Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Cloud isn't always bad

Midweek days off once again, and after the brightness of the weekend, overcast and cooler conditions.

However, cloudy nights keep the temperatures up and with Monday night overcast, almost 100 moths were in the traps at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire. Obviously, the species encountered were typical March fare, but some fresh Engrailed and Hebrew Characters brightened the catch among the numerous Clouded Drab.

The best of the catch being Tophill's 5th Caloptilia stigmatella, the other four being trapped in 2011.

Birding wise, it was the regulars. The long-staying Short-eared Owls showed well at the north end and one of the 1st winter Hen Harriers was in the area both Tuesday and Wednesday. Four Lesser Redpolls around the lagoons showed well on Tuesday, but the dwindling gull roost failed to turn up anything of interest.

Having scrolled through my Short-eared Owl record shots, click here to see Tony McLean's recent stunning owl images from the north end of Tophill.

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