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Wow what a great month!  This bumper edition with loads of sightings includes more than usual moths and butterflies. It was a really good month for our rare breeding butterflies at several sites, the most significant being good news about the now famous Duke of Burgundys, with new naturally colonised new breeding sites and bigger numbers!  Several rare migrant moths were recorded, included the fabulously named Purple Cloud, a second record for Yorkshire at Spurn.  On the bird front, the Lower Derwent Valley scored with some great Corncrake news, and a rush of migrants late in the month included lots of scarce birds at Spurn and Flamborough.  For lots more wildlife news, read the full article by Richard Baines of Yorkshire Coast Nature.

Photos clockwise from top left: Rosy Starling by John Harwood, Scorched Wing by Allan Rodda and Duke of Burgundy butterflies by Lindsey Bowes.

(30th May 2018)

April was a month of huge contrasts in the weather from “Hull will be hotter than Istanbul today” to a return to winter temperatures at the end of the month. Despite this there were a lot of great birds and other wildlife around. The coast sparkled with scarce birds from Firecrests, Hawfinches and a few beautiful Red-rumped Swallows. Many of our summer songbirds arrived back just about on time but there were a few really early sightings such as the first singing Turtle Dove on the 6th! Many butterflies emerged mid-month in the tropical weather along with excited moth trappers only to rush back for cover at the end of the month! The rarest bird prizes of the month go to the male Pallid Harrier floating across the M62 and a surprise Flamborough garden Olive-backed Pipit late in the month.

For more wildlife sightings click here to read the full article by Richard Baines of Yorkshire Coast Nature.

Photos clockwise from top left: Streamer by Damian Money, Ring Ouzel by Damian Money, Red-rumped and Barn Swallow by John Hewitt

 

 

Snow and freezing temperatures started the month but by the start of the second week things were brightening up. The first butterflies, bumble-bees and moths were on the wing, with the 24th and 25th March especially good for insect emergence. It was a similar story for our first songbird migrants, the first Northern Wheatear arrived on the 14th but it wasn’t until the 21st that things improved. In the final week, Spurn brightened up the show with Firecrest, Long-eared Owl and two Cranes.

For more wildlife sightings and photographs, read the full article by Richard Baines of Yorkshire Coast Nature here.

Photographs Firecrest by John Hewitt (left) and Jack Snipe by Andy Hood (right)

(2nd April 2018)