Mothtastic conditions

Humid and damp conditions overnight Friday provided the perfect scenario for a bumper moth haul in the traps at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire. Almost 90 species encountered, including many firsts for the year.

The catch yielded 3 new species, including Endotricha flammealis.

1424 Endotricha flammealis, Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire, August 2012

The opening Mediterranean Gulls Larus melanocephalus of the autumn appeared on D reservoir late afternoon Sunday. The trickle of wader passage continued involving 8 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus and 28 Snipe Gallinago gallinago on Saturday, while Sunday saw a Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola south and up to 6 Greenshank Tringa nebularia in the area. Raptor movements were limited, with only 3 Buzzards Buteo buteo and a single female Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus moving south through Sunday. A wing-tagged Marsh Harrier was seen by another observer Saturday, and may have been the bird seen distantly flying west on August 10th north of Hempholme Meadow. News on that can be found on Richard Hampshire’s official Tophill blog.

Disappointingly, the hot, humid and cloudy weather didn’t provide the best conditions for Odonata. Although 10 species were noted, it became clear very quickly that there was little at water, and little more to see away from it!


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