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.
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.
Coprinus comatus Shaggy Inkcap
Handkea excipuliformis Pestle Puffball
Clitocybe nebularis Clouded Agaric
Hypholoma fasiculare Sulphur Tuft
Gymnopilus spp possible deformed G. junonius Spectacular Rustgill
Coprinellus micaceus Glistening Inkcap
Crepidotus spp Oysterling species.
Auricularia auricula-judae Jew’s War
Ascocoryne sarcoides Purple Jellydisc
As ever, for the official round-up of reserve news, check out the official Tophill Low NR website.