Sunday, 8 August 2010

It may be dark, but still lots to see

When trying to see anything in these conditions you might as well give up... darkness fell just after 4pm and this was the view from one of the hides at Tophill Low NR.

Even the 'Lone Wader' looked disappointed to be there - 'as did Doug Fairweather and myself'! Actually this, and another Greenshank popped in to avoid the weather. Another Greenshank was on the River Hull calling constantly near the car park and 3 Snipe were encountered during the day. I guess that makes 6 waders!

Showing well, a Greenshank in the dark

But the darkness is great... the lights were out on Friday night and lots of moths were attracted.

On working out on scarcity order, attracted to the light...

Straw Underwing - from records to hand, the first one since 1992.

Scalloped Hook-tip - this appears to be the first record since 2003.

Bordered Beauty - after the first record in 2006 two were found in the traps, perhaps the less than 10 records of this rather attractive species.

Another species not often trapped is the Gold Triangle

On the target trapping front, two Twin-spotted Wainscot were caught.

And as the season progresses, some of the more attractive moths are on the wing with both Purple Thorn...

and the amazing Canary-shouldered Thorn encountered.

Another sign of the autumn is the appearance of the Red Underwing, which are typically found on any building.

And least I forget, there was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the car park.

Perhaps showing an increase in number at the site is the Brown Argus. These two photographed when not many years ago seeing two was an event! They obviously still survive close by, albeit in small numbers and the ones encountered are the ones wanting to expand the range.

The weather ensured not many dragonflies could be seen. The count was rather unremarkable, apart from the Emerald Damselfly:- 25 Emerald Damselfy, 3 Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, 3 Migrant Hawker, 3 Common Darter and 30 Ruddy Darter.

And for the keen eyes... only one Longhorn... Ruptela maculata.

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