Sunday, 26 September 2021

26th September 2021

A few more signs of autumn with a couple of skeins of Pinkfeet passing over the parish, 25 over Ainderby itself and more than 50 over Thrintoft. This was part of an exceptionally heavy movement through Yorkshire on Thursday.

The first Meadow Pipits have been back in the village for a week or more...

and there was a small movement of Teal along the river with five also seen on the Magic Garden pond. Surprisingly the first I’ve seen here.

A pair of Grey Wagtail were on the river, the first since early spring, and, after an exceptionally poor year for them, Kingfishers are being regularly seen again on the Swale. Blackcap still calling this morning and still numbers of Chiffchaffs about (including singing birds) but no other migrants seen.

John set up a couple of moth traps in The Hall last night, catching 129 moths of 20 species which is not too bad for the time of year. These included one new moth for Ainderby – Large Wainscot…

And two species that were only the second records for the village, Blair’s Shoulder Knot and this Brick…

The catch also included both Hawthorn and Birch Shieldbugs, the latter a new species for the parish.

Talking of shieldbugs, this little creature is a nymph of Pied Shieldbug which I found on Red Deadnettle on the path to Thrintoft.

This is a largely southern species but is another one which seems to be moving north. This represented  the most northerly Yorkshire record to date.

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