… Latest Sightings

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  1. A dead Pygmy Shrew on the path from the Rabbit Warren towards the Main Spit.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 19, 2018 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  2. Brown Argus on the causeway. Ruddy Darter basking on an old tree stump by the main path near the Trailer Gate.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 18, 2018 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  3. Hummingbird Hawk Moth in garden (very briefly) at Little Preston this evening.

    Comment by John Martin — July 14, 2018 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  4. A Roe Deer was heading for the Lemonroyd Bridge exit as I entered – it bounded back to the trees by the Channel.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 14, 2018 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  5. Two Small Coppers 100yds from crossroads on ridge and furrow path fighting for territory.

    Comment by mike pullan — July 13, 2018 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

  6. Walking along the path through the cereal fields from Fleet Lane towards Dolphin Beck I noticed a Pygmy Shrew heading towards me. I stood still and it came right up between my feet, sniffed a shoe then returned the way it had come – maybe I should have changed my socks this morning!

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 12, 2018 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

  7. A mink was seen by member GM at Astley causeway on 28/6/18

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 12, 2018 @ 12:07 am | Reply

  8. Common Darters (males) on hillside & near Old Lock this am

    Comment by JK — July 9, 2018 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

  9. Offsite, fresh Brown Argus SE430305 near Ling Close wood, if 2nd brood early but with this weather wouldn’t rule it out, or a 3rd later if it continues and the lfp do not wither!

    Comment by Julian — July 8, 2018 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

  10. Another dead Mole, this time by the path through Warbler Alley. I guess they must be finding it difficult to catch worms in this dry spell.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 8, 2018 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

  11. New brood Holly Blue 2 on hillside.

    Comment by Julian — July 7, 2018 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  12. There was also a dead common shrew on the path up through fleet plantation. Two young weasel kits were in the grass at the top of the slope to the old lock. At temple newsam purple hairstreak can be seen in some oaks around the clearing where the hazel have been coppiced.

    Comment by mike pullan — July 6, 2018 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

  13. Dead Common Shrew by the path from Methley Bridge to the Rabbit Warren.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 6, 2018 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

  14. Purple Hairstreak seemed less combative most of the time, at one point 2 were on one leaf with another 2 within a few feet, so 4 at rest and in view at the same time, Fleet plantation. Also 2 seen in Methley copse.
    Red Admiral and Painted Lady in flypast. 2 Emerald damselfly in small part of North ings ditch. Various sections of the riverbank had male Banded Demoiselle, but between the river bridges at Skelton the weed and bank vegetation had 20+ always moving. I have seen females land on weed and use it to pull themselves underwater to lay eggs.

    Comment by Julian — July 4, 2018 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

  15. Purple Hairstreak 6 minimum top of the gated path fleet plantation 1815 onwards. Never had so many with so much activity, lots of battling, made me consider the tree with most activity might be a “master” tree. On the way down 1 more. Comma 2/3 also at top gate. The male Comma that was holding this territory was Hutchisoni like all the others at the moment, however an even more pale individual showed up but was driven off before I got an image.

    Comment by Julian — July 3, 2018 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  16. Hummingbird hawk moth briefly at 7:30am around Hosta’s between top menagerie lake and walled garden, Temple Newsam

    Comment by Mark Darwell — July 3, 2018 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  17. A Hedgehog was snuffling along under the hedge by the track down to Skelton Lake this morning (possibly the first live one I’ve seen in the valley). It was smaller than the adults I see in my garden, but possibly too big for one of this year’s brood.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 2, 2018 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

  18. Emerald Damselfly on south end of causeway of Main Lake. 8 Gatekeeper south side of western reedbed. 8 Brown Hawker, 2 Emperor and many Blue and Azure Damselfly.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — July 2, 2018 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  19. Migrant Hawker by the Old Lock, with another at the southern end of the causeway this morning.

    Comment by RobP — July 1, 2018 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

  20. Regarding Comma’s, var Hutchinsoni pupation takes about 2 weeks, although with this weather I can see 10 days being possible. Counting back yesterday’s Comma must have become pupae before midsummer so meet the cut off date to become Hutchinsoni! The relevance of this is that instead of hibernating later they will breed again and produce another generation August /September! Could be a lot of Comma.

    Comment by Julian — July 1, 2018 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  21. Sunny but windy so up the river and down the other side of the canal from the hide. A couple of worn Common Blue, just inside Fleet plantation a Southern Hawker, 10 days earlier than previous years. A dead mole on the path. 15 Comma which looked brighter and the underwing also pale, not sure they are the full aberration Hutchinsoni but they look part way there.Plus 7 Small Tortoiseshell so next brood definitely out. 30+ each Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Small Skipper, 10+ Gatekeeper, 10 Large Skipper with 3 Large white. The canal turn had 22m 1f Red-eyed Damselfly on lots of floating vegetation, never had anywhere close to that before. Purple Hairstreak in 3 separate locations and 2 weeks earlier than ever before despite the less than favourable conditions ie wind!

    Comment by Julian — June 30, 2018 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

  22. 26/6 Emerald damselfly in North Ings ditch. Next brood Comma fleakingly lane with 5 Speckled Wood and 2 Brown Hawker and an Emperor dragonfly on Astley Lane. Old Astley Lane Brown Hawker and 3 White-letter Hairstreak on the main Elm, the easier sucker opposite and moving along the tops of the Hawthorn!

    Comment by Julian — June 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am | Reply

  23. 12 Marbled Whites on the hillside with one pair seen mating , (visitors)
    4 White Letter Hairstreak’s in the usual tree ( photo of one in the Gallery).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 25, 2018 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

  24. A Marbled White bottom of the hillside and one on the hillside. All the grassy areas had a profusion of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and golden skipper, about equal between Large and Small. 6 Small Tortoiseshell spread around the site, all fresh, indicating emergence of the next brood. This looks well in advance of the usual time. 2 Emperor and 8 Brown Hawker dragonfly. Single Common Darter, well behind early date!

    Comment by Julian — June 24, 2018 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

  25. A clear-wing moth in vegetation below the hide looked like a Six-belted but unfortunately never settled.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 24, 2018 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  26. My first Gatekeeper of the year, one SE corner of Lowther at 10am.

    Comment by RobP — June 23, 2018 @ 10:56 pm | Reply

  27. Transferred from bird sightings page:

    Otter in the canal, just below the Wakefield Road Bridge at Woodlesford. Seen from bus on the way back from Leeds

    Comment by Rob Hunton — June 22, 2018 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

  28. Another Mole corpse on the track down from the Lemonroyd Bridge entrance. Apart from the slight drawback of being dead it was otherwise uninjured and looked to be a good weight.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 22, 2018 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  29. Broad-bodied Chaser at eastern end of Lowther at 09:00.

    Comment by RobP — June 21, 2018 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  30. Stoat ran across Swillington Lane from Woodland Drive to the field opposite at 09:15 this morning.

    Comment by Phil Walton — June 21, 2018 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  31. Good numbers of Six-spot Burnets this evening around the site, especially between Lemonroyd bridge and the old lock.

    Comment by RobP — June 20, 2018 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  32. 3 or 4 White Letter Hairstreak’s high in the canopy in the usual tree this morning.
    8 Ringlets in Fleakingly beck area. Good numbers of Caterpillar’s of Small Tortoiseshell on Old Astley lane, ( GYL – DN).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 19, 2018 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  33. A Weasel on Astley Lane narrowly missed being run over. A Hare at Skelton Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 18, 2018 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  34. Looked to be a dead stoat on Wakefield road near the Swillington Farm junction

    Comment by Rob Hunton — June 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  35. Mole foraging in the undergrowth on Coach road showing rather well mid-day ( GYL – DN).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 17, 2018 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  36. Two dead Pygmy Shrews in different areas round Skelton Lake this morning, nine Rabbits on the spillway there.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 17, 2018 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  37. Stoat on Old Astley lane this morning upsetting the local Blackbirds.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 16, 2018 @ 9:44 pm | Reply

  38. First Record ? Rosemary Beetle Chrysolina americana (10) in Little Preston this afternoon.None shortly after.

    Comment by John Martin — June 16, 2018 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  39. In excess of 2000 froglets (hopping) and toadlets (crawling) along a 200m stretch of the Main Path from the blocked off Bowers Lake path towards the Trailer Gate this morning, moving towards the ridge and furrow area, but none elsewhere. From a distance in areas where they were particularly concentrated it looked as though someone had spilled a bag of raisins across the path. Further along towards the Trailer Gate a Short-tailed Vole ran across the path.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 16, 2018 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  40. Banking above brewery plantation ; 10 Large Skipper, 4 Meadow Brown, Ringlet. Lemonroyd br to Warren ; 7 Common Blue, 4 Meadow Brown, 5 Speckled Wood including one that seemed intent on courting a Ringlet and a Dingy Skipper completely faded but showing no damage. 6 Large Skipper.

    Comment by Julian — June 13, 2018 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  41. Brimstone, Red Admiral & Ringlet old Astley lane this morning.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 13, 2018 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  42. Dead mole on track to Warren – no sign of any damage .

    Comment by Pete Haigh — June 13, 2018 @ 6:45 am | Reply

  43. Bee Orchid noted at regular site 12/6

    Comment by Steve Williams — June 13, 2018 @ 6:37 am | Reply

  44. Holly Blue in Little Preston yesterday and again today, 1-2.

    Comment by John Martin — June 10, 2018 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  45. Roadkill hedgehog on Wakefield Road close to Swillington Lane junction

    Comment by Rob Hunton — June 10, 2018 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

  46. Late afternoon: Six Spot Burnet Moth on south shore and Painted Lady on WRB path. Meadow Brown numbers increasing.

    Comment by RobP — June 10, 2018 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

  47. Woodlesford goit 10+ Large Red Damselfly including 4 pairs, 7 Azure Damselfly, 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly and a Common Blue Damselfly. Unusual for Azure to outnumber Common! Near 2nd lock.

    Comment by Julian — June 10, 2018 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

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