The early season moth trapping continues at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire. Three lights out on Friday night trapped a few moths including the first Common Quaker of the season. Agonopterix alstromeriana the only other new addition to the year list. A cold Monday night was less profitable with two traps turning up a lone Hebrew Character.
Saturday's birding turned up a Mediterranean Gull in the gull roost, this time an adult. Possibly a new bird for the winter, the most recent sightings being of 1st winters. A couple of Little Egrets and the wintering Smew the only other real highlights.
A rare bird on Tuesday was an Avocet, probably the first for a decade, show well on Watton Nature Reserve for most of the day. D res held up to 5 Goosander and a couple of adult Whooper Swans appeared and remained trumpeting until dusk, which saw 2-3 Short-eared hunting over the north end. Despite the day being bright and sunny, there was little in the way of inverts to find other than 7-spot Ladybirds.
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