Saturday, 17 September 2011

Stuff to see... but a lot of effort required

Typical summer Saturday... occasional showers, sunny spells, plenty of wind.

Tophill Low, East Yorks, once again the destination for some moth trapping fun. Highlight of the day perhaps summed it up

Depressaria heraclei aka Parsnip Moth. Depress(ing) was perhaps rather apt for the day... lots of hard leg work for little reward! Still, probably a new species for the site, not one that will live long in the memory!

The moth trapping typical for September with few moths, but the traps did include the first Large Wainscot and Chestnut of the season, Beautiful China-mark was the first in the traps this summer and a several Burnished Brass brighten proceedings.

Two species typical for the time of year - Frosted Orange and Pink-barred Sallow - below

Birding wise it was not a bad day. Despite little being on the deck, the 'viz mig' involved 29 Dunlins, 15 Meadow Pipits, 9 Skylarks and a Redpoll spp thru by 10am, while BoPs involved 5 Marsh Harriers thru 10am-6pm, 1+ Hobby and a Buzzard (the 3 local birds also present). Larids lacked in number, though a 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull appeared on D early-evening as the gulls built up, prior to moving south.

The dragonfly numbers, rather impressive compared to recent weeks. Below, one of the 4 Ruddy Darters still to be found.

Damselflies appear to have finished for the season, 49 Migrant Hawkers, 2 Southern Hawkers and 125 Common Darters the best of the rest.

Not much else to write about... fungi was pretty dull, inverts not much better... spent too much time looking a galls on leaves... maybe some pictures to come!

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