Diverse autumnal selection

Wildfowl D res, Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Increasing Wigeon Anas penelope numbers are a sign that cooler weather is on the way. This mixed flock of wildfowl on D res at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire a sign of things to come for the next few months.

As ever for me, its the gulls that take centre stage on D res and the 15,000 or so birds that appeared on Saturday evening included 2 Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus (including a new 2nd winter bird) and double-figures of Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus graellsii. By contrast, Sunday was completely different with only 6-8,000 larids on the reservoir by dark.

The moth trapping campaign is now starting to wind down as overnight temperatures fall. The best of haul was this December Moth Poecilocampa populi – a typical late-season species, though not trapped annually at Tophill Low NR, while yet another Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth was recorded.

December Moth Poecilocampa populi Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

A single Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta appeared during a brief period of sunlight on Saturday, while the various forms of Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis provided the only other insect interest.

The fungi season continues to tick over slowly, though Doug Fairweather and myself both found our first Suillus grevillei Larch Bolete of the year.

The selection of photographs below an insight into the species encountered.

Shaggy Inkcap Coprinus comatus Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Coprinus comatus Shaggy Inkcap

Handkea excipuliformis Pestle Puffball Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Handkea excipuliformis Pestle Puffball

Clitocybe nebularis Clouded Agaric Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Clitocybe nebularis Clouded Agaric

Sulphur Tuft Hypholoma fasciculare Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Hypholoma fasiculare Sulphur Tuft

Gymnopilus spp Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Gymnopilus spp possible deformed G. junonius Spectacular Rustgill

Coprinellus micaceus Glistening Ink Cap Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Coprinellus micaceus Glistening Inkcap

Probable Crepidotus spp Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Crepidotus spp Oysterling species.

Auricularia auricula-judae Jew's Ear Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Auricularia auricula-judae Jew’s War

Ascocoryne sarcoides Purple Jellydisc Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Ascocoryne sarcoides Purple Jellydisc

As ever, for the official round-up of reserve news, check out the official Tophill Low NR website.

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