Is this the end of the rain?

One wonders if summer is actually here or whether this will be just a temporary halt to the wet weather that has blighted the last few weeks.

Back at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire today and it provided good diversity, albeit numbers continue to be low.

A couple of Greenshank Tringa nebularia and a lone Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus continue the trickle of wader migration, while a Crossbill Loxia curvirostra heading south made up the best of the birding records.

The sunny weather also prompted the use of a notebook to record Odonata with 10 species encountered. It seems a long time since I saw any number at water, but today turned up 14 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata and 25 Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum. A good search failed to yield any Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa, but a small total of Sympetrum have emerged involving a minimum of 32 Common Darter S. striolatum and 20 Ruddy Darter S. sanguineum on the wing. The large dragonflies seem to be having a bad season with only 5 Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea and 3 Brown Hawker A. grandis noted.


Only two moth traps were operated overnight, attracting 40 species. The highlight being a Dog’s Tooth Lacanobia suasa –  the first trapped for a number of years. Frustratingly, it decided to vanish before being photographed!

This stunning Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides was easily the most attractive of the species in the overnight haul.

The bright sunshine also brought out a few Four-banded Longhorn Beetles Leptura quadrifasciata, this one of the individuals that posed on flowers not being blown about in the gusty wind.


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