Friday, 29 November 2013

November update

The month has passed with little chance to get out into the field for any great amount of time. Bird numbers seem to be low with a high count of just 200 fieldfares on the 28th when there was also a flock of 100+ Siskins in the lakeside Alders. The 14th produced a flock of 34 Lesser Redpolls and there has also been the odd Brambling seen.
                                                 Distant  Brambling
The first Goosander (a drake) of the winter appeared on the 22nd but the lake itself has been very quiet with just the odd pair of Mandarin to brighten it up plus a Little Grebe appearing a few times and on Thursday 27th a Grey Wagtail and 2 Kingfishers.
On Sunday 24th I had some great views of a female Lesser Spot through the scope but unfortunately we were on different sides of the lake.
I did photogragh a couple of interesting fungi earlier in the month:-
                                                  Orange Peel fungus?
Stagshorn fungus?
Hope I've got them right. Perhaps someone could let me know if I haven't.