Thursday, 25 February 2010

The Beginner's Guide to Pond Dipping, Lichens & Mosses

A brief let up in the weather this afternoon allowed me to break out of the house before the three of us strangled each other and get in a short walk before the school collection. Determined to walk without creating too much washing we headed for QE2 Country Park and its solid paths. Three Goosander and six Gadwall were new for the year pushing the self found list to the brink of triple figures. At least a dozen Goldeneye mostly in the centre of the pond were conspicuous, the drakes throwing their heads back in display repeatedly, as were another pair on Bothal Pond as we passed an hour or so later.
A few Long-tailed Tit and Coal Tit wandered the trees along the western side but in poor light, I hardly bothered. Instead I turned my attention to a couple of fine Lichens hanging in a small copse just off the footpath. I kinow not what they are and offer the pictures purely for aesthetic value, i.e I'll buy some tine to check.

My co-conspirators meanwhile were embarking on their NVQ in Pond Dipping Level 1. The first modules entitled 'Becoming Accustomed to Water' and 'Stick Poking as a Means of Amphibian Location' which seemed to go well.


Anonymous said...

You seem to be a day in front of yourself.


alan tilmouth said...

No, just started the post before midnight and didn't finish till after midnight.