September was dominated by westerly airstreams with only one period of easterlies so coveted by birders at this time of year. Despite this, it was a very busy month for wildlife in East and North Yorkshire. Minke whale numbers grew through the month in anticipation of the Herring spawn, whilst scarce and rare birds arrived as diverse as Long-billed Dowitcher from the west and Raddes warbler from the east. The end of the month brought a surge of visible migration with a huge count of birds at Spurn on the 30th. Read the full article by Richard Baines of Yorkshire Coast Nature for all the details.
Photos: Minke whale by Richard Baines (top), Convolvulus hawkmoth by Richard Baines (left) and Red-breasted flycatcher by Richard Willison (right)
For many animals, August is often a classic mix of post-breeding resident species mingling with the first migrants. This year there were many signs that some resident species have had a good year, from good counts of Common Blue butterflies in Northallerton to Swifts passing Spurn. Migration was also heating up, with some great birds being seen from southern Europe such as Western Bonelli’s Warbler alongside signs of an arrival coinciding with scarce migrant moths.
Read all about it in this month’s blog from Richard Baines of Yorkshire Coast Nature.
Pomerine Skua at Staithes by Richard Baines (left) and Scarce Bordered Straw by Allan Rodda (right)
Waders were top of the wildlife show in North and East Yorkshire during July. One wetland in the Spurn area recorded no fewer than 28 species during the month! Several rare American waders were spotted and all three world species of Golden Plover were seen in East Yorkshire in a 48 hour period. It wasn’t only birds migrating; dragonflies were having a good month with rare continental species seen on the coast; Lesser Emperor being the pick of the bunch. It’s great to have several underwater marine species represented in our article this month, and they are arguably the most beautiful species in our gallery.
Photos clockwise from top left: Lilac beauty by Allan Rodda, Spiny squat lobster by Mark Pearson and White-rumped sandpiper by Nigel Genn