The first week of May saw a good diversity of species move through Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire. Often overlooked in favour of looking at the wetlands, Swift Apus apus have moved through on some days with 1272 south early morning on May 6th and 300 south during the afternoon on the 10th.
Other passage migrants included a stunning Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix present on the 5th and 6th, which showed well at times, while waders on the move featured a Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii on the 8th and 1+ Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola on the 9th. Both species were noted on the rejuvenated South Marsh East at times, which also played host to a Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa on the latter date, with occasional Lapwing Vanellus vanellus also attracted to the marsh. For more news from Tophill click here.
Sporadic Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus sightings included three on the 10th, with occasional Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos moving through. A Hobby Falco subbuteo moved through high south on the 6th, two Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea dropped in briefly late-afternoon on the 9th before flying north, while Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava numbers remained low, with just single figure counts noted.
The slow-starting Odonata season finally sprung into life with the first three figure count of Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula occurring on the 11th, when the first Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella and Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans of the new season were also seen. A Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense was found on the 12th, with the first Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum noted on the same date. For the latest Yorkshire Odonata news, click here.
On the moth front, a Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa was the highlight of recent trapping, while the first Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana, one of the commonest and most easily visible micro-moths at Tophill, were noted from the 10th.