The temperature fell low enough last night to freeze the ponds over, and although the waterfall was running slowly quite large icicles formed. I was pleased to see at least one fish deep in the water, so the Heron didn't quite get them all!
Despite the heavy frost for the last two nights, the fungus that I'd been meaning to photograph was still in quite good nick. I had expected it to have turned to a slimy mess. I think it is Auricularia auricula also known as Jews Ear. It has been growing prolifically on the elder tree stumps we've arranged in the front garden. It is also called Judas's Ear Fungus as it is said that Judas hanged himself on an Elder Tree. This is an edible fungus and is popular in Chinese cooking. There are lots of recipes here.
One of the birds I've seen surprisingly few of this year is the Kestrel. Perhaps I've just been unlucky but none have appeared on either of the TTV's I've done. I was pleased to see this one by the road near West Langdon. I would have been even more pleased if I'd seen the Red Kite that Joan Miller watched from Forstal Farm yesterday. There have been a couple of reports, I think one be hanging round the area at the moment. I be pleased to get any sightings.