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. Fly Agaric
Images 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.
Common Earth Star just beginning the transition from emerging to fanning out and producing the ‘star effect’.
An 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.
Saffron Milk Cap
An odd specimen of a fungi which appears to be infected by another mould/fungi. This was common on several species of different toadstools.
Cauliflower Fungus (Sparassis crispa)
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).