Chorlton Water Park

Male Scaup at Chorlton Water Park
A few highlights from a couple of hours spent on the local patch. Seems like a long time ago when up to 400 Pochard descended on Chorlton Water Park during the winter months. Unfortunately in recent years the numbers have fallen dramatically to circa 50. It does however make finding the occasional Scaup far easier.
Scaup
 Don’t think I’ll be winning any photo competitions with this one. For a brief moment the Scaup fell asleep and drifted out from beneath the overhanging vegetation before waking up and rapidly swimming back into cover.
Male Bullfinch
 Male Bullfinch across the river in Kenworthy Wood enjoying the rapidly swelling buds on the Blackthorn and Willow. Great to see a family party of 7 birds feeding together.
Male Hazel catkins in Kenworthy Wood
 Plenty of male catkins appearing on the Hazel. Normally a couple of weeks ahead of the tiny red female flowers that later develop into nuts.
 Jelly Ear fungus  Turkeytail fungus
 Jelly Ear fungus on a dead Elder branch.  The common Turkeytail fungus on Blackthorn.
 Blackthorn flowers in early February  Gorse on the former Barlow Tip
 5th Feb and the first flowers appearing on the Blackthorn  Plenty opening up on the Gorse.

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