Tuesday 11th December.
Attenborough Nature Reserve + DCW.
A murky morning turned into a sunny day with blue skies and not a breath of wind that we could detect but the smoke and water vapour from the power station seemed to find some.
A bash at local birding but the highlights were a skein of 64 Pink-footed Geese heading north-west to Lancashire and the Goosanders of which we lost count after about 42 but which don't show up anywhere else we go.
If you are planning a trip here remember some crumbs for the Robins, many of which will take food from the hand.
Several "Bluebottles" were resting on the sunny side of a tree (as they are wont to do). I'm reasonably sure this is Calliphora vomitoria which overwinter as adults and can live as such for a year.
Dave's knowledge of botany extends beyond the vascular plants though he admits that his skills as a bryologist are getting rusty. Nevertheless, he still managed to name these two mosses, the first from memory with high confidence and the second from the photo with less certainty.
They were on the flood wall east of Meadow Lane along with a selection of algae.