Monday, 11 February 2013

Ratty with a Wren, a Kingfisher and Long-tailed tit

Water Vole, Arvicola amphibius
On Saturday it drizzled throughout a SusSAR search near Arundel. I saw some interesting tree carvings and noticed quite a few Scarlet Elf Cup fungi growing in the leaf litter. 

Scarlet Elf Cup, Sarcoscypha coccinea
On Sunday heavy rain lasted all day but this afternoon I escaped to Arundel after lunch when the snow flurries had stopped. I found Ratty in his usual territory by Mill Road, then did a tour of the Wildlife and Wetland Trust. The Kingfisher flew in front of me from the left of the Sand Martin Hide. The flock of Long-tailed Tits put in an appearance on the Reed Bed board walk.
Black-necked Swan, Cygnus melancoryphus
 This cob was guarding the nest site and extending his neck a lot to ward off potential threats.

unidentified ducks by Mill Road
are they domestic Mallards?
Barrow's Goldeneye, Bucephala islandica, juvenile male
Barrow's Goldeneye, Bucephala islandica, female
Barrow's Goldeneye, Bucephala islandica, male
Egyptian Geese, Alopochen aegyptiacus
Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus, female
Long-tailed tit, Aegithalos caudatus
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus

Pintail, Anas acuta, female
Pintail, Anas acuta, male
Ringed Teal, Callonetta leucophrys
Water Vole, Arvicola amphibius
I finally got some decent swimming shots

Wood Duck, Aix sponsa
Wood Ducks, Aix sponsa and a male
Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus
Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes
Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes

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