Changing times

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.

Coniophora puteana Wet Rot Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2013

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.

Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2013

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.

Willow Tit Parus montanus Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2013

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2013

Blue Tit Parus caerleus Tophill Low NR, Est Yorkshire April 2013

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!

Halyzia-16 guttata Orange Ladybird Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2013

Seven-spot Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2013


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