28 November, 2023

30 Seconds Of Joy

Oh, behave.

Firstly, something atmospheric,

After the fun stuff, the sunshine.
[Sort of]

To the biggie;

Hope's Nose, Top Dell, 1042 on Sunday and at very long last all that Patch-bashing I've been doing paid off with a very active [though when are they not?] Yellow-browed Warbler, foraging along the Back Wall before vanishing behind the Olive Tree* while I was getting the news out. [Yes, I really ought to start paying more attention to this blog by going for camera first and phone second, but well....]

It didn't call [though assorted Robins and Wrens weren't helping] but was so bright that I wondered if it wasn't a Pallas' at first. Sadly a good view of the top of the head - while it eyed up its next victim - showed that it wasn't [no crown stripe] and said brightness ruled out Humes' [which are famously dull, though you really need the call to ID one as some YBWs can be very Humes'-looking].
This was on my way out, having undergone a surprise seawatch - after arriving to find unforecast stiff wind and sideways dizzle - and then confirming not only continued presence of 4 Eider and 10+2 Common Scoter, but fixing them as 1 2w, 2 1w males and a female type [too far to be sure, still] with some good light scope views at a distance that only gave photos like this

3 out of 4 by a buoy
2w m top left, f left,
a 1w m to right
Yes, 2w as if older he'd be moulting into adult basic plumage by now. He looks like he's wearing a black suit with white shirt and white scarf. :)

Also, a few Grey Seals on Thatcher Rock.

How many seals?

That's six Grey Seals.

Yes, six. There's a pale one behind a dark one, side-on on the left.

Did I say seawatching weather?

For 40 minutes it was promising

Then the vis lifted

Exit good stuff, stage right, 
enter sunshine, stage left.

Also on camera,

A scattering of Guilles 
on the Ore Stone

Just a few.

Right, seawatch numbers.

Glonk Cormer, 1hr

Auks [95%+ Razorbill]                                                 1007
Gannet                                                                             148
Kittiwake                                                                         165
Fulmar                                                                               2
C Scoter                                                                            4/7
Pom Skua [light m, ad, 0858]                                           1
GND                                                                                  2
Med Gull                                                                           2
Com Gull                                                                          13
BHG                                                                                 5/2
[Note, probable L Auk, 0848§]

[§ Overtaken by large auk group I was clicking through, I kept clicking, went back to confirm... but couldn't refind. There were a fair few rather small juvenile Razorbill in and amongst, but this stuck out.    Bugger.]

861 of those auks were in the first half hour, about 15 in the last 20 minutes! Big groups, a right pain to click, but impossible to count without; real fun! Also keeping an eye for extras within, as big winter auk passages can carry all sorts of goodies. Not that I got anything [just...], but you have to look!

Also a Grey Seal off Longquarry, making 7 in the area.

As well as a small siberian, at least 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and a Song Thrush were in the Top Dell area.

It's perhaps inevitable I had to leave sharp due to an ill-advised committment to work [well, the forecast wasn't great even the day before, let alone earlier in the week...]. The Teacher went along later in the day but couldn't connect with the Yellow brow, though he did get a storm petrel sp. passing by, so swings and roundabouts.!

The day before... Is another post!

[And no, I haven't forgotten about that Yet More Fungi and Stuff Post. It is coming......]

Be Seeing You...

[[Yes, it's actually a Holme Oak or something, evergreen and tree-y, but I call it that because a) I'm me, and b) I hope if I do it for long enough, eventually an Olive Tree Warbler will appear in it.**]]
[[** What? I'm allowed to dream.***]]
[[*** Anyways, it'll be Summoned by The Artefact ::Ominous Chanting:: while I'm at work, just you wait and see.....]]

23 November, 2023

They're Heeeeere! [Wait, Have I Done That Before?]

Finally a little variety at the Nose.

Except for all the Little Gulls. And the storm petrels [that's plural species :D ].
Try again.
Finally wintering species arrive.

Apart from all the GNDs. And we've had Redwing [ok, The Teacher has had Redwing]


Ok, finally some more wintering species have turned up.
Yep, that works.


Adult male, folks!

And what a stunner, too.


Viewed despite a slightly howling gale beside Teacher and Son [I suspect The Artefact ::Ominous Chanting:: may have drawn the Blackstart out..]

Also Summoned, on Saturday four and on Sunday no less than five Eider out at the Buoy Farm [with 27 Common Scoter nearby]


Five not so little ducks in a row

Yes, that is an adult male in the middle. Immature male on right, 1w male centre right, female types on left.

Scoter pics are even worse, but there was some passage also and five came in close [very briefly]

Teasing things, they were

Also heading south,

GND passing Ore Stone

With at least 17 sat about on the sea,



More than one in shot

Still the odd

Med Gull

amongst the BHGs and Common Gulls.

Three Grey Seals

Up to five in the area.

On Sunday, a juvenile Swallow in/off and on Saturday 195+ Guillemot on the Ore Stone ledges were of interest.

Two hours [separated by a call to the Eider] seawatching from Glonk Corner on Saturday gave

Gannet S                                              29/12
Gannet N                                               4/5
Kittiwake S                                           1/17
Razorbill S                                           27/2
Guillemot S                                          20/2
Com Scoter S                                         5/0 [though 5 more post watch; see above!]
GND S                                                   0/1 [see above]

Earlier on Saturday, while I railed against gravity, The Teacher had had a Long-tailed Duck past S along with more Common Scoter and 3 scoter sp. [due to gunk, mist, and so on]. Drat and so forth.

Less mobile sightings from the two days will follow in their own [rather more colourful] post directly.
Here's hoping that a) that LTD hangs about the area into next year, b) so do those scoter sp., c) the Eider do too and also come over to the Lead Stone. [The Harbour Entrance - like Eider used to do in The Good Old Days - would be even better, but, well, there's hopes and dreams, aren't there..]

Lots of hope, but hey.

Be Seeing You...

20 November, 2023

All That Fun gi You Were Missing Out On

Now that I can post photos again, I'm going to do just that.

I might even add some IDs
[and they might even be vaguely accurate. Though only might...  ;) ]

[[Don't bother trying to escape, Minion is ready with the restraints]]

Let us begin with a few I noticed whilst yomping about t'Moor.

Heath Waxcap

Butter Waxcap

Meadow Waxcap

Pink Waxcap

Crimson Waxcap

Not a waxcap
[Entoloma conferendum]

Heath Navel

Grassland Puffball

Mosses and Lichens!!


H. helobia

H. reidii

Ah, but these waxcaps are on Patch!


H. persistens
[rather late]

Meadow Waxcap


Ok, slightly greater than expected absence of IDs going on there, though most if not all have been up here before [with possibly even the right ID attached..?], but there is a slight temporal issue ongoing, so I decided to post first and ID later maybe.
I can state that they are not all waxcaps and not all at the Nose and do so with confidence. [[Beyond that, however...]]

Something slightly saner may ensue in the possibly near future, though I wouldn't count on it too strongly.

Oh yes, but before we part [and those nasty restraints are removed].


Right there.

That black thing right in the middle there is a Stormie, south of the Ore Stone and buggering off at speed.

Here it is in front of said Stone,

Below the white water, wing raised, white rump
visible behind it even with this graininess.

I've never even hit a Stormie before.

Closer to,

Look at all that black!
2w Med Gull

It's so much easier shooting a much bigger bird coming towards you at 1/4 the distance when it isn't raining.

Ok, letting you go now.

[Minion, you can release the eye clamps and unbolt the shackles, they'll work them loose soon enough]

Be Seeing You...

15 November, 2023

A Little More Fun At The Nose

A significant absence of wind put the scuppers on a planned seawatch attack at the Nose on Sunday [seawatching Remembrance Sunday is almost a tradition].

I eventually figured that while the weather wasn't going to play ball, there might be small things of a potentially stripey nature that aren't Firecrests to be had and headed out to look for them.

A text from The Teacher had me shift pace and Go to the Nose, Go Directly to the Nose, Do not chase that tit band, but instead see another adult Little Gull!

In, on and about the slick, showing wonderfully, and yes there are pictures

So cute

White Winger!

Different White Winger

Not so white in the wings-er

Also at least 4 Med Gulls, with 4+ Common and 76+ BHGs. 3 GNDs were spread out on the sea and a Grey Seal popped up from under it.

On shore, Goldcrest numbers were markedly up on previous visits, with a group encountered on the way up at the Wryneck Bit having at least one Firecrest with them.

Still nothing funkier ashore, though.

EDIT: Wednesday saw the first Blackstart found by The Irregulars' BR specialist MP.

Also, first Redwings of Autumn heard overhead at Work Tuesday.

Ah, 'tis rough without pictures, isn't it? Not even any pretty funguses for you...

Ashen Knight



[Victory! :D ]

Just tried that on the offchance.

I shall be Updating Up There, as well as putting a few other things up.

Just one Little Thing? [Uncropped, too]

Even sat down, it
never stopped moving!

Be Seeing You...

[[* Two birds involved, as shown by head patterning. ]]