Out and about...Looking for Autumn



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.


Thrush

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)

Shaggy Inkcap

Guelder Rose  (Viburnum opulus)

Hazel nut


Alder Tongue - Taphrina alni

Taphrina alni is a fungal plant pathogen that causes Alder tongue gall, a chemically induced distortion of female alder catkins



Robin




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 ?


Redwing

Comments

  1. Hello, I love your Redwing and the pretty Robin. Beautiful captures of the fungi, berries and the pretty fall colored leaves. Autumn is here, everywhere I look now. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen for you lovely comment, lovely time in Autumn for colour... isn't nature wonderful.
      Amanda xx

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  2. I love the photograph of the little Robin. Lots of Autumn to be found here at the moment. I'd love to be able to name all the berries and plants I see but apart from the obvious ones I wouldn't know where to start. I can still appreciate them, however. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, for the lovely comment, have a look at the BTO guide very helpful.
      Amanda xx

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  3. Your pictures are so good and I have enjoyed looking at them. I don't know why people have to be so rude on social media, there are gentle ways of pointing things out.

    I expect you might have heard of ispot? https://www.ispotnature.org/. I think it is part of the Open University and the people there are so helpful and polite, perhaps you might find it useful if you are stuck.

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    1. Thanks Toffeeapple for coming by and leaving a lovely comment, I have used iSpot a lot in the past, found it a little slow getting a answer. Twitter is much faster and there are so many nice people on there, it was just this one man. Fungi can be quite difficult to ID as it can change so much as it grows.
      Amanda xx

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  4. What gorgeous pictures. You have inspired me to take my camera out and look for Autumn this wknd. I wouldn't know where to start with identifying fungi. You know the names of so many wild things and its totally out of order that some nasty troll should insult you on twitter. Glad you blocked him. Xx

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    1. Thanks Shazza for the lovely comment, looking forward to your Autumn finds, look out for some Fungi books in second hand shops, that's were I got mine. Each year I do get a little better. Thankfully on Twitter and Facebook there are many nice people.
      Amanda xx

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  5. Another super post and wonderful photos. Well done on the Redwing - haven't seen any round here yet although I too have read reports that they are arriving :)

    As you know I think the man on twitter was incredibly rude. Very unusual behaviour too as most people on Twitter are lovely and so happy to help. Many of us put on photos and ask for id help and usually get very helpful replies. You did the right think in blocking him!! I think a couple of your unid'ed fungi are waxcaps too especially the peachy one above the scarlet waxcaps.

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    1. Thanks RR for the lovely comment, the Redwing was from last year at the same place but in November, looking forward to there return. Thing I heard a few fly over the other night while out checking the moth trap.
      As you know he wasn't very nice, just wish I had , had a word or two for him before I blocked him :)
      Think you are right about the Waxcap, remember now having one last year . The one under the pine trees could be a Parasol Mushroom.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Lovely photos especially of the fungi and a nice link to the berries too, thanks for that! What a shame about the guy on twitter, some people just can't help themselves can they :( xx

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    1. Thanks Pam for the lovely comment, not sure if you have had a walk round High Royds. I might have a go at finding all the berries.
      Twitter and Facebook are great it's just the odd few hiding behind a screen feel they can say what they want, which is a shame.
      Amanda xx

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    2. I still haven't yet, i'm not often over that way and when I have been recently it's been fleeting visits! xx

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  7. Great photos of the fungi, especially those showing the underneath of them. Love the robin thrush and redwing. I hope we can see some of those again this year. We saw a Jay on our walk this morning - it flew straight in front of us:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, for the lovely comment. A few things in nature always take a good photo as they don't move ! and one of them has to be fungi. Such a great range of colour and size. Often over looked I think.
      Amanda xx

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  8. Love the fungi photos! I don't know how you do it, but you make even maggot-infested fungi look beautiful. Wowza! Autumn is in full swing by you. We are just starting to see the touches of color here.

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    1. Thanks Beth for the lovely comment, i'ts been quite warm here for the time of year so a gentle ease into Autumn.
      Amanda xx

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  9. I enjoyed seeing your photos! I always love spotting fungi at this time of year too, there's so much to discover in autumn but they can be tricky to ID. What a shame someone was so rude on twitter. I sometimes ask for ID on there, but only when I've been unable to find out myself - I guess he assumed you hadn't even attempted an idea. Sometimes it's nice to have it confirmed by an expert on twitter! I wouldn't let him worry you - post as you wish and ignore silly comments like that!

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    1. Thanks Louise, Autumn is such a lovely time and it's been so nice and warm as well. I find Fungi so Hard as they change so much as they grow, of on a fungi walk at the weekend so hopefully get some tips on how to ID.
      Amanda xx

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  10. Oh Wow!
    Like so many who visit your blog, I too find that your photographs are simply amazing.
    Autumn and it's glorious array of shapes and colour provide the photographer and nature lover with so much.
    Brilliant!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan you are so sweet, it's such a lovely time to be out looking for things to photograph.
      Amanda xx

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