Monday, 20 February 2012

Feels like summer time... well almost!

After the snow, and with temperatures rising, only one decision can be made... begin summer habits!

With moths traps out for the first night this year at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire, the summer season commenced, albeit with wooly hats and gloves! Two lights attracted a few moths, including several Pale Brindled Beauty, a single Satellite and a couple of Agonopterix heracliana... among the numerous empty egg boxes!

Pale Brindled Beauty above and Satellite below

Agonopterix heracliana

During 2011, we recorded just under 300 species, both attracted to light and during weekly field surveys, despite not it not being the greatest of summers... maybe during 2012 we can crack 300 species.

Birding turned up a few bits including 2 Smew, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, a Marsh Harrier flew south and the regular 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was in the roost both Saturday and Sunday evening. The latter night seeing a few Pink-footed Geese around the site and the Egyptian Goose putting in another appearance. For the full week's Tophill news, click here.

The variety of fungi seen recently has dwindled. This Turkeytail at the south end of the site the best fungi spectacle we could find on view.

Ladybirds! Something I've not made an issue of on my blog. However, some notes have been taken to form a list for Tophill Low and we are up to 8 or 9 species now.

Showing well yesterday was this one of many Coccinella 7-punctata L . Easy to spot. Already on the list!

But then this Adalia 2-punctata , albeit common, was the first one Doug Fairweather and myself have noted seeing on site in over 10 years of visiting.

Time to awaken from winter slumbers! New season is about to kick in.

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