Field notes from October
October has seen the return of the Robin to the garden, often singing quite late into the evening on hi/her favourite perch..
This Robin will come quite close and loves nothing more to follow you round the garden hoping you find him a worm..
There are plenty at the park too..
After my husband announced he had seen a Water Vole in the beck last week while out walking the dog, I have spent most of my time down there hopping I would spot it, as CT says it's a bit late on in the year for them to be out, but as it has been so warm I had my fingers crossed, but no luck.
The beck is a lovely place to be as not many people come down here as it can get very muddy, during the summer it is so dark with the leaf canopy, but now they are falling it is one of my favourite places in the park.
This week I was lucky enough to spot the Kingfisher, a new bird for the park this year, not a great photo as some days have been very dull. But it will do for the records.
With the trees thining out I have been able to spot trees I might of other wise missed, to day was a new tree for me and the park.
It is from the Maple Tree family.... I have put it on iSpot and started yet another debate on ID one of my observations ! Trouble is I know they all mean well and all the fancy words they use (fancy to me) is one way of learning... but some times I could do with a simple answer..
(see what you think)
"Lime-leaved maple has leaves that do look very like lime leaves. (I saw it at Kew approaching 40 years ago, and with the samaras there wasn't much problem in identifying it.)
Mitchell has the following snakebark maples - davidii, crataegifolium, pennsylvanicum, rufinerve, hersii, capillipes and forrestii. Several of these have variable foliage which complicates identification. (The Wikipedia article sinks hersii in davidii.)
I think we can eliminate capillipes (Red Snakebark Maple), which has 8 to 10 pairs of leaf veins, and forrestii (Forrest's Maple), which has acuminate leaf-lobes. Details such as the leaf indumentum (both sides), size of samaras, colour of petiole, etc., would assist in identifying the species."
On Thursday we took a trip to Cheving Park which used to be the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, now a large housing estate, but lost of green and wild land. It has always been a good spot for Mushrooms and Toadstools due to the damp area we live in. Having said that I don't think there is as many about just yet. Last year I did try to identify most Mushrooms but another subject that is very hard and me personally don't like to damage them to look at the gills underneath. This one must be a Ink cap
Thanks to Louise..... shaggy ink cap or to be posh
Coprinus comatus (O.F. Müll.)
It was quite a misty damp day but I was also pleased to find another tree I have not seen before
What a lovely tree, if I had the space I would have one of these , with it's long falling seed pods.
Spiders webs, moss and lichen covering everything...
It's a big area to explore, to day was a quick visit..
I will leave you with some photos of a Dunnock, I'm of to Google
size of samaras !