The cool weather fails to hold back the moth recording at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire. Epinotia immundana the first species of the year to be added to the sites Lepidoptera list during 2013. Albeit not the best picture, it needed potting for identification.
Moth trapping is really slow at the moment, but a few new species have appeared in recent days. Two Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi trapped over recent nights suggest the better overnight hauls are in the offing in the near future, while the best of the rest included the first Pale Prominent Pterosoma palpina of the year and Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata.
Noticeably, a few more day-flying micros are out including Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana, while during sunny periods Adela reaumurella have finally appeared.
Quieter on the birding front than earlier in the week. Two Hobby Falco subbuteo showed well on Friday around D res. However, the highlight was on Saturday when two Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii showed well on Watton Nature Reserve early evening. Pictures, and the round-up of the week’s events at Tophill Low NR can be found by clicking here.
The Odonata season continues to frustrate. The sunshine on Thursday allowed for count of 200+ Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula and a small count of Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, while 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans were found in windy conditions on Friday. A few species have taken to the wing this week with Variable Damselfly noted on the wing by Paul Ashton – as ever for the latest Odonata news, click on the sightings page of the Yorkshire BDS website.