By 10:30 I was on the fell, covered in mud as everywhere is not just wet but flooded. Several inches of soaking sticky mud making walking very difficult on every path or area of grass. The ponies and Highland Cattle are doing a fine job of tramping and churning up the area. Just what's needed.
|Looking quite pleased with a job well done|
The next best birds of the day were a group of 4 Crossbill, all green birds calling a characteristic 'chip-chip-chip' as they flew over the South Burn Woods. A Willow Tit called and showed in the thick scrub, more than it did yesterday.
On the fell, a few other birds also showed which they didn't do on the 1st including Kestrel, Goldcrest, Nuthatch and Siskin. 3 more Crossbill, I assume a different group, as one was red male, which also flew over.
|Kestrel - one of 3 birds seen on the fell this morning|
Other bits and pieces seen were the Yellow Brain (or Golden Jelly) Fungus, Tremella sp. probably T. messentrica and the Fairy cup lichen Cladonia fimbriata
|Yellow Brain Fungus|
|Fairy Cup Lichen|
Certainly less species than yesterday but the Waxwing and Crossbill were better birds and my bird list is now 54.