", unlike the "hooeet" of the common chiffchaff.
John Hume was in Castlebeck Woods, Harwood Dale on the 26th. There was very little
to see but he did come across a couple of peacock butterflies and a small tortoiseshell,
lesser celandine, wood anemone, wood sorrel, primroses and the wild daffodils were
also in flower
In the evening he saw this herring gull with a crab on the Marine Drive.
Pauline Popely reports that toothwort is now in flower - [Lathraea squamaria] also
known as Dead Man's Fingers doesn't produce chlorophyll and is a parasite on a range
of woody plants, especially Elm and Hazel. Can be found occasionally in deciduous
woods, hedge bottoms and scrub. It can be usually be found in Forge Valley)
and the not so often seen Alternate-leaved Golden-saxifrage [Chrysosplenium alternifolium]
can be seen in a few places, sometimes flowering amongst the more common Opposite-leaved
Golden-saxifrage. Look in wet areas by streams, in flushes and boggy woods. Forge
Valley is a well-known site for it.
Alan Herdman reports ‘Whilst on an outing to Scarborough today (22nd), and subsequent
walk on Marine Drive I spotted a couple of fins breaking the surface of the water.
My guess would be harbour porpoise.
Steve Bushell reports:
Chifchaff heard Rosekirkdale April 18 Willow Warblers heard Wydale Forest April 20. Goshawk
Troutsdale April 21 Violets,King cups and Primroses blooming April 21
Mike Pearson at Flamborough has finally managed to catch some moths;
Early grey, common quaker clouded drab
Trisha Scott has sent in her latest report ‘On Friday (19th), a Blackcap appeared
in our tree, the first I have seen here, although I know that they are far from being
uncommon. I first spotted it mid-morning, when it was feeding, presumably taking
small insects from the buds (which are still unopened!) It was present for most of
the day, and apart from being occasionally chased by an angry Blue Tit, it continued
to feed. I assume that it was possibly a freshly arrived migrant which was "fuelling
up" before moving on, so didn't expect to see it again. However, it (I assume the
same bird), turned up again yesterday (Saturday) at about the same time mid morning.
It fed briefly, before flying off and I haven't seen it since. Also spotted a dark
Hannah Robertson says ‘Walking around the marine drive with my husband today (21st
1pm ish) we saw more than one dolphin/ possibly a porpoise I don't really know the
difference to be precise! You could definitely see the fin though! Other passers
by had spotted them too! They were about 10-15 metres from the rocks on the marine
drive (by the building works bit!)
Ian Glaves has sent in this report and photographs: (19th April)
Warblers are back now the weather has improved. Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff both
singing their heart out at Burton Riggs. Look for the leg colour (unless they are
singing), Willow Warbler has pale yellowish brown to reddish brown, whereas Chiffchaff
has black legs
Little ringed plover, pied wagtail
Common stock dove
Lucy and Brian Lambley report:(18th April)
We have just had the pleasure of a Blackcap visiting our garden, feeding on the Cotoneaster
berries. a delight.
We have resident Goldfinches, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Wren, Robin, Sparrows and Dunnock
as an on going pair of Blackbirds but this is the first time we have seen the lovely
new visitor .
It is a joy to see so many birds in our small garden opposite the Dean Road Cemetery
Steve Bushell has sent in these sightings:
April 14 Common Buzzard over Broad Head Farm April 15 Adder seen on path E. of BHF Solitary
swallow visited farm April 16 Two Wheatears seen S. of Givendale Head Farm Woodcock
seen in Rosekirkdale
Tim Burkinshaw has sent in a report from the Carrs
‘Visited Star Carr and Staxton area last week (Tuesday 7th afternoon) with my student
volunteer Bryony. Welcome sunshine but a biting cold wind meant gloves were essential
for holding up binoculars for more than a few moments. 3 Brown Hares were in the
area and on a soil bund, retaining water on the Star Carr stewardship field, some
fairly fresh Otter spraint, plus some older spraint suggesting a regular territorial
marker along Black Dike ditch a short way north of where it enters The Hertford.
We also noted 2 Linnets on the lane and 2 singing Skylark enjoying the sunshine.
During the visit we saw two large flocks of Lapwing overhead, which by the time of
our departure were settled in spring tillage north of Ling Lane (about 1km east of
Star Carr farm), numbering 160 birds, together with 40 Starlings. At this point the
car was a welcome hide and allowed some good views of their irridescent green plumage.
It is clear why they are also called Green Plovers. There was a Buzzard soaring on
a thermal to the north, nearer Seamer bypass. A single duck flushed from the scrape
in the field was caused some confusion as it did not resemble anything familiar.
I only got a few seconds' glimpse as it took flight; the field guide suggested the
wing pattern resembled most closely a Red Crested Pochard but I'm sure it was something
much more ordinary like a Wigeon, Goosander or a common Pochard. Later enquiries
revealed that a drake Mandarin duck has been in the area - could it have been that?
On Staxton Brown was another Buzzard mewing and an inquisitive Stoat watched us for
several minutes with its body raised above the dead grass. Its chestnut upperparts,
dazzling white throat and beady black eyes showed clearly amongst the long grass
stalks and Bryony managed a few record shots on her camera.
Earlier the same day during a farm visit at Staxton Carr Lane I saw 80 Lapwing feeding
on a spring-sown arable field. A Yellowhammer, a Reed Bunting and 4 Snipe completed
the list. No Curlews calling there yet, but the farmer tells me they are back so
I hope to hear the haunting calls again soon.
Roger Kilburn at Flamboroughreports ‘Just had a cuckoo sat on our chimney pot in
Flamborough and calling for a mate. Have had two pairs of yellowhammers feeding in
our garden today’. (8th April)
Belinda Robson reports ‘no moths about apart from this Agonopterix sp. My first Small
Tort on 4th and frogspawn in my pond today (6th).
Despite having the trap on nearly every frost-free night, this Hebrew Character,
trapped last night, is only the 5th moth , of any species, I've seen so far this
year. A mothing friend tells me he had clocked up 25 species by this time last year.
Ron Whatling at Weaverthorpe ‘Tree Sparrows enjoying a feast. They are encouraged
by the abundance of nest boxes available, they like to have them cleaned out regularly
as they do tend to foul them up. They also need seed in winter and plenty of insects
to feed young’
Mike Pearson reports ‘an interesting day today. At East Ayton, we saw our 1st. Peacock
butterfly of the year, along with 2 Pipistrelles looking for a crevice in a cottage
chimney, presumably prospecting a breeding site (image attached). The young roe deer
stag is from Flamborough and the summer plumaged Black-headed gull from Filey. By
the way, I've had a big ball of frog spawn my pond for 12 days now.
John Hume says ‘despite some long walks in Langdale Forest, Wykeham Forest and Castle
Beck Wood there is still little signs of spring. Bloody Beck had long icicles hanging
down showing that the air temperature was still near zero despite the sun being out.
No flowers are out just some green shoots and leaves desperately trying to grow.
There seems to be surprisingly little birdlife around either. The forests seem to
be deathly quiet. I’ve been reduced to taking some shots of the little wildlife in
the garden. Photos of one of the grey squirrels, a collared dove, a wood pidgeon
and a female blackbird. The tawny owl still comes out to sunbathe. I’ve heard it
calling of an evening and have determined that it is a female. There is a male hooting,
in the distance, so maybe they’ll pair up. There was a dipper at Hilla Green.
Ron Whatling has sent in this photograph of a pheasant with unusual plummage from
John Hume saw a large flock of lapwings at Silpho Ings on the 28th. Also a roe deer
on the path from Scalby village to Coombe Brow.
Ron Whatling at Weaverthorpe has sent in a couple of images of young hares
John Hume found spring struggling to show an appearance on a walk along the old railway
line between Burniston and Hayburn Wyke and back along the cliffs on the 21st. There
was one solitary lesser celandine in flower above Hayburn Wyke and the wild daffodils
were just in flower at Cloughton Wyke. Other wildlife seen included 3 roe deer, a
pair of grey wagtails at Hayburn Wyke Hotel, siskins at Cloughton Tea Rooms, 11 curlew
and 50 lapwings at Crook Ness, Burniston.
And his garden tawny owl put in an appearance
On the 14th at Johnsons Marsh, Burniston Road, there were 4 grey herons
Winifred Bushell spotted a treecreeper in the Crescent Gardens, opposite the Art
Gallery, in Scarborough on the 16th.
Louise Thompson reports ‘I had an amazing encounter with a barn owl this afternoon(Saturday
16th). I was standing in my orchard and a barn owl flew towards me and then swooped
down and caught a mouse. It then stood on the ground eating it for several minutes
only 15 yards away from me.
On Wednesday there was a flock of thrushes feeding on a grassy field right next to
my house. I counted 15 Fieldfares, 1 Redwing and 2 Songthrushes.’
Mike Pearson has been photographing the red kites on the Yorkshire Wolds
Ian Glaves has sent in a few bird photos; green sandpiper, tree sparrow, marsh tit
and waxwings and Mediterranean gull, all seen in the area recently.
There has been an oil spillage off the Scarborough coast. A report can be seen here
Louise Thompson ‘The first flowers of spring in Forge Valley yesterday -Sunday 10th
- green hellebore, marsh marigold, golden saxifrage and dogs mercury, also some scarlet
elf cups. I didn't find any primroses out though’
John Hume reports that he had a weasel in his garden (off Cross Lane) on the 9th.
John Hume, Robin Hopper and Ian Glaves, on a visit to Wykeham Lakes, on the 5th spotted
2 common buzzards, 2 sparrowhawks, numerous cormorants, a bull finch and there were
plenty of hares on the Carrs. There were also 8 goosanders on Throxenby Mere.
Stephen Megginson reports on ‘the sighting of a single Redwing early this morning
(5th). I assume the bird was on migration, but it was scrounging for food amongst
the bushes with a lone Robin. I am very confident that it was a Redwing, because
it is hard to mistake that bird for anything else, ; about twice the size of a Robin,
sporting the same red colouring on its sides, with a Thrush-like chest and very distinctive
'eyebrows'. Location was by the old railway line, just off the roundabout between
Woodlands Ravine and Manor Road, at around 9:30. Sadly no photographs, it was very
John Hume photographed the red crested pochard on Seamer Road Mere and a couple of
shelduck at the Seamer tip ponds on the 1st.
He has also photographed his garden tawny owl
Mike Pearson has sent in photos of the waxwings on Depot Lane and the mediterranean
gulls at Holbeck car park taken on the 25th Feb
John Hume reports that the tawny owl has returned to his back garden and seems to
be roosting in the same tree as last year. Also the first primrose is trying to flower
in the little glen leading from Burniston Road to the Open Air Theatre. His video
of the kingfisher is now on line. To see it click here.
John Hume finally got his photos of the kingfisher at the Open Air Theatre on the
Later on in the day he visited the red kite site at Warter and saw upto a dozen red
kites, a kestrel and 2 barn owls.
Stuart Baines reports ‘that there were 179 sightings of Porpoise off Scarborough
during January with one White Beaked dolphin off Filey last week.’
Trisha Scott has sent in a couple of photos of the long-tailed tits that have been
visiting her feeding station and says ‘Just thought I'd send a couple of photos taken
through our window this morning of the Long Tailed Tits, for whom the penny now seems
to have dropped that the fatballs are actually edible, rather than for (very rarely)
having a nibble at. A small flock of around 10-12 birds suddenly descended, and whilst
a few stayed in the tree, some tucked in to the fat. They had to run the gauntlet
of a very aggressive Blue Tit, which actually saw off about five of them, However,
after the Blue flew off, they all came back and continued feeding.
Trisha Scott has sent in more observations from her flat in Falsgrave
‘The Long Tailed Tits continue to be seen on most days and at various times (unlike
in previous years), size of the flocks range from 3 - 4 up to 8 birds. The don't
generally visit the feeders, preferring to feed, presumably on tiny insects, in the
nearby sycamore tree. Other birds seen include one Robin, a pair of Blue Tits and
a pair of Coal Tits. Also present in the past few days a pair of courting Wood Pigeons,
a pair of Jackdaws, who like to feed on the fatballs. The Starlings, of course are
never far away, especially when the mealworm feeders have been topped up!! There
was also a brief visit from a Goldfinch yesterday. However, the surprise sighting
of today was a Treecreeper, working its way up and down both our sycamore and a tree
next door. This is only the second sighting that I have had of this species near
our flat for quite some time. (The first being a few years ago when one appeared
with a tit flock in winter.) Today's bird was around for about half an hour before
it flew off towards Seamer Road.’
John Hume went to Forge Valley on the 9th and saw a wide range of woodland birds;
blue tit, great tit, marsh/willow tit, coal tit, long-tailed tit, robin, great spotted
woodpecker, chaffinch and nuthatch. At Hilla Green there was a dipper.
Mike Pearson has sent in a couple of photos from Flamborough, a buzzard and roe
John Hume recorded blue tits, great tits, long-tailed tits, moorhen, coot, bull finch
and water rail at the Open Air Theatre in Scarborough on the 5th
John Hume saw about 10 red kites at the roost at Nunburnholme on the 4th
Louise Thompson says ‘Summer is coming! I saw a skylark singing in the sky yesterday
(30th) near Hutton Buscel, despite the strong wind’
Brian and Sue Walker had ‘Just back from a rather bronchial but bracing walk on the
north side (on the 27th). Scalby Beck was well up with the snow melt, the tide was
in with all the widgeon rafting offshore. Sunshine, peregrines and porpoises round
marine drive. Here is a photo of Scalby Beck in spate’
Mike Pearson at Flamborough has had coal tits and long-tailed tits in his garden
Steve Bushell says ‘In this cold weather came across 3 wrens acting like mice in
cow shed. Running along the ground and disappearing into the straw. Saw a Little
Owl on hedgerow north of Snainton. Barn Owl at Allerston in Turgate Barn still present
but fear for its future if this weather keeps up.
Trisha Scott has sent in another report from Falsgrave
Our main visitors just now are the Long Tailed Tits, with small parties appearing
most days, usually about 5+ birds. They rarely take advantage of the feeders, preferring
to find food in the trees, although a couple did feed on the fatballs and were uninterrupted
by Blue Tits, unlike what happened last week. Two Jackdaws have been present, along
with 8 to 10 Starlings and a pair of Blue Tits (I assume they were a pair as they
fed together without any squabbling!) One or two Blackbirds are also present in the
gardens at the rear of our flats. Lastly, a Robin was seen in the bushes alongside
The attached photo of a Long Tailed Tit is a still taken from a video done by my
daughter today, hence it's a little bit blurred, but it was the best one she could
get from her film
John Hume walked around the Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park on the 15th. No kingfisher,
but there was this lovely mandarin duck in Peasholm Glen.
Ian Glaves has sent in some cracking photos of a kingfisher ‘performing’ at the Open
Air Theatre on the 9th
Stuart Baines starts us off in 2013 with a fantastic report of 15 harbour porpoises
seen off the Marine Drive at 8.45am on the 6th January, including a mother and calf.
Mike Pearson has sent in photos of a Jay, taken in the forest area and of the peregrine,
which is back on the Scarborough Castle headland.
Trisha Scott has sent in her final report for 2012
‘The most regular visitors at the moment are Long Tailed Tits, which unlike in previous
years, when a flock would visit most, if not every day and at the same time (one
could all but set clocks by them), they are more sporadic and appearing at various
times of day. One member of the small flock which came along a couple of weeks ago
almost few into the window, fortunately it must have spotted me watching it, and
veered just before it made contact with the glass. Another bird in the same group
landed on the fat balls, but was immediately seen off by a Blue Tit which appeared
from nowhere, The latter bird then flew off itself, so wasn't hungry itself for any
fat. The same thing happened a few minutes later, but whether the same two birds
were involved, I couldn't say. Other birds we have had here include a small flock
of Blue and Coal Tits, about eight birds altogether. One Goldfinch feeding on the
niger seed, Starlings, (biggest flock was about ten birds,) mainly after the mealworms
but also the fat balls, and a Jackdaw. The Magpie which was a regular visitor a few
weeks ago has not been seen for about a month. Sainsbury's carpark has been quiet,
with the usual Herring Gulls and Pigeons plus one Dunnock. In previous years, I used
to see several Pied/White Wagtails here in the winter months, but haven't spotted
any for a couple of years now.
Stuart Baines has sent in more cetacean sightings ‘during November a total of 133
Harbour Porpoise were sighted of the Marine Drive with pods of 16 sighted on two
occasions, also five Porpoise reported off long Nab Burniston and one of off west
Also on the 9th December 4 white beaked dolphin were reported off Filey
Brigg which is unusual for the time of year, they were in the area for at least a
week and comprised a pod of four with one calf, sadly one beached at Filey and died
Also three hump back Whales sighted off Hartlepool on the 13th December
and now today three or four large cetaceans spotted off Arbroath heading North which
are probably the Hartlepool animals, which is a shame, I had hoped they would turn
Ian Glaves has sent in some sightings ‘
Dec 1 Water Rail Northstead Manor Gardens:
Dec. 4th 63 Waxwings Taylor Way, Eastfield, 3 Woodcock and 1 Kingfisher Potter Brompton
Carr, Otter New Dyke Seamer Tip, 8 Red-throated Divers and a Great-crested Grebe
Dec 5th 35 Snipe over Seamer Tip: Scalby Lodge Pond is now very full - 52 Redshank
there on 8th, first-winter Scaup (a duck) at Wykeham Lakes and 27 Mandarin Ducks
displaying at Hackness Lake, a King Eider was seen off Filey: 10th pair Goosander
Seamer Road Mere, and two Water Rails at NM Gdns:
13th a Chiffchaff at Burton Riggs:
14th both Peregrines back on Castle Headland with prey, freshly dead White-beaked
Dolphin Filey beach, Lesser-spotted Woodpecker Little Hilla Green
Photos - waxwing, bullfinch, goosander
Melanie Earle reports ‘Big flocks of lapwing on the carrs. 29th Nov c.1000 lapwing
on the wetlands between Flixton and Folkton carrs. Also a few goldfinch, greenfinch,
yellow hammers and tree sparrows on the Flixton Carr track, and quite a few wrens.
Possibly twite, certainly a finch with a nasal twang to its call, but couldn't locate
it to verify.
29th November Willerby Carr (Hertford Dale track) a buzzard spooked
a flock of ducks c50 on a wet area just south of Robin's Bottom plantation. Also
in the rough field on the Binnington Carr (west) side of the track 3 snipe.
November 350 lapwing on the flooded area by the railway crossing on Willerby Carr
Lane, and visible at the same time a big flock of lapwing c450 rising up periodically
from Glanton Carr. Buzzard around Robin's Bottom Plantation.
4 December 1 female eider
duck amongst the widgeon North Bay Scalby Mills
John Hume -On the 2nd Dec, a barn owl was seen at 2.00pm flying over the rough grasslands
between the Rugby Club and Burniston Road. On the old railway track at Burniston
a male bullfinch. On the fields by the coastal path a flock of green plovers and
a few snow buntings.
On the 4th at 9.00pm a fox on Westfield Avenue.
Ron Baxter is appealing for help with conservation work in Raincliffe Woods on the
‘a post regarding a Task for all you mud fans and puddle jumpers .We will be working
on the Bronze age roads on the 12 Dec meeting at 10 am raincliffe gate Car park.
bring good boots a flask and something to eat . children are welcome but must be
of an age where they can be safe by themselves ,this is not a job for small ones
Tim Burkinshaw has sent in a link to the latest Carrs Wetland Project newsletter
Trisha Scott has sent in her latest report from Falsgrave.
'The Starlings visits seem to be quite infrequent at the moment, the highest number
seen coming for mealworms has been about five, but more often, only a couple (compared
to eight to ten last year). The past couple of weeks we have seen one Blue Tit, one
Coal Tit and one Goldfinch, again down on the same period last year. The only regular
visitor just now is the Magpie, who first appeared a few weeks ago, and is more or
less a daily now, enjoying the mealworms, fatballs and a good drink (despite all
the rain, it seems to prefer it out of the drinkers I have set up.) A Blackbird appeared
briefly this morning, but did not stay, as the Magpie was still present. The bonus
bird today though was a Song Thrush, which is a very rare sight at our feeders. I
assume that it was an immigrant. Our regularly biennial visitors, the small flock
of Long Tailed Tits, which are due this year, have so far not appeared.
does seem a bit negative, but I think that it is important to note absences and reduced
numbers of sightings as it may indicate a trend?
Graham Lingwood has sent in photos of a waxwing at Flyingdales on the 5th and the
red crested pochard at Seamer Mere
John Hume photographed a goldcrest, goldfinch and long tailed tit on the railway
track north of Green Lane on the 11th .
There have been reports of waxwings coming in over the last few days so keep a look
Kevin and Roe Lummis say ‘we have just returned from visiting my cousin Sue Beere&and
her husband Trevor in Scarborough, my wife and I can confirm the badger in question
appeared on two occasions late at night and indeed had her( supper) , we have never
seen a badger up this close, and feeding so close to the back door,it was something
my wife&I will treasure.
Stuart Baines reports - ‘Your members might be interested to know that there have
been some outstanding numbers of Harbour Porpoise off the Marine Drive in the last
few days with 16 Porpoise observed in one scan of the Sea at 09:45 on Sunday 4th
November, if any of your members sea any Harbour Porpoise or any other cetaceans
I would be most grateful if the could let me have details of numbers of animals,
date observed and times in order that I can have these details on a national database’
Trisha Scott in Falsgrave has sent in her latest report
We are still seeing several Starlings feeding on the mealworms and fat balls, along
with Blue Tits (2 - 3), Coal Tits (2), House Sparrow, Jackdaws (2) and Dunnock. Just
one Goldfinch seen a couple of days ago. We did have a brief visit from two Long
Tailed Tits, which fed on the fat balls. (This species has usually appeared, every
other Autumn/winter in small flocks of 8 to 10, so these two were early, presumably
passing through, as I haven't seen them since. As we didn't see any last year, I
am hoping that they will be back again soon.) Also, a new bird on the feeders today
was a Magpie, which I have seen very few of around here for a year or two. My observations
of our feathered guests over the past two weeks have proved to me how very choosy
wild birds can be. When I bought a couple of tubs of mealworms (as I thought) and
came to open one to put out, I saw that I had inadvertently picked up a tub of "Insect
Medley", but thought that this would be quite acceptable as it is a wild bird food.
However, without exception, every bird systematically picked out the few mealworms
in the medley, pushing anything stubby, oval or round to one side - even the bits
that fell on the step were ignored, or pecked at, then left to blow away. No birds
then came near until the offending Insect Medley was thrown away, and the usual mealworms
topped up!! Other sighting from Sainsbury's car park from last week. I heard a noise,
best described as a clattering cackle and looked up to see what it was. A crow flew
past, in hot pursuit of another bird, which I only had time to notice was brown.
The pair disappeared into a clump of trees, and unfortunately, I was unable to spot
either of them again. I came to the conclusion that the brown bird could have been
either a Kestrel (few of those around these days), or maybe an owl, which the crow
Mike Pearson at Flamborough has sent in some photos of autumn flying moths
Sprawler, rosy rustic, red green carpet
Large wainscot, december moth, dark swordgrass
Mick Finn reports ‘I live near Scarborough Hospital and have a small rear garden.We
always put out some dog mixer meal every evening and hedgehogs regularly came to
eat it.The dog died recently so I suppose there's no longer a threat out there.We
spotted a fox one morning in daylight.I have set up a couple of wireless cameras
outside and have set them up with motion detection.We have been recording activity
every night. There’s always at least one,sometimes 2 foxes and occasionally a badger.The
cameras aren’t very high res but I have made them viewable over the internet.
If anyone is interested then try the following links
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Stuart Baines has more sightings of cetaceans off the coast.
‘one Harbour Porpoise heading North off the Marine Drive at 18:05 this evening (16th).
I have attached a photo of a Minke photographed by me off Whitby although this photo
was actually taken during the Minke "season" last September.’
‘two possibly three Humpback Whales were seen off Whitby today (18th) by Whitby Coastal
Cruises, it appeared to be an adult and two juveniles.’
Single Humpback whales were seen off whitby on both saturday and sunday this weekend
(20/21st). Attached is a picture of a tail fluke taken by Anthony Hurd of the Yorkshire
Wildlife Trust each whale has an unique pattern to the colouring on the fluke so
it can at least be added to the library and possibly tracked if seen again. They
are expected to move steadily southwards, so if any of your members see a whale blow
or any other signs during a sea watch I would be really grateful if you could let
me know. Also three bottlenose dolphins were seen of whitby on saturday plus a number
of Minke whales.
Stuart Baines who regularly records cetaceans reports that he saw ‘1. Off Whitby,
seven Minke whales including a calf along with two large whales which it was not
possible to identify, and a further with Brown colouring which could have been a
species of beaked whale but again it was not possible to be definite as to the species.
three and a half miles of Hayburn Wyke a single Minke whale
Tim Burkinshaw reports from the Carrs project
‘ I had a quick visit to some wet grassland fields at Lingholm Fm Flotmanby Weds
pm. Surprised to discover a substantial splash flood near the Hertford Cut, indicated
by unharvested hay in otherwise short turf. Closer inspection put up a flock of 115
Mallard, also 12 Common Snipe and 3 Green Sandpipers. No pics of the birds but I
did snap the wet field. As well as the birds I saw a lot of Common Darters ovipositing
around the flood, Certainly 10 coupled pairs.
Three sluice dams were built by the farmer last year: one is dry, another is half
full and the one with greatest influence is full and overtopped keeping surface water
on about 1/5 of the field area. Scrapes here still require more work to meet the
prescribed shape and form - but at least they are wet. On the Carrs Wetland farms
most of the sluices are set lower at this time of year but due to the wet summer
a good number of field scrapes have retained water throughout, unlike the past two
summers, making it a good year for dragonflies.
Trisha Scott has sent in her latest report of happenings outside her Falsgrave flat.
‘More and more Starlings are now coming to our feeders, about ten today, making very
short work of the mealworms. Three or four House Sparrows also around, along with
a couple of Coal Tits (who seem to enjoy the niger seed as well as the fat balls,
but they ignore the mealworms!) A Blue Tit is another occasional visitor plus two
Goldfinches, an adult and an immature. One very unwelcome "guest", which appeared
on the same day as we returned from holiday, was a Grey Squirrel - the first we had
seen for a number of years. A quick rap on the window saw it off, and I haven't seen
it since. The Robin which was around on a couple of occasions a few weeks ago has
not been back, so far.
Insects aren't usually my "thing" unless it's something unusual, but the other day,
as I was going up the steps to the front door, a Peacock butterfly, which was flying
around, unexpectedly landed on my leg!!
The other insect encounter was on the footpath outside of Morrison's. My daughter
spotted a strange looking bug, which I picked up to have a closer look. I thought
it might be a Shield Bug, it was green, with brown markings. I put it back in a bush,
so that it wouldn't get trodden on, and later checked in a reference book in the
library to confirm its identity. It was indeed a Shield Bug (a Hawthorn sp?) However,
it wasn't until I read the description that I found out that these bugs, if alarmed,
can give off a nasty smelling substance! Thankfully, this didn't happen to me, so
I can only assume that "our" Bug was quite content being handled’
John Hume has been chasing dragonflies!
At Brown Rigg Moor, on the 2nd, there was one keeled skimmer
At Pexton Ponds on the 3rd there were brown hawkers, common hawkers, southern hawkers,
migrant hawkers (peacock and common blue butterflies and grass of parnassus was in
On the 4th at Maybeck common hawker and black darters were seen
On the 9th at Reighton Ponds, this year with water in them (thankfully) there were
southern and common hawkers, and ruddy and common darters
Kathy and Steve Bushell saw a ‘Comma butterfly seen Rosekirkdale first week of September
and a Slow Worm seen Turgate Hay Meadow Sept. 2nd. It managed to unravel itself’
John Hume finally managed to get a brief trip out, after suffering from a bad knee
for the last few weeks!! A visit to the Goldfish Ponds at Harwood Dale gave him sightings
of peacock butterflies and a skipper. Dragonflies included southern hawkers, common
hawkers, black darters, common darters, large red damselflies and emerald damselflies.
Souther hawker, common hawkers mating, female common hawker egg laying
Common darter and black darter, large red damselfly and emerald damselfly
Peacock and skipper
An update from Trisha (see below). ‘Today (Friday) has been quite interesting, with
the usual "gang" of Starlings and a few House Sparrows on the fatballs and mealworms,
along with the now daily Collared Doves and Blue Tits. But, for the first time, a
Robin was also present. My daughter initially spotted it on the fire escape rails
and told me about it. I thought that if I scattered more mealworms on the step, that
may tempt it back, so I did, and it reappeared a few minutes later and tucked in!!
I haven't seen a Robin in quite a long time, and certainly never had one feeding
on our fire escape. Maybe it is an immigrant, but hopefully it will be back. Also
feeding on the fatballs this morning were two Great Tits, again, the first ones seen
around here for months. A Goldfinch also put in an appearance and fed on the niger.’
Trisha Scott has sent in another report from Falsgrave
‘The Starlings are still visiting regularly, especially when the mealworm feeders
have been replenished, along with up to ten House Sparrows, the odd Blue Tit and
a couple of Coal Tits. All of these also taking advantage of the fat balls, when
the Jackdaws aren't present. One unusual sighting involved a couple of Blackbirds,
an adult and a youngster. Although the species is always present in the gardens at
ground level, they have never fed at our elevated site. However, a few days ago,
the pair were seen to be hanging around on the fire escape platform, waiting for
mealworms being dropped or flicked out of the feeders by the Starlings. I only saw
them on the one occasion, but now, their place "waiting on" has been filled by a
pair of Collared Doves (yet another species more numerous here in previous years.)
Initially, they appeared to be coming to have a drink, but then they stayed on to
tuck into the mealworms!’
Louise Thompson recorded these Broad-leaved Helleborines in flower near Hayburn
Kathy and Steve Bushell had a ‘Single Painted Lady present for several hours on this
lavender plant at Broad Head Farm, Saturday 18th August’ and a holly blue on the
track leading down from Broad Head Farm to Troutsdale on the 23rd
Belinda Robson is still busy recording the moths in her garden
Ian Glaves has sent in his report on the field outing to North Cave and Blacktoft
Report on the Society excursion to North Cave Wetlands and Blacktoft Sands RSPB Reserve,
Saturday 11th August 2012.
Eleven members drove in three cars, setting off at 9 am, firstly to North Cave Wetlands
– a reserve created from sand and gravel extraction at a site just west of North
Cave village. The area consists of shallow pools with vegetated banks and one or
two small islands. There are three public hides, and most of the birds can be seen
from these. Hard paths circle the reserve, so access is easy. Amongst the birds seen
were many Lapwing, gathering ready to move south, several Black-tailed Godwits, and
a couple of Ruff. As well as the ubiquitous Mallard, Teal and Tufted Duck, a few
pairs of Gadwall were present, most of the ducks being in “eclipse” (moult), and
therefore not in their best plumage. Several Common Terns were wafting about the
Reserve. They breed on specially constructed floating “tern islands”, but no juveniles
were seen, suggesting the poor summer had taken it’s toll on these exposed ground
nesters. The highlight was a Green Woodpecker, which flashed across the front of
the hide, giving everyone a brief but close glimpse. In all, the Reserve was quiet,
so the party moved on to Blacktoft, via a short diversion to the Humber shore at
Faxfleet. Here, an extensive reed-bed can be good for Marsh Harrier, but none were
Blacktoft Sands is a long-established RSPB Reserve on the south bank of the confluence
of the rivers Trent and Ouse as they form the Humber. It’s an extensive reed bed,
with open pools visible from a series of hides on an easily negotiated path. It’s
a prime site for such reed bed specialities as Reed and Sedge Warbler, Bearded Reedling
(Tit), Water Rail and Marsh Harrier. It’s also a good place for migrant waders in
spring and autumn (from early August onwards).
Excellent views of Common Redshank, Spotted Redshank (about 20), Ruff and Dunlin
were had. Ducks included the commoner species mentioned above, with the addition
of Pochard, and numerous Shoveller. Marsh Harriers were easy to see, and included
a mix of the dark brown plumaged juveniles, lighter brown adult females (both the
latter having cream crowns), and a second year male. The highlight was the appearance
of a Bittern on the Reedbed hide pool, sitting in the reeds doing its typical motionless
“sky-pointing” in response to an overflying Marsh Harrier. The bird eventually took
flight, giving excellent views as it passed across the pool. A further Bittern was
seen over the distant reed beds. There were very few small passerine species to see,
but Whitethroat, Pied and Yellow Wagtail, and Goldfinch. A few butterflies were seen
– Peacock, Small White and Comma.
After the unexpected thrill of the Bittern, the party left the Reserve about 4 pm
for the return home.
Bittern -"Notice the superb feather pattern giving the bird cryptic camouflage in
winter reed beds, but not so good in summer when reeds are green. When threatened
or alarmed, it sits motionless with its bill pointing skywards
Shoveller -"The large flattened bill is obvious even in flight. The underwing is
black and white, whilst the upper wing is a blue-grey colour".
Redshank - "Several Spotted Redshanks - they appear lighter in colour, and have slightly
longer, thinner bill, as well as being marginally bigger and more gracile than the
Common Redshank. The white supercillium (line above the eye) is much more prominent
when facing the observer".
Tim Burkinshaw has sent in another report from the Carrs project area
On a routine visit to wetland sites at Cayton Carr last week(Grove Fm) I spotted
Green veined white butterfly (pic)
Umbellifer - possibly Alexanders? growing by the sluice. (pic)
In a seasonal scrape - freshwater ostracods concentrated by dropping water levels
similarly a pair of stranded stickleback in a muddy gateway. (pic)
Also in one of the sluices ditches were numerous bladder snails.
On return route a number of the scrapes on Chapman's field were good for Odonata.
I couldn't get photos but saw one Emperor, 8 Common Blue and a Blue tailed damselfly.
Near a marshy spot 10 common snipe were flushed which is very pleasing and I think
a new peak count for this field; passing through or staying around I'm not sure..
Trisha Scott has ent in her latest report from Falsgrave
We have had far fewer birds visiting our feeders this year, evidence, I assume, that
the dire weather has had a catastrophic effect on their breeding success.
our usual visitors were all but absent for several weeks, and when they did appear,
there were very few, if any, juveniles with them.
The Starlings are now returning,
but only a few, four or five individuals, compared with the numbers last year. Apart
from a fleeting glimpse of a single Goldfinch this week, there have been none around
for a few weeks, and the niger seed has been all but untouched. Very few House Sparrows
also, and no young seen with the few adults that have visited. One pair of birds though
seems to have bucked this trend, Jackdaws, which have been regular diners throughout
the "summer" and they have been accompanied by one or two brown-tinged youngsters.
These birds have fed on the fat balls and mealworms. A couple of Blue Tits have also
started visiting in the past few days, along with two Coal Tits (these were the predominant
tit species a few years ago, and have been largely absent recently, so it was good
to see them around again.) The Coal Tits initially fed on the niger seed, before
moving on to the fat balls.
The only other sightings of note were House Martin in
the area, at a nest unused for a couple of years and the very confiding Dunnock(s)
which still frequent the hedges near Sainsbury's.
Mike Pearson has sent in some more images
Stenoptilia milleridactyla, small magpie, scarce footman
Rosy minor, Ruff, common swift
Tim Burkinshaw has been looking at his scrapes for the Cayton and Flixton Carrs project,
Flixton Carr today (3rd Aug) scrapes north east Flixton Br.
1 emperor dragonfly male
7 common blue damselflies male
1 blue tailed damselfly male
also 10 common snipe on marshy spot,
Cayton Carr 1 very large looking female peregrine Cayton Carr took off north.
24 mallard (2 broods grown up?) Cayton Carr scrape plus green veined white and a
drying up muddy puddle with two stickleback stranded..
Mike Pearson has sent in a few more moth photos.
Dunbar, silky wainscot, short-cloaked moth
Steve Wignall says ‘I was seawatching with tony ford at the seawatching hut at long
nab, burniston on friday 27th july when a marbled white butterfly flew south along
the clifftop in front of the hut. also plenty of ringlet and meadow brown on the
John Hume visited Seamer Tip Ponds on the 23rd and was delighted by the number of
black-tailed skimmers to be seen. He also observed a male catch a blue dameslfly
and start to eat it.
There were also two male black-tailed skimmers at the Open Air Theatre in Scarborough
on the 25th.
Male with common blue damselfly;
Female and mating pair
Ian Glaves reports ‘I've been out with the ringers lately, for a couple of the specialities
of our recording area - Storm Petrel and Nightjar. Storm Petrel ringing involves
setting mist nets at dusk on some suitable location on the coast, and playing a tape
recording of the calls the birds make at their nesting colony. The sound is projected
from a loudspeaker VERY LOUD in a seaward direction. The birds are feeding just off-shore
and are attracted by the sound into the net, caught, ringed and released. It's a
case of being vigilant and it helps to be deaf, and returns are small for the effort
involved - one or two birds in a three hour stretch is good. The birds breed in the
northern isles and Norway, but fly down into the North Sea to feed. They have been
recorded as far south as Portugal.
Belinda Robson has had a busy month capturing moths:
True Lovers Knot, Common wave, Small angle-shades
Fan foot, buff arches, single-dotted wave
Lynchis, clouded silver, Brown china mark
Garden tiger, drinker, purple clay
Heart and dart, snout, marbled beauty
Light emerald, female ghost, cabbage
Udea ovalis, plain golden Y, dark arches
John Hume visited Brown Rigg beck and Jugger Howe on the 22nd and saw keeled skimmers
mating and egg laying
He also saw golden ringed dragonflies and a female southern hawker
John Hume visited the River Derwent at Ganton and Potter Brompton Carr Farm on the
21st for a dragonfly survey as part of the YNU V62 field meeting. A total of 11 species
were found which comprises about 50% of the species list for the whole of the Scarborough
Field Naturalists’ recording area. Species photographed were;
Banded and beautiful demoiselles,
Common blue damselflies, blue-tailed damselfly, four spotted chaser
Emperor dragonfly, common darter, broad-bodied chaser
Mike Pearson has sent in some more moths from Flamborough
Golden pulsia (a county rarity), green silver lines, double dart and antler moth
Louise Thompson says ‘I went to Ashberry meadow near Rievaulx this week (14th July)
where there were lots of orchids especially spotted and fragrant orchids, but also
an impressive patch of over 100 Marsh Helleborines’
Kathy and Steve Bushell recorded 11 marbled whites at Turgate Plantation on the 14th
Mike Pearson has sent in a new crop of moth sightings.
Lilac beauty, lime speck pug and double lobed
Christopher Hoyle: I have taken an interest in the wildlife around the landslip at
Holbeck and in particular the bee orchids that grow there every year. I discovered
them, by accident, about ten years ago and come every year to see how many grow and
generally take great pleasure in their presence. Two years ago the rescue services
held a mock rescue at Holbeck using the hollow just above the cliff as their command
post. It just happened that this area was where some of the best specimens of bee
orchids grew and the whole area was flattened, including the orchids. Since then,
this is the second year and not one bee orchid has grown there since. Last year,
between the hollow and the bench, at the bottom of the hill I counted around 40 plants
and kept visiting them over the their growing period. Towards the end of that period
every single one of the plants, in that area, disappeared, I don't mean died back,
one day they were all there, the next gone.
I have scoured the hillside and have discovered the general area where they grow
and not all have 'just disappeared', some have died back naturally. This year is
the worst showing I have experienced since starting my vigil, with only 3 showing
in all the areas where they tend to grow, one of which ‘disappeared’. At 'orchid
terrace ' on north bay there was a better showing with around 40 bee orchids I counted.
I know this area has received protection being classified as a 'sac' and has a fence
around it (most of the bee orchids were growing outside of the fence) but the area
around holbeck where the bee orchids grow is open to public use.
I don't confess to be an expert, I have a hnd in countryside management, but have
not used it in any professional sense, I am a amateur photographer and take a high
interest in natural history, appreciating the aesthetic beauty in nature and recording
that but I thought that I would contact someone to inform them of the stresses this
area is undergoing. I realise that this year has been particularly wet and that this
alone could be responsible for poor numbers, not just bee orchids but butterflies
as well. At 'orchid terrace' the ground seems to have better drainage and at holbeck
the ground is sodden but if I make known the plight of this species then maybe in
future years this area will come under added scrutiny because plants don't just dissappear.
John Hume: I had a walk around the Ellerburn valley on the 15th. Sightings included
common blue butterfly, ringlet, rock rose,
5-spotted burnet moth. At the Pexton Ponds there were common blue damselflies, emerald
damselflies, a four spotted chaser and an emperor dragonfly
And fragrant orchids. A small tortoishell and a dark green fritillary were seen in
Dav White: We live near Peasholm Park and have seen loads of nice looking mushrooms
due to the damp weather. We have also seen three damselflies near the newt pond at
the OAT, which is ace as we haven't seen any since they drained the pool.
Steve Bushell: Saw 3 Fallow Deer (probably does) in Givendale (N.of Turgate plantation)
on Saturday July 7th
John Hume: three photos of the orchids on the Racecourse Road above Betton Farm,
although apparently it has now been cut, WHY???????
Dragonflies were hard to come by on the 1st July at Brown Rigg Beck, but one golden-ringed
dragonfly (which hadn’t managed to fully ‘pump up its wings’ and an immature male
keeled skimmer were seen. Also an adder was seen, but it didn;t hang around for its
photo to be taken.
Kathy Bushell has finally seen some butterflies:
Finally some butterfly sightings. 1 Marble white and 4 common blues plus 2 ringlets
at Turgate Woods North of Allerston. Steve also saw a stoat in Givendale yesterday
Tim Burkinshaw reports that:
On Weds 3rd July at Haybridge, Potter Brompton Carr SE 978 790- Three pairs of Beautiful
Demoiselles Calopteryx virgo on the Derwent plus another pair on the Sherburn Cut
a little west. My first sightings of the season.
Also did I pass on the orchids at Staxton Brow, 28/06/12?
at least 50 common spotted orchids (?)and 38 pyramidal orchids- this was on a west
facing part of the remnant chalk dale overlooking the Staxton traffic lights. We
are planning a green hay expansion of this site as part of the HLS scheme and volunteers
needed on 25th July to help rake and spread green hay.
People can contact me for info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Pearson at Buckton had a wonderful sighting of an alpine swift
Rustic shoulder-knot, common swift, flame shoulder
Poplar hawk moth, timothy tortrix, common marbled carpet
Light brown apple moth, brimstone, dark arches
Gothic, heart and dart, mottled beauty
Herald, middle-barred minor, burnished brass
And also this mayfly
John Hume had a look at the splendid display of pyrimadal orchids and a few bee orchids
on the roadside verge on the Racecourse Road just up the hill from Betton Farm. Thankfully,
so far it hasn’t been cut!!
Tim Burkinshaw has sent in another report:
Crook Lane Flixton: Whilst running a stream dipping session at request of Flixton
in Bloom / Hunmanby Brownies yesterday evening we were visited by two Red admirals
enjoying the last rays of the evening sun. In the damp grassland near the picnic
tables there a ragged robin plant in flower, a natural appearance the Flixton in
bloom people told me. In the stream the girls identified a range of invertebrates
including: class=Freshwater shrimp, Flatworm -Polycelis felina, Cased caddis fly
larvae families Sericostomatidae and Mollanidae, Caseless caddis Polycentropidae;
water beetle sp. freshwater worm -Lumbricidae and spire shell snail -Hydrobidae.
Considering this stretch of stream is only 1inch deep, 18inch wide and was dry until
April/ May I thought this was quite remarkable.
John Hume photographed the North Bay Terrace Orchids on the 26th, bee, common spotted
On the 28th he went to Ellerburn Bank and after hearing a nightjar churring, seeing
plenty of woodcock, a couple of bats and being bitten to death by a million midges,
he recorded 5 female glow worms and 2 male glow worms.
Mike Pearson at Flamborough has been capturing some more moths:
Elephant hawkmoth, drinker and chalk carpet (this is only the 3rd recorded in the
county in the last 10 years)
Also a photo of a common swift
Mike Pearson has sent in photos of another couple of moths, ghost moths (male and
female and the eggs in the background)
Mike Pearson has sent in a couple of moth sightings from Flamborough, a waved umber
(new to Flamborough) and an eyed hawkmoth.
Jane Payne - I’m just reporting the sighting, on 2 consecutive nights, of a Nightjar
on the middle of the road between Suffield and Langdale End. On the first evening,
about 10.15. I thought it was injured so stopped the car and walked towards the
bird, it flew off immediately. I know the flight of a Nightjar and that confirmed
what I was looking at. The second evening at 11.00ish as I stopped the car it flew
away. I was talking to Mick and he said they like the warmth of the road, so sit
there. Always learning something!!
Jonathon Foot has sent in this fantastic sighting - I work at Robin Hoods Bay, and
live in Pickering. I left work this evening around 7pm. On my route home as I turned
off the A171 onto the B1416, I can have only travelled about 200 to 300 meters along
the road, approx, Grid Ref NZ 91262 03866, when I was amazed to see a Short Eared
Owl sat on a fence post to my right hand side. I slowed the car to a standstill and
was right along side the owl. He/She did not flinch apart from a few weary turns
of its head. I have attached a photo, but unfortunately it is not very clear as it
was taken on my mobile phone, and as I thought any more movement of my vehicle would
make it fly away. I was also conscious of other traffic which maybe approaching.
As another vehicle was now approaching from the rear I had to pull away and move
on, only to my suprise to see a second Short Eared Owl, , about a further 100 meters
on, swoop down over the road, into the heather and then immediately rise again with
a small unfortunate rodent in its talons. Luckily the driver of the vehicle behind
me had also seen the drama and was not impatient, which enabled me to travel slowly
and watch the second owl in flight for a few moments. Unbelievable !!!
Tim Burkinshaw reports from the Cayton and Flixton Carrs project from the beginning
of the month - ‘Some recent sightings, before BH weekend:Popped down to Flixton Carr-
the area SW of Flix Bridge- 2 pairs Common Blue damselfly mating, 2 peacock butterfly.
Coverdale's spring sown grass Flixton good lapwing site, fairly bare and weedy (everywhere
else sward quite long and nothing to see so this seems to have drawn in all the pairs
for later attempts?:On this one field max count adults 14 lapwing, with at least
3 prs behaving as if young so prob at least 3 broods on this field - I definitely
saw one brooding two or more young chicks. In total I counted 6 part or well grown
chicks. Also heard Curlew calling plus a Kestrel and 2 Oystercatcher calling, east
of Flixton carr Lane.’
Louise Thompson says that the Castle field in West Ayton was looking fabulous at
the end of May and was covered with flowers - bulbous buttercup,cow parsley,pignut
and germander speedwell in profusion, also meadow saxifrage in flower.
John Hume recorded common, azure and blue-tailed damselflies at Wykeham Lakes
And broad bodied chaser and four spotted chaser (note the mal-formed rear right wing)
at Seamer Tip Pond
Robert Wadsworth has sent in an unusual observation; ‘I saw this magpie in the paddock
off Filey Country Park on 25th May. At first I thought it was injured or ill but
when it flew off it was clearly healthy (physically at least). The bird had been
trying to incubate the pebble.
Each time I passed over the next 3 days the magpie was in the same spot lying on
I have not been back since so it is likely still there.
Trisha Scott has sent in some more observations
‘There seems to be fewer birds around our flat, compared to last year. I have only
observed one pair of Goldfinches, compared to four or five pairs last year. Only
one juvenile seen, compared to several last year. One or two irregular visits from
Blue Tits, three or four pairs of Starlings, and a couple of pairs of House Sparrows.
A pair of Jackdaws came to feed on the fat balls, but I haven't seen these for over
a week. There is a very confiding Dunnock near Sainsbury's at Falsgrave. This bird
will wait to fly off until it is all but under my feet!! Like last year, House Martins
appear to have disappeared from this area. Of more concern though, I have only seen
ONE Swift, that was a few days ago, over Falsgrave. From my observations, they also
seem to be absent over the town. This compares to last year, when, although well
down in numbers here, I used to see perhaps five or six in the air together.’
Ian Glaves reports that there is a drake eider duck in the harbour.
Steve Bushell says ‘On May 12 saw 2 male Orange Tip Butterflies, 2 Green Veined Whites
and 1 Tortoiseshell at top of Troutsdale. On May 18 saw Goshawk in Givendale. Saw
Wheatear passing through our farm on May 18 (not very good photo attached). Swifts
were around cattle in Troutsdale. 5 Turtle Doves spotted North of Chaffer Woods,
Ebberston May 20th.’
Mike Pearson has sent in some more photos.
And a night heron at sunset
John Hume has posted a few updates:-
A green hairstreak butterfly has survived all the cold, wet weather on Brown Rigg
Moor, on the 8th, maybe the same one initially seen at the end of March (see below).
At Castlebeck Woods he came across a complete skeleton of a roe deer
In Forge Valley and Yedmandale Woods, on the 16th, there were a number of flowers
showing well, including bluebells, early purple orchid, herb paris
Herb robert, forget me not, speedwell
Red campion, stitchwort, wood avens
And birds nest orchid was just coming into flower
At Filey Dams, on the 11th, there was a fox and cub, the former having caught one
of the many swallows that were flying about.