Monday 16 May 2016

Gull, Flatfish, Lichen, & Caribou

Some randoms from this past weekend in Terra Nova:

First up, the Great Black-backed Gull and flatfish (flounder) fiasco.
Barry Day and I were walking along Buckley Trail (I didn't name it!!) when we noticed this GBBG perched up on a rock preparing its lunch. It didn't take long for it to finish its meal:

In the old burn site in the park the ground was covered in Labrador Tea plants and these matchstick-like lichen:

Turns out that they're called Cladonia cristatella - also known as British Soldiers.

They're an important food source for woodland caribou of Newfoundland.