Nature Notes # 28: Flies with Everything.

Nature Notes # 28: Flies with Everything.

Sparky and me took our weekly yomp up, over, through and around various places at Delamere Forest today. We didn’t really start off making any effort looking for autumns fungal bounty but you couldn’t avoid finding a wealth of them en route, and as always birds were not far from the agenda. 07.10.13. Fly Agaric, Dead Lake, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonFly Agaric
07.10.13. Fly Agaric, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonImages of just two of the fourteen Fly Agaric’s we found on our ramble. The first image was taken from Dead Lake and the second from the Station Road side of Blakemere and attractively brightening up a fine day.
07.10.13. Common Earth Star, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonCommon Earth Star just beginning the transition from emerging to fanning out and producing the ‘star effect’.
07.10.13. Common Stinkhorn, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonCommon Stinkhorn
07.10.13. Common Stinkhorn, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonAn impressive beast of a fungi by any standards and it’s not often you come across three stalks bunched together. The smell was awful which the flies found irresistible but to get up close with a macro lens you do have to suffer for art.
07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonSaffron Milk Cap
07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonAn odd specimen of a fungi which appears to be infected by another mould/fungi. This was common on several species of different toadstools.
07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonUnidentified fungi
07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton

Cauliflower Fungus (Sparassis crispa)

07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton

Helvella fungi.

Other stuff:
07.10.13. leucistic Lapwing, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton A leucistic Lapwing at Blakemere (above), Chiffchaff and a small group of Common Crossbill made up for a lacklustre bird watch. On the way home a drop into Wigg Island resulted in a couple of Little Egret and 14 Grey Heron.

Observers: Sparky, WSM (images).