Wildfowl movements at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire were very much in evidence during the third week of November, with the highlight being a vocal party of ten Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus which appeared on the 19th. The often elusive redhead Smew Mergellus albellus was present on Watton Nature Reserve on and off, but even this was eclipsed by the presence of 60+ Shoveler Anas clypeata on D reservoir – a number which hasn’t been noted often in recent times.
The D reservoir gull roost is proving to be hard work, but has still given up a few secrets including three Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus between 17th and 22nd, while the undoubted highlight was a first-winter Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans present late-afternoon on the 20th before it flew out east.
Despite the light trapping proving to be unproductive in cold weather, Coptotriche marginea became the 636th species to be added to the site moth list.
Photographed by Doug Fairweather, this species appears to be quite scarce this side of the Wolds (per Yorkshire Moths) with the majority of county records to the south and centre of the region.
A few fungi are still coming up and being recorded as new for the year – two of the weekend highlights being Grooved Bonnet Mycena polygramma and Grey Knight Tricholoma terreum.