Swallows and Sand MartinWe spotted a single Swift near the Crown & Anchor, I hope is not the last in the year.
At sea, Sandwich terns practiced their bomb-diving and we spotted a grey seal swimming near the shore. On the side of the estuary, a group of Turnstones, Ringed Plovers, and other waders fed on the mud, with the background noise of passing Wimbrels whistling.
Invertebrates are always plentiful in the dunes. Chirping grasshoppers, Cinnabar caterpillars...I spotted a female sand wasp, Ammophila sabulosa, carrying a green caterpillar to her nest. The caterpillar was quite large and the wasp dragged it while walking.
A very fresh Common Blue on Hawkbit
Red Admiral on the buddleia behind the observatory
Gatekeeper on Ragwort
Black Tailed Skimmer
Wild Carrot and Sedges on the cliff, there were many wildflowers including Common Knapweed, Hawkbits, Ragwort and Mayweed.
Longhorn cattle, used by the Yorkshire Wildlife trust to graze on nature reserves
Sand hopper, it quickly buried itself in the sand
Mating Robber flies
- Black-headed Gull
- Common Gull
- Common/Arctic Tern
- Feral Pigeon
- Herring Gull
- House Martin
- House Sparrow
- Lesser Black-backed Gull
- Ringed Plover
- Sand Martin
- Sandwich Tern