23rd Dec

Most of the interest was offshore or on the beach where the Glaucous Gull was showing very well through the day. The first-winter Caspian Gull was seen again and was joined by two second-winter birds at the fishing boats and also two Yellow-legged Gulls. Further offshore, five Great Skuas passed through and over 300 Guillemots were lingering.


Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus   Dungeness   23rd December 2017

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   first-winter   Dungeness   23rd December 2017
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans  (1)   first-winter   Dungeness   23rd December 2017

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans   second-winter (2)   Dungeness    23rd December 2017

Whilst filling up the bird feeders in the trapping area yesterday we came across this attractive fungi. It is Chondrostereum purpureum and appears to be a new species for the recording area. 



Chondrostereum purpureum   Dungeness   23rd December 2017
I went out again today to take photographs of the above and then also found this small fungus growing out of the same tree stump. I think this is Xylaria hypoxylum and this also appears to be a new species for the Observatory recording area.

Xylaria hypoxylum   Dungeness   23rd December 2017