Iceland delight as moth season goes full circle

Winter Moth Operophtera brumata Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire December 2013

Mild nights mean moths! It doesn’t matter what the season!!!!

It is December, but the 2013 trapping season continues. Nothing new for the year, both Winter Moth Operophtera brumata and Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria were recorded on January 3rd – the moth year has gone full circle.

Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire December 2013

Scaup Aythya marila Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire December 2013

The Scaup Aythya marila remains present on D res in the company of the numerous Tufted Duck  A. fuligula, though overall, wildfowl appears to be in short supply.

The evening gull roost once again provided the highlight of the day – 21,000 birds is always a spectacle!!! The appearance of a 2nd winter Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides was a welcome addition to the site year list – the first white-winger for around 18 months. The bird remained for 11 minutes and history suggests the chances of it returning are slim – only 2 or 3 white-wingers have returned the following night in Tophill history. The bird vanished among large larids flying south, presumably to roost on the River Humber.

A 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus appeared mid-afternoon. Presumably this is the bird that has roosted for the last three weeks, though another individual cannot be ruled out.

Gullmas is soon to begin!

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