A Starling or two

 

A few photos from a recent visit to a cold and misty Leighton Moss. A rare opportunity to try the camera out at ISO 6400 – but it was really, really cold …………..

Surprised to see a group of 6 Red Deer grazing in the fields close to Leighton Hall. Probably mistaken the gloomy conditions for dusk.

Plenty of mixed groups of Tits feeding along the woodland edge with several Treecreepers and Goldcrest to be found. Higher up in the crown of the Alders encouraging to see a couple of large groups of Siskins.

Jelly Ear – one of the more common woodland fungi to be found in late winter. Older books refer to it rather cruelly as Jew’s Ear.

Marsh Harrier quartering the reedbeds (probably an immature/1st winter male).

Incredible to see how successful Marsh Harriers have been in recent years. It doesn’t seem that long ago when they were restricted to being summer migrants. Whilst a number are still thought to fly south recent mild winters have allowed a resident population to be established. This population is thought to have originated from the low countries with the birds flying west to escape the harsher weather.

Marsh Tit in the Alder Carr close to Lower Hide

Not a Bearded Tit 🙂

A good crop of Scarlet Elf Cups on rotting wood close to the Eric Morecambe hide.

 

Just a few Starlings coming into roost from outside the Grizedale Hide.

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