Late April Early May

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

The end of April saw a good number of common migrants appear. Most of the summer species are now in at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire, but recent bird highlights for me included two Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flava amongst the flavissima Yellow Wagtails around D res at the end of the month, with several White Wagtail M. alba alba.

Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flava Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2013

Two Red Kite Milvus milvus flew north early evening on 27th April, with a different bird seen heading south the following evening. After three records in 13 years of visiting the site, it was rather bizarre to double the personal tally in just 24 hours. May Bank Holiday weekend though was decidedly quiet – though the Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris remained on D res, there was little movement of anything through the site other than the Cuckoo Cuculus canorus arrival. As ever, click here for the latest Tophill Low round-up.

Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

Five nights of moth trapping over the last two weekends proved more fruitful than earlier in the month. Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula and Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac providing a late spring feel to proceedings, while the Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria was a belated addition to the annual list. Run of the mill stuff, but signs that good times are just around the corner!

Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

The Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

The sunshine prompted plenty of butterflies onto the wing over the Bank Holiday weekend with eight species noted including a few Green-veined White Artogeia napi and the odd Comma Polygonum c-album.

Green-viened White Artogeia napi Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

Green-viened White Artogeia napi Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

Comma Polygonum c-album Tophill Low NR, East Yorlshire May 2013

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

37 Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma nymphula were counted on the first Saturday in May – this still the only species on the wing at the end of the Bank Holiday weekend. A rough count of up of exuvae revealed 70 had emerged from the water-bodies surveyed. Click  here for latest news on Yorkshire Odonata

The dry conditions continued to make fungi difficult to find – though predictably a small cluster of Sooty Cup Helvella leucomelaena were found.

Sooty Cup Helvella leucomelaena Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2013

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