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Houghen Plantation



























Bog Bead-moss (Aulacomnium palustre)



Dwarf Swan-neck Moss (Campylopus pyriformis)



Cladonia Sp cups







Heath Star-moss (Campylopus introflexus)



Oystering Sp (Crepidotus Sp)



Fungi Sp ?



Heath Plait-moss (Hypnum jutlandicum)



Jersey Cudweed (Gnaphalium luteoalbum)



Swan's-neck Thyme-moss (Mnium hornum)



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Tumid Notchwort (Lophozia ventricosa)





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Notched Pouchwort (Calypogeia arguta)





Fungi Sp & Sphagnum Sp





Overleaf Pellia (Pellia epiphylla)









Dense Haircap (Polytrichum commune)



Flat-topped Bog-moss (Sphagnum fallax)





Blunt-leaved Bog-moss (Sphagnum palustre)

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Bawdeswell Heath




















Blushing Bracket (Daedaleopsis confragosa)



Brown Roll Rim (Paxillus involutus)



Buttercap (Rhodocollybia butyracea)



Pinecone Cap (Strobilurus tenacellus)



Coral Spot Fungus (Nectria cinnabarina)



Heath Star-moss (Campylopus introflexus)



Cypress-leaved Plait-moss (Hypnum cupressiforme)



Jelly Disc (Ascocoryne sarcoides)



Southern Crestwort (Lophocolea semiteres)



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Mycenae Sp





Oystering Sp (Crepidotus Sp)



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Slime Mold Sp and Oysterling Sp





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Crisped/ Bruch's Pincushion (Ulota crispa?bruchii)





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Thornham













Twite (Linaria flavirostris)


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Hanworth

A very nice winter Chiffchaff in the garden today.



Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)

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Burnham Market

A rather amazing experience to take part in some canon netting
sponsored by the
Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies
Led by
Matthew Stone
with an accompanying cast of some very experienced Canon Netters, ringers, local landowners and others.
A brilliant two days.
Thank you











The changing face of the morning.





Ahh! Decoys



Todays catch.



All the records.





Almost got away!





The other important biometric- weight













You can just see the one juvenile tail feather - all broken and pin like on the left side of the tail.



Stage 2 squeeze!





Just beautiful!!!









Making sure there is no wet glue left on the outside of the ring to stick to the feathers.







And they were still flying overhead.







Cleaning the nets from the sugar beet stalks and then furling.













Yep. We're off.



A very happy man.
This one can be enlarged!
as can they all
if anyone wants a particular picture?



Now that's a net bag!



A wonderful man, who made it all happen, trying to snaffle the decoys.



An epic gallic reference.

Definitely

Obelix

(My apologies)



And the field is silent and calm.









The last four on their way.



XFN was held back by his handler but caught up with the others.



And this is what the fuss is about!





And the next ones please!

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Burnham Market

A rather amazing experience to take part in some canon netting
sponsored by the
Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies
Led by
Matthew Stone
with an accompanying cast of some very experienced Canon Netters, ringers, local landowners and others.
A brilliant two days.
Thank you







Pinkfeet coming in from the Holkham roost.





About 3000 geese



Giant bird bags AKA sacks tied securely at the top to prevent geese from breaking out.



Colour leg rings and radio trackers for nine of the geese.



Solar powered trackers that should give information for at least two years and possibly longer.



Coded neck rings for the other birds.



Each bird is a fitted with a BTO metal ring. This is the first part 'squeeze' of a three part 'squeeze' for closing this size of ring.



The second 'squeeze'
Notice the pliers are now in a different position.

Biometrics are then taken.





Back of the head to the tip of the bill.
and
the
wing length



Making sure the wing join butts up against the stock of the metal rule and the wing is gently straightened along the rule to achieve a standard result.

Notice there is no gap in the metal ring.

The third part of the process is to create the D shape to the ring and make each side butts perfectly.

There are several things to look at to help with ageing.



The depth of colour of the bill also gives help with ageing.

This is a deep pink, which means it is probably an adult.

Whereas the one below is much lighter and is probably a juvenile.



Looking at the wing feathers also helps with ageing. (Please excuse any inaccuracies here from me)



Overall grey



The coverts are very rounded and off white. A juvenile?





Good strong white bars but there are still some brown rounded feathers in the coverts. Is this a 5?



Seems to give an overall grey appearance to the wing and the primaries and broad. An adult?



Seems to give an overall grey appearance to the wing and the primaries and broad. An adult?



A distinctly juvenile feel to this bird. Particularly the different age coverts.





Again very rounded off white coverts. Juvenile?











Tail feathers can help with ageing.

Very tatty worn juvenile feathers. Light grey and lots of brown fringing.





Much more solid grey with little wear of the adults.





Absolute beauty



Fitting the tracker needs araldite to firmly hold it in place.



The tracker is clipped around the birds neck.





Then a cable tie is also added to ensure the tracker stays on.



Solar powered tracker.

Each tracker is about £800



Finally the colour ring is added to the birds fitted with trackers.





















The venerable and indispensable scribe.



Something like 160 years experience between them.





The ultimate selfie.







Variable amount of white on the face of some of the birds.







After processing the birds are kept in a keeping tent and then released together after a ten minute rest period.



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Superb Adult Male Black Redstart (Phoenichurus ochruros) & the Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) that almost………

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Cley



Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)









Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

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Saham Mere & Loch Neaton

Saham Mere
Nr
Watton









Quite a low water level still.







Frullania dilatata

from

BBS



Tubilifera arachnoidea



Kneiff's Feather Moss (Leptodichtyum riparium)



Clustered Feather-moss (Rynchostegium confertum)





Frizzled Pincushion (Ulota phyllantha)


Loch Neaton

Fascinating History of Loch Neaton







Lyell's Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum lyellii)

from the
BBS Handbook

Although the picture above does not show the Gemmae; they were visible on some strands.



&
Bird's Claw Beard Moss (Barbula unguiculata)



Hornschuch's Beard Moss (Pseudocrossidium horschuchianum)

Below is a Lichen Sp

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Hanworth



Wall Screw Moss at the bottom of the picture. (Tortula muralis)



Rigid Beard-moss (Didymodon rigidulus)



Cylindric Beard-moss (Didymodon insulanus)?



Probably Bruch's Pincushion (Ulotta bruchii)





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Cley









Curlew (Numenius arquatus)



Starling (Sternus vulgaris)





Teal (Anas crecca)

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Guybon's Wood







Larch Plantation ( Larix decidua)





Hazel (Corylus avellana)







Fennugreek Stalkball (Phleogena faginea)



Lichen Sp





Rough-stalked Feather Moss (Brachythecium rutabulum)?



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Bleeding Conifer Crust Fungus (Stereum sanguinolentum)







Shaggy Parasol (Chlorophyllum rhacodes)





Bracket Fungus Sp ?





Slender Club Fungus (Typhula juncea)

from

First Nature



Pipe Club Fungus (Macrotyphula fistulosa)





? growing in Swan's-neck Thyme Moss (Mnium hornum)









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Larch Disco (Lachnellula occidentalis)



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Powderpuff Bracket (Postia ptychogaster)



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Slime Mold Sp? (Trichia decipiens)











Slime Mold Sp (Ceratiomyxa fruitoculosa)



Glue Crust Fungus (Hymenochaete corrugata)
from
First Nature



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Wonderful waxy feel to this one.



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Trooping Pygmy BrittleStem (Psathryrella pygmaea)





Crested Coral Fungus (Clavulina cristata)





Mycaenae Sp



White Brain Fungus (Exidia thuretiana)
from
First Nature



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Slime Mould Sp (Baked Beans or Baby Hot dogs) (Badhamia foliicola)







Black Witches Butter (Exidia glandulosa)



Sputnik shaped spider sack.





Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)

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Overstrand







House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)





















Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)

and flying with
a
House Martin

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Cley



Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)



Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

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Hevingham Park



Fresh long beak on the capsule lid of the Common Smoothcap (Atrichum undulatum)





Blue Roundhead (Stropharia cerulea)?



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Purple Jelly Disc (Ascocoryne sarcoides)?



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Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon)?



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Cley





Black Tailed Godwit (limosa limosa)









Young Male Marsh Harrier making a meal of a dead Pinkfooted Goose.









Teal, Wigeon & Black Tailed Godwit




Teal in the evening light.

Adult Yellow Legged Gull

Adult and Second Winter Caspian Gull

and a part Glaucous Gull.

Very pale plumage, bill showing Glaucous tendencies but black primaries.

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Trimingham

While looking for and not finding the
Richard's Pipit
the
long lens took some pictures from the clifftop towards Overstrand.








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Cley







Black tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) & the odd Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)



Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)



Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)





Juv Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)

and just down the road at Salthouse

Black headed Gulls doing the two step


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Sheringham





Ist Winter King Eider just off the beach.

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Cley





Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)







White Wall Rocket (Diplotaxus erucoides)

And
Just down the road
A very nice European Stonechat

Sadly the other one dropped from the top of the reeds near the Lane first thing this morning
and
disappeared for two hours.



Stonechat (Saxicola rupicola)

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