Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Another night trapping, yet more additions to the list

Friday night saw the five lights out once again at Tophill Low NR in East Yorkshire.

As ever, five traps in several habitats are likely to include a variety of species, and two more new ones were added to the site list on Saturday morning when they were emptied.

This new micro, Epinotia nisella f. decorana, was photographed and identified by Doug Fairweather.

Also new was this Chevron, which was 'forced' to pose in a pot.

Other goodies included this Pinion-streaked Snout, photographed by Doug in the lagoons.

While this Brown China-mark posed well for my camera.

Both Bulrush and Twin-spotted Wainscot were in the reedbed traps. Other noteworthy species included an Iron Prominent, 3 Dark Sword-grass, 2 Orange Swift and 2 Sallow Kitten, while a Buff Footman was unexpected and a good count of Gold Spot was unusual. The rest of the species included the first Sallows of the season and other autumnal sundries. A total of around 314 Setaceous Hebrew Character ensured the counting took a while.

Iron Prominent

On the birding front, singles of both Green Sandpiper, Greenshank and Snipe, while 2 Buzzards moved north over and a Marsh Harrier was over Watton Carrs late afternoon.

A total of 31 Mistle Thrush were counted on the main Yorkshire Water building and lawns and a Spotted Flycatcher was on the fences around the lagoons.

Finally, to ensure it was another full day, the regular dragonfly transect turned up: - 31 Common Blue Damselfly, 6 Emerald Damselfly, 3 Brown Hawker, 3 Southern Hawker, 73 Migrant Hawker, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 40 Common Darter and 44 Ruddy Darter.

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