Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Festive birding

Freedom from the office means one thing... being outside!!!

It appears the/one of the Glaucous Gulls was reappeared on several nights the last week at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire, and a Caspian Gull was reported last Thursday in the roost, so I kind of had hopes Santa may drop in a festive surprise... six evenings gull roosting... best I can manage is a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull on the 27th! Still, five more evenings to go before the office calls!

Six afternoons looking over D res hasn't been too unproductive though with the Greenland White-fronted Goose among the Eurasian flock on Christmas Day and tonight (Wednesday), 2 Little Egrets on Boxing Day south at dusk and the drake Green-winged Teal finally appearing on the res on Tuesday (it got a glance at best!!!). And a supporting cast of Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owls, Barn Owls, coupled with the mild temperatures, has made life rather easy and pleasant.

Plenty of Winter Moths have been appearing in the headlights on leaving due to the mild evenings. This Grey-shoulder Knot found itself unable to hide from the camera on the 24th.

The fungi seems to have gone a bit quiet, but for fans of Myxomycetes, a little bit of Fuligo candida , photographed by Doug Fairweather.

Time off at Christmas is so much better without the snow!

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