Cuckoo Pint (Lords and ladies)
Dryad's Saddle (underside)
Over the last couple of days I have had a couple of new sightings. First of all on Sunday a Garden warbler was singing from the corner garden of Crawhall crescent which overlooks the common. As I recall I believe this is the first time I have ever seen/heard a one actually in a garden. The other sighting was yesteday when I added Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) to the Stobswood/Widdrington list of plants growing in the old brickworks. A Grasshopper warbler has been singing from rough grassland near the Howburn woods at Morpeth and at Stobswood yesterday there was Lesser and Common Whitethroat singing along the railway. The boggy areas around Widdrington tip have just about dried out but it was nice to see Harestail Cotton-grass (Eriophorum vaginatum) flourishing here again this year. Cuckoo Pint (Arum maculatum) is common in the valleys of the Tyne and Wansbeck but is not found along the River coquet. Common Storksbill (Erodium cicutarium) grows in the old brickworks at Stobswood, it is rare away from the coastal dunes in VC67. The fungi shots were taken in Borough wood. The mystery one looks like a Coprinus sp, it was tiny and growing out of a hollow in a Hazel. Cinnamon Porecrust (Phellinus ferreus) is quite common growing on the bark of old Hazels.