Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Arrhenia retiruga

When hanging the washing out in the garden the other day I noticed dozens of small white fungi growing on a mossy area of the lawn. I believe they are a jelly like fungus called Arrhenia retiruga. While photographing them yesterday morning four Whooper Swans flew South East over the garden. I have seen several small flocks of Whooper Swans at Widdrington Moor lake where there have been between 9 and 18 birds over the past 2 weeks. 3 flew South over Druridge Bay country park this morning. The lake was very quiet for numbers of wildfowl with a small variety all in single figures compared to the late 1980's when it was difficult to count the wildfowl at times here because of the huge numbers and only icy conditions made them scarce then. The Stonechat was in the dunes and back at Morpeth I've had no more Otter sightings on the Wansbeck and the Mandarin ducks appear to have moved on. I have had a couple of Kingfisher sightings between Oldgate and the weir at Oliver's mill this week despite the river being swollen.

1 comment:

Stewart said...

Hi Nige, drake Mandarin there today Sunday 15th...