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.
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.
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!
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.
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.