Monday, 6 February 2012

Mixed Nuts

If the weather was nuts (which in a manner of speaking it is) then I'd have a full-on smorgasbord brimming with every conceivable shape, size and flavour. It’s been cold, warm, still, windy, rainy, sunny, cloudy, humid, dry and everything in-between, in near infinite combinations.

The birding has followed suit really with a few birds clearly suffering at times from the sudden cold snap while marked increases in waders like Ringed, Sanderling and Dunlin are clearly linked with the harsher mainland conditions.

A rare sight...Lower Moors frozen.

And some Teal at the same spot when it was alittle warmer (look at the cock!)

But from here on in it'll be megapics negligible words. Tired brain.

On wednesday, the coldest day last week these 2 Chiffchaff were clearly having trouble as were driven to feeding on short grass at '0 feet'. The paler one was pretty fit.

The cold also made this lovely sooty Black Redstart fairly obliging.

Had a look at the Dusky Warbler up at Harrys Walls which showed well but once again not for my camera....(top left of pic).

Spot the Dusky Warbler..answers on a postcard.

Another slightly easier spot the Dusky...

Common but sick. Orange honking thrush (Blackbird).

This single Dunlin was wonky sleeping down at Porthellick, cold snap relic.

Moths kicking off! Winter Moth remaining ironically still.

Conitinuing the mothy theme here's one of several interesting holes I found down Lower Moors whilst roaming amongst the sallow carr. Now to me they looked good for Lunar Hornet Moth exuvae but they seemed quite old and could be some mental beetle.

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