Saturday, 30 October 2010

Rough-legged Buzzard... at long last

Finally connected with a Rough-legged Buzzard today... been for a few and missed so it was rather nice to 'find' one of my own. One sat on the fenceposts on the Tophill Low NR approaches between the entrance and Easingwold Farm with a Common Buzzard took flight before the camera could come out. After a short disappearance it reappeared briefly heading north towards Decoy Wood. Might have seen a few but at last connected with one in Yorkshire. Raptor species number 22 or 23 for the month (Southwest Portugal write up still in progress!) Due to the amount of shooting, maybe this was the bird that has been reported from Leven Carrs on the pager several times this week.

Other than that, birding was quiet with a flyover Brambling and 2 Mediterranean Gulls in the roost the only other birds of note.

Still a few dragonflies on the wing... 7 Migrant Hawker and 21 Common Darter still surviving. Maybe some November records are available next week.

A couple of new species for myself for the season on the fungi front. Eyelash (top) and Shaggy Pholiota (below) are pictured.

I missed the moth trap fun... not much other than Green-brindled Crescent, one of the expected species for the time of year.

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