Snow end of things to do!

After three birding days lost to snow (and 10 to work), it was nice to back in the field at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire today.

The only addition to the year list was a pair of Goosander Mergus merganser that dropped onto D reservoir pre-dusk. However, there were plenty of other birds to see including c150 Gadwall Anas strepera with this group below taking part in frenzied feeding throughout the afternoon. I’ve missed a few birds due to the snow and opting to stop in… so click here for the latest Tophill news.

Goosander Mergus merganser Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire January 2013

Gadwall Anas strepera Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire January 2013

Nothing notable could be found amongst the mass of roosting Laridae. It is proving to be a frustrating time after the 2011/12 winter period was the best in Tophill history. However, with roughly 10 weekends left before the commencement of Birding Summer Time, there is still a window of opportunity to pick out something good.

The snow has allowed time to enjoy the bad weather tasks! Moths of Sagres – Autumn 2012… here is Cymbalophora pudica, one of the easier to identify. I’ve plenty left to go at!

Cymbalophora pudica Sagres, Portugal October 2012

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