Friday, 20 January 2012
A walk through the Borough woods is quite productive with regular woodland species. There are large flocks of birds mainly Long tailed, Coal, Blue and Great Tits but among them are Goldcrests, Nuthatches, Treecreepers and Marsh Tit. Great Spotted Woodpeckers are drumming and Jays are very vocal. The days of seeing Red Squirrels here are gone, before 2009 you would still see a few but on Tuesday I saw 7 Greys in different places in the woods. There are species of fungi still to be found but some are difficult to identify. The top one is possibly a mature specimen of Collybia erythropus but I cannot identify the second one. The third pic is Beech Woodwart and then some unusual growth on a dead Oak stump. The winter is still relatively mild even though we have had some cold spells and several species are in flower like the Pineapple Mayweed.