Friday, 3 January 2014

Awating the Next Storm?

Today was very pleasant, although the forecast for tonight and tomorrow is of another significant belt of rain and high winds.

I took a walk round Bush Rough and Kearsney Abbey, hoping to see a couple of my favourites in the area, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail. I wasn't surprised at missing out on the former, but I think it's the first time I've walk all around there and not seen the latter.  This Mute Swan decided on a big stretch as I approached, but unlike when they've got young, the pair more or less ignored me.

I wish I was better at identifying fungi, any help apreciated. This attractive grouping was growing on a tree stump at Kearsney, but I'm not sure of the species. I suppose it is because of the comparatively mild weather  that fungi are still around.

A quick look at the Restharrow Scrape was not very inspiring, unless you like counting Teal. There were a few Gadwall and Mallard but little else. The water level was as high as I've seen it for a long time, so it would be ideal for a refugee from the big blow tomorrow.

This Teal and Gadwall made the most of the bright afternoon for a good preen, while most of their companions slept!


ChrisR said...

Its either sulphur or conifer tuft, the latter being found exclusively on conifers

Tony Morris said...

Thanks Chris, I think the stump is a conifer, I'll check next time I'm there.

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Tony Morris said...

Thanks Chris