Easter Monday saw the weekend run of goods birds at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire continue. A Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis showed briefly on O res briefly around lunchtime, while a full-summer Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis appeared on D res remaining until Saturday. The almost full-summer Red-necked Grebe P. grisegena remained on O res up until late Sunday evening at least. The best of the pictures can be seen here on the official Tophill Low NR website.
Away from the colourful… one of a number of recent species Doug Fairweather has added to the fungi list was this Coniophora puteana Wet Rot which has been present on a tree in D Wood for while now.
This Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta probably doesn’t look much, but it is a sign that things are looking up mothwise. This one of six trapped overnight Friday in a haul that included six Hebrew Character O. gothica, while a Drinker Philudoria potatoria caterpillar was found on Sunday. A Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae was also noted on Sunday.
With Sunday proving relatively quiet birdwise, time was spent around the feeders in D Wood with the camera. Many of the tits can be found in better photographic positions than on a feeder so the opportunity was taken to play with the camera. A couple of Willow Tit Parus montanus were displaying in the area, while the reported Marsh Tit P. palustris also put in a brief appearance, albiet too brief for the camera. A Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla briefly broke into song while several singing Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita are a welcome arrival.
The arrival of the odd singing summer migrant isn’t the only sign of change. Several Halyzia-16 guttata Orange Ladybird were found on Saturday, while only a single Seven-spot Coccinella 7-punctata was noted, despite lots of searching.
It might still be chilly, but the best time of the year has started!