Sunday, 26 June 2011


Not a word often said out loud seriously inland, but shouted at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire, for the first time since 1998 on Saturday. The picture above, is from records available to me, only the 5th ever Shark, attracted to light, and trapped on site!

Amazing how despite the three decades or so of moth trapping, some species are so elusive, yet are possibly there all the time. Certainly on par with last week's Lime Hawkmoth, and to be honest, a proper good moth. A tick for the regulars, and the first I've seen since living in coastal Suffolk in 1996.

The best of the rest in the traps included a Gothic, Barred Straw, Ghost Moth and the first Eyed-Hawkmoths of the year.

It was quite a good birding day too, with 3 Crossbills, a '1st summer' Med Gull and a '1st summer' Little Gull through the site early-afternoon, with a '2nd summer' Little Gull on site late-afternoon, and the odd Hobby sighting.

The iffy weather of late has allowed us some fungi interest. Found some nice Pholiota flammans and Common Inkcap last weekend, but this cracking Common Stinkhorn was a surprise.

The poor weather means little on the odontata front, a low count involved only 2 Emerald Damselfly, 2 Four-spotted Chaser and 4 Southern Hawkers to note amongst the sundries... disappointing numbers for late June.

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