Scarlet delights in early January

Scarlet Elf Cup Sarcoscypha austriaca Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire January 2015

January traditionally sees the delightful Scarlet Elf Cup Sarcoscypha austriaca appear in the woodlands of Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire. A stunning carpet of red cups littering the woodland floor during a quiet period in the fungi season.

However, eagerness to add to the species total means hard work goes on looking – Doug Fairweather finding this Split Porecrust Schizopora paradoxa which was new to the Tophill site list in mid-January.

Split Porecrust Schizopora paradoxa Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire January 2015

Despite the cold temperatures, moth recording continues – Mompha epilobiella can be found if you look hard enough.

The Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca, female Scaup Aythya marila and Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina lingered during the early part of the month, with the occasional Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus providing interest in the gull roost.

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Buzzard Buteo buteo Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire January 2015

Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarrellii Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire January 2015

 

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