Thursday, 3 November 2016

Out looking for birds !





The past few days I have been out many times enjoying the Autumn weather, some days it's been warm enough to leave the coat at home.

I've been back to Eccup, Esholt, High Royds and enjoyed watching the leaves turning into beautiful colours at the park. But with the time moving into November you can now feel the damp and cold setting in, the heating's gone on and the dark is swallowing the day.  

Highlight's were finding over 1000 Golden plovers and Tree Sparrows at Eccup. A Orange Peel Fungus - Aleuria aurantia at
Esholt as well as spotting Treecreeper and a Nuthatch. 

In the garden the last of the Cosmos flowers were picked and OH carved pumpkins for Halloween, 3 large bags of sweets, 3 pkt of chocolate biscuits, large bag of Apples and 3 Tangerines were dished out !
Garden ornaments away for winter, bedding plants removed and the on going battle with fallen leaves left the brown bin full again.

Best sighting so far was today in November, I had gone to photograph the Snipes at a little pond at High Royds. It was not till I got home and looked at the photos I notice I had photographed a Water Rail. My first ever Water Rail, technically I didn't "see" it  even though I have a photo !!!! Photos will do as record shots.

Tree sparrow

Golden plovers




Esholt


Orange Peel Fungus - Aleuria aurantiaEsholt



Garden


Park



High Royds





Water rail





Sunday, 23 October 2016

A quiet walk amongst the trees



Saturday saw a quiet walk round Esholt woods.
 Fungi was on the menu, trying to find specimens I have not seen before.
I have learned a few things about fungi over the past week, one is to have a little torch in your kit, as it can get quite dark amongst the trees and photos will come out a little dull. 
Photograph as many parts of the mushroom as you can . This will help later when you try to identify them.
 Another subject in nature which can be a hard subject to grasp. It can get a bit frustrating as they come with many English names, scientific names have been changed, but they still use both and on the internet many have the wrong name!

Please don't be put of as it's so much fun looking and coming across one you've not seen before, even if you don't know what it's called,  they are beautiful and strange.     

Coprinopsis atramentaria, commonly known as the common ink cap or inky cap


Tawny Grisette (Amanita fulva)


Acorns (never seen so many)

Bracken
The wood is full of mainly Birch and Oak.

1.On this just one branch there was a..
 Oak Apple Gall.
The Oak Apple Gall is caused by a tiny gall wasp, Biorhiza pallida. It can be found between May and June on oak twigs where the female has laid her eggs in the leaf bud. Inside the gall there are a number of chambers, each housing a larva which eats its way out. Adults emerge in June and July.

2.Not sure if this patch was made from a.. 
Leaf miner

3.Knopper Gall

The Knopper Gall is caused by a tiny gall wasp, Andricus quercuscalicis. It produces ridged outgrowths on the acorns of our native Pedunculate Oak; forming in August they are sticky and red, later becoming woody and brown. A second generation then develops in the catkins of Turkey Oak.



Common hawkweed, Snail, harlequin
and the only Sheild bug I have seen all year.





This lovely fungi was hard to spot at first, Lilac Bonnet (Mycena pura), one I have not seen before. Growing close to the leaf litter, I spotted one then like a magic painting your eyes see the others popping out of the ground. They were all growing in "fairy rings"  





Fairy Rings
by Michael Kuo
"You have found a fairy Ring deep within the forest, a circle of mushrooms . . . Some people will speak to you of spore and fungus circle. They would say that each season of growth fungus sprouts outside the edge of the space it filled the previous season. Moving ever outward leaving depleted ground within the circle. Those who have opened their minds, hearts and souls to the realms of magic may speak to you of the fairies. Those who know the fairies will tell you that fairy rings are where the Fairies dance and perform many of the rituals of their own magic."


                                                   Cramp Balls,  King Alfred's Cakes-Daldinia concentrica
Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

While you were away.






            I HAVE


Moved departments on to plants and flowers, worked meany 11 hour shifts, training, getting up at 5 in the morning, or not getting home till 10. Had 7 birthdays and been to two weddings, and another holiday.

JULY

Went on a tree ID course, trapped moths (very poor this year), Last of the flower walks at Denso Nature reserve, me and Jackie were asked to help run it next year, taking part in a 6 month project for Guiesely Ecology group, recording the wildlife on Yeadon Banks.








August

Still working long hours, mothing, changed the garden, cut a large Weeping Willow back, working ! spotting caterpillars, Hedgehogs visiting the garden, and working some more.














September

Worked some more, loving working with the plants and flower, bringing far to many home ! stream survey, wrote up 3 months of notes for ecology group, had my hair cut Pixie style, went with the family to Center Parcs Sherwood for a week ( recommend going if you get the chance). Another course at Denso "What's in the Hedge"  .














October

Back to normalish hours, able to get outside with the camera, looking for fungi....

 Hopefully back blogging.