here; but the edited highlights were:
2 mediterranean gull
Yellow legged gull, 2 mediterranean gull and 1600 herring gull
And the kumlien's gull - a new Tophill ssp. tick and likely the Barmston bird driven inland by the storms
Glaucous gull, med gull
Med gull x 2
Med gull x 3 and lesser black backed gull
Lesser black backed gull and med gull
med gull x 2
29th, 30th and 31st Dec
Med gull nightly
The best of the rest over Christmas included up to three pintail and up to two scaup - thanks to Bruce Pillinger for this one:
blog for the welcome return of a long awaited new batch of photos from Watton NR too!
A welcome new addition to the Tophill Low list was this spruce cone bug Gastrodes abietum found and identified by Doug Fairweather:
They were quickly relocated:
All's well that ends well - needless to say they have been dishonourably discharged back to Beswick; Their work effectively done anyway for this year.
We'll be heaping some old hawthorn bushes in front of the fence to try and avoid this imponderably unlikely occurrence from happening again. These being the same breed who refuse to walk over the 2 foot deep ditch at Hempholme! They will be back again likely earlier in the season this time to control Hempholme's spring growth to make better lapwing habitat.
Hopefully the otters will be happier with their home; Thanks to Roy Vincent for these shots of the volunteer gang who have been 'mucking in' to bring the structure to near completion now - Mike builds up the holt chamber using surplus blocks from the new toilets:
One of the twin entrance pipes being installed - again from recycled materials
Air vent on left (we don't want damp problems!). Camera capability on the right:
So it's all to look forward to in 2014; And if you getting the post Christmas blues don't worry - gorse in flower and its downhill all the way now to summer...