Radulomyces delight as Phalarope excites

Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2014

Delighting many over the week, this Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius has been gracing Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire since last Tuesday. At times proving difficult to see hiding under the walls, patience on a foggy Saturday paid dividends as it eventually showed well for short while, before returning to feed along the base of D reservoir wall, and being viewable only from the southern end of the site.

Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2014

Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2014

The bird was still present on Sunday evening, but was proving difficult to see. The gull roost held an adult Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus on the 15th, with a 1st winter bird present on the 16th. The numbers in the gull roost varies – only 6,000 birds roosted on former date, whilst 11,000 were present the evening after. As ever, for all the latest news, check out the official Tophill Low NR website.

Usually found at the top of Oak Quercus, warden Richard Hampshire noticed this fungi during the ongoing management work in D wood.

Radulomyces molaris Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2014

Radulomyces molaris Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2014

Photographed by Doug Fairweather and identified as Radulomyces molaris, checking relevant websites, it appears the only other Yorkshire record listed relates to a specimen at Malham, North Yorkshire with records to the north coming from Scotland, whilst from Nottinghamshire southwards it becomes more abundant.

Winter Moth Operophtera brumata is a species that has rarely been encountered at Tophill. The site’s 18th individual since records began back in 1992 was noted on November 15th, increasing the 2014 year list to 430 species.

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