Beautys those Podiceps

Two full-summer Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis have been present at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire for a few days now. A welcome sight to see, given more recent records have involved autumn immature birds in recent years.

Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2015

Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2015

The first of the spring Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava flavissima appeared on April 12th, which also featured the first Osprey Pandion haliaetus of the year.

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava flavissima Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2015

Other highlights of late included the first Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus for many years over the Easter weekend, Red Kite Milvus milvus, the first numbers of hirundines of the spring migration, with numerous Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla and Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus also in by April 10th.

More typically, Little Egret Egretta garzetta can be seen with ease around the site nowadays – only 15 years ago it wasn’t on the list.

 Little Egret Egretta garzetta Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2015

As ever, for more Tophill news, check out the official website.

The 2015 moth trapping campaign continues at pace. A stunning Pine Beauty Panolis flammea was taken at light – only the 14th record site record – and a Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus was the 9th site record – found whilst watching one of the Bearded Tits!!! And to prove we don’t just photograph the good moths, Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta is one of the most common species of the current period.

Pine Beauty Panolis flammea Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2015

Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2015

Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2015

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