Sunday, 17 July 2011

All the things you can see on a wet weekend!

So after the Striped Hawkmoth at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire, how good can a weekend get? Always good is a wet day as it means no-one ventures out!

So what did folk miss?

Emerging Southern Hawkers...

Emerging Common Darter

Good numbers of Little Gulls were present on D res. 37 appeared around lunchtime as rain became torrential before moving south and another 6 appeared an hour later. Interesting the numbers of Little Gulls Tophill gets as reports suggest maybe up to 2000+ are in Bridlington Bay, plus 500 were off Spurn Saturday. Nothing on Sunday! I spent 5 hours dodging showers by sitting overlooking D res, however a small number of Lesser Black-backs moved through south. A Common Sandpiper plummeted down from a height to announce it's prescence by constantly calling, and a Little Egret came in from the southwest, before flying northwest and landing just north of the site.

Good birds are available to some though. The blog's North Sea correspondant was ashore in the week, and able to tick the Blacktoft Sands RSPB Marsh Sandpiper. I couldn't go as it meant breaking my golden rule of twitching... travelling for a bird further away than one I've twitched already... so the extra 200 yard walk meant I had to pass on seeing it!

However, somehow the blog's North Sea correspondant has picked up a job in the Atlantic off the northwest coast of Ireland... Stormies, Sootys, Manxies and Bonxies seem like regular foddy... a Wilson's Petrel drifted past the rig on tow this evening. Be nice to have a day at work like that!

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