Most of this year, due to having more free time, I’ve managed to blog when I’ve had the inspiration and a few photographs. I’ve rarely left Yorkshire though so most of the highlights will inevitably be local. I’ve kept going with Cottingham Moths but still wonder whether it’s worth the effort. However viewing figures have doubled since last year. See how I feel when I start trapping again in 2017.
My first picture for 2016 is the returning Barmston Kumlien’s Gull, seen on the 31st. It proved tricky this year [more here].
An Early Moth found in Cottingham on Travis Road on the 6th was a new one for me [see here].
March was poor for photographs so I’ll settle for my first picture of a Small Tortoiseshell of the year taken at Far Grange.
My best photograph of the month was a very showy Cetti’s Warbler at Tophill Low NR that performed close to North Marsh Hide for several days.
This month’s photograph is the two Glossy Ibises at North Cave Wetlands NR, taken on the 29th. A site tick for most regulars.
This month it’s a Dingy Skipper taken at Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit near Market Weighton on the 5th. A difficult species to see locally and even more to photograph [Full account here].
Perversely my picture for July is an escaped/released Corn Snake found at High Eske NR on the 25th but it survived to provide material for a light hearted posting in August [see here].
August was a good month for waders at Tophill Low NR, had a site tick in the form of Spotted Crake at North Cave Wetlands and some good insects. All these are covered in the blog but the choice goes to the Western Swamp-hen at Minsmere RSPB on the 1st [see here].
This month I go for a moth. My first Brick on the 17th.
October was a mad month, said to be the best rarity wise ever. Oddly I never left Yorkshire but the best bird, for me at least, was the Siberian Accentor at Easington seen the same afternoon as my first Yorkshire Paddyfield Warbler [full account here].
November was a waterbird month and represented by this Black-necked Grebe I found at Tophill Low NR on the 22nd [See here].
The last photograph should have been Dusky Thrush at Beeley but didn’t see it long enough to get a picture on my 1st attempt and not at all on the 2nd [see here]. Therefore the space is filled by Eastern Black Redstart at Skinningrove, with in the historic borders of Yorkshire [see here].
Top 10 posts of 2016 [viewing figures]
1 The Flamborough/Easington twitch-Paddyfield Warbler and Siberian Accentor
2 Migrants-Kilnsea/Easington including Olive-backed Pipit
3 Putative Stejneger’s Stonechat at Spurn Point–Since confirmed
5 Waxwings at last-Hessle Sainsbury’s
6 Alkborough Flats–pre-Western Swamp-hen
9 North Cave Wetlands YWT–Birds and insects