Besides the tern!

Having already posted the highlight of the weekend, which came in the form of the first Gull-billed Tern for Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire, there was plenty more on offer for those that put the time in.

A small number of Little Gulls Larus minutus appeared throughout the weekend with up to 5 noted on Saturday, 3-6 birds on Sunday and 16 individuals moved through D reservoir on Monday.

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Ten species of wader were also logged. The storm of Saturday dropping 2 Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus, several Greenshank T nebulaaria, a few Redshank T totanus, with flyover Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus post storm and a Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula pre-storm making up the highlights.

Some movement on the raptor front kept the totals ticking over. The highlight being an Osprey Pandion haliaetus which appeared over O res during the onset of the Saturday’s storm, two or three Marsh Harriers Circus aeruginosus moved through over the weekend, with repetition of birds seen on Sunday and Monday. A juvenile Peregrine Falco peregrinus took delight in chasing anything it could around the D res area on Monday, while a Hobby F subbuteo hurtled south during the afternoon.

A Crossbill Loxia curvirostra and 99 Swallow Hirundo rustica the trickle of passage on Monday, while 34 Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus graellsii moving through the site is a number not often encountered in the roost.

Limited odonata spotting over the weekend, Saturday’s count abruptly halted with the onset of the storm, and cloud on Monday put pay to any thought of bothering to look.

After the fantastic array of species encountered last weekend, moth trapping took on an autumnal feel this week, with little caught. This good looking Acleris may well be laterana or comariana . Fortunately, a Bradley number for the laterana/comariana problem saves on dissection! A good looking moth all the same.

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