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Monday, 26 March 2012

Week ending Sunday 25th

The reasonable weather was a forerunner of what to expect this coming week.  The pools at Allerton were drying up and the movement of gulls through was very hit and miss, with larger gulls barely in double figures and counts varying between a couple of hundred gulls and nil!  

A Chiffchaff, my first summer migrant, was heard singing in the riverside willows at Langthorpe  With much of the rest of the country bathed in decent temperatures, being on the edge of the Vale of York meant the usual low-lying radiation fog, which took ages to burn off during the day, keeping the temperatures down.  Still, managed a couple of nights out trapping, one night at Pilmoor, and a couple of days later at nearby Sessay Wood, rather eerily in the fog....  A total in excess of 550 moths of at least 16 species was a good return, with Small Quaker seemingly doing exceptionally well this spring.
Mottled Grey
Common Quaker
Twin-spotted Quaker

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