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Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 18 6:43 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Thanks Henry. I thought I hadn't seem them in the past, but they are quite common round here now.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 18 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yesterday we went to a very local piece of woodland. A very pleasant walk, and a few nice finds, but remarkably few small birds, something we have noticed at one or two other sites. We did hear Green Woodpecker, and found a Green Woodpecker feather, which might have come from a predated bird, as the shaft was broken.

We found a few fungi, even though the ground was very dry, including an (apparently) uncommon type of Honey Fungus and a young Magpie Inkcap.

In a small sunny clearing we found several Common Darter dragonflies basking on the tree trunks, as was this Batman Hoverfly (Myathropa florea):





I hope you can see why it has its English name


Henry

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 18 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 18 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have had a magpie inkcap come up over the last few days. I haven't seen it, but it is in the general area that they occurred last year. I have noticed a few fungi coming up, even though it is pretty dry with us too. Haven't heard many birds lately, but there are a few around; my robin came to visit me the other day when I was digging the garden and we have heard the buzzards in the woods apart from anything else. Have had hornets round the yard and the odd bee.

Like the hoverfly.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 18 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Come on MR where are your snaps?

Nice photo Henry.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 18 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't do them I am afraid Sgt Colon. I went to have a look at the magpie inkcap yesterday and it was over, with pretty well just the stem left, but found there had been 3 more where they were last year, and the new one had been joined by 5 friends. Also found some stump puffballs and one I couldn't identify close by.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 18 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

After a few blank weeks (cancellation due to weather, absence due to bad cold, absence of my usual lift giver etc) I went for my walk today, to an area of 'ancient' woodland. A bit chilly at first, but the sun was out and it was most enjoyable. Most of the interest was in the fungi' We found the charmingly named Dog Vomit Slimemould (Mucilago crustacea), which, when it grows on dew covered lawns looks even more like Dog Vomit!:





Rather more pleasing to the eye and the ear is this one - the Rosy Bonnet (Mycena rosella (I think)):





As well as the fungi, the wood was looking very autumnal, with lots of falling leaves and some lovely colours.

Henry

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 18 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I do like a slime mould.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 18 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

me too

the glow in the dark ones are extra good

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 18 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't think I have ever seen the Dog Vomit one; perhaps I took it for its namesake, but think we have the Rosy Bonnet in the woods. Most of the leaves are off the beech trees now, although hazel and birch seems to be hanging on, and oak of course. There are great drifts of leaves on the ground now and towing a piece of machinery on a pallet yesterday we ended up with huge heaps in front of it. Haven't seen too many fungi in our woods this year, but we have had rather a dry autumn on the whole.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 18 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I do like that dog vomit one. Never seen one like that.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 18 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Didn't go for a walk today - too wet!

I did go last Monday, to an area of woodland that was new to me. Rather chilly, and we were rained on briefly, but then it got brighter for a while and then went back to grey again.

A few birds (tit flocks in the main) and over seventy different fungi, none of which were particularly photogenic.

We did see these:





three sleeping Tree Slugs (Lehmannia maculata) snoozing between two branches.

End of excitement for the next few days!

Henry

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 18 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bloody horrible looking things aren't they.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 18 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

they probably think the same of you with yer dry skin, fluffy hair and non extendable eyes

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 18 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not sure about the tree slugs, but is that a downy birch they are on? Good picture as always.

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