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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Since I've been gone

Back from Croatia and here is what I've missed.


Lamesley Water Meadows - 2 Ruff and a Black-tailed Godwit

Ruff at Lamesley [Steven Fryer]

Shibdon Pond - 2 Greenshank

Greenshank at Shibson [Steven Fryer]

Winlaton Mill area - Purple Hairstreak, Speckled wood, Wall, Peacock, Large white, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.
Timber Beach - 3 Dunlin


16th August
Burdon Moor - 2 Wheatear, Skylark and 7 Curlew with a Spotted Flycatcher and Red Kites nearby. 

Peacock at Low Fell [Ali Campbell]

18th August
Lamesley Water Meadows - 2 Ruff and a Green Sandpiper
Burdon moor - 3  Whinchat 

Whinchats at Burdon Moor [Steven Fryer]

Shibdon pond - 1 Greenshank

Greenshank at Shibdon [Paul Davidson]

Far Pastures NR- Plenty of Common Darters

19th August
Shibdon Pond - 2 Greenshank 
Lamesley Water Meadows - 2 Ruff and a Green Sandpiper
Timber beach - 9 Golden plover  
Burdon Moor - No sign of any Whinchats

21st August
Shibdon Pond - 2 Greenshank
Lamesley Water Meadows - 2 Ruff


  1. Croatia Burt? Any decent dragonflies out there?

  2. Alan, There is a drought where I was and very little/no standing water. Did not see any at all, unlike northern Italy (close by) last year which was fantastic for them. Didn't expect any birds at this time of year and apart from a couple of Melodious Warblers I didn't get any decent birds either. Got some butterflies including Oriental Meadow Brown and Great-banded Grayling that were new for me and plenty of Silver-washed Fritillaries & Geranium Bronze in the town's flowerbeds but the vegetation was all brown and shrivelled and most of the butterflies were in the woods or at a nearby muddy puddle fed by an underground spring. Still weather was great and so had a nice relaxing holiday.

  3. Very philosophical outlook, personally I would have been gutted, but then again nothing surprises me about how the weather can effect my wildlife watching. My reputation as a jimx was enhanced when I arrived with Steve in Shibdon hide on Sunday morning and Mike piped up something on the lines of "no wonder it's f***ing raining!"