There had been a few reports that Redwing were on the move, and heading our way. High Royds is a good place for them to feed due to the many Hawthorn and Berry trees in the area.
(High Royds used to be a large Lunatic Asylum in Menston, now a housing development.)
Not many birds on the pond or in the surrounding land, Blackbirds and Thrushes were making most of the Hawthorn Berries and other fruits.
|Rowan (Mountain Ash)|
As the area is very wet it is also a good place to look for Fungi, spotted this one in open grass land and very large, looking a bit worse for wear now, still very impressive.
I knocked one of the fungi and found maggots eating away on the inside, not sure what they are.
|Apple (Crab Apple)|
|Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)|
|Alder Tongue - Taphrina alni|
Taphrina alni is a fungal plant pathogen that causes Alder tongue gall, a chemically induced distortion of female alder catkins
Here are a few of the fungi I found, have managed to ID some, but have stopped looking for ID's on twitter. A few weeks back I posted one and named it wrong anyway a rather rude man made a comment on how lazy I was not to try harder , and generally not very nice. I have blocked him but decided I would post photos rather than trying to name them.
|Hygrocybe coccinea, sometimes called the scarlet hood, scarlet waxcap or righteous red waxy cap, is a colourful member of the mushroom genus Hygrocybe.|
Hope you get chance to go out and look for Autumn in the next few weeks, fungi and berries are at their best and if you are lucky you might get to see a Redwing.
A handy guide to UK berries, can you find them all ?