Sunday, 30 January 2011

We did see Robin n Mick, and cups for Pixies and Elves

It was Saturday, hence back at Tophill Low NR. Now this doesn't bode well for this write up but the best photo of the day!

Well actually, it did get better! A few things to see, albeit none appeared close enough for good photos. A 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (Mick!) appeared in the D Res roost amongst c9000 larids, a little down on last week's count, and no sign of this dead obvious Glaucous Gull seen in the week. Hmmm.... our white-winged monopoly took a hit there!

So the rest, D played host to a White-fronted Goose and a drake Goosander, O res held a Pintail, a Brambling was in the car park, the odd Buzzard and Barn Owl flew past, while 4 Woodcock were flushed as sundries of the fungi hunt.

The best of which were some rather past their sell by date Oyster mushrooms

However, not all was lost. Lichens might be fun to play with as Doug Fairweather picked out this a Cladonia spp which may be Pixie Cup, on one of the log piles

and also Chlorociboria aeruginascens Green Elf Cup. The stained wood is more often discovered than the actual fruiting bodies. Apparently, looks rather good in pieces of carpentary!

Always something, just got to keep an eye out for the small detail!

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