Walking along the river beside Matheson's gardens I came across a tree trunk covered in Silverleaf fungus (Chondostereum purpureum). This is a common parasite on fruit trees, particularly Cherry and Plum causing silverleaf disease via a white rot inside the wood. Despite this it is an attractive small violet and white fungi.
On Sunday afternoon on my way home from work there were 18 Crossbills at the top of Cottingwood bank near to the school. Today I have been at Widdrington tip. Very wet but I flushed 11 Common Snipe and 3 Jack snipe. Lots of Goldfinches and Reed buntings and a Red legged Partridge.