Nature Notes # 43 (24.08.14.)
I haven’t written a NN # for a while and Mr Broome’s contributions have been more than welcomed and very informative.
A walk with Sparky about the forest paths and hills at Delamere and attempting to avoid the popular Gruffalo crowds discovering their own nature notes. We choose the steep path to Pale Heights where a young migrant Wheatear flew from the track by the cow field and rested up on a fence for a while. A couple of Raven were also present but generally the wind direction and warm sunshine put paid to any obvious migration.
Butterflies were still enjoying the fine summer with a bright Brimstone feeding on a dandelion flower. Several Peacocks, Red Admiral, Green-veined White and Speckled Woods caused further direction distractions.
The emergence of Stinkhorn fungi ‘eggs’ were beginning to push through the beech wood leaf litter. A small cluster of one type of Coral fungi and a patch of Amanita pantherina aka Panther Caps growing by the pathside were surprisingly intact considering their close proximity to the pathside. The latter species is considered to be widespread but we didn’t expect to see it so early in the season.
.Swallows and House Martin were still hunting low over the fields and several juvenile Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff and Blackcaps joined up with a fairly large roving tir flock from the trees adjacent to Black Lake.
Dragonflies and Damselflies attracted a few people to linger by the lake with a curious Southern Hawker paying close attention to its admirers. Black Darters are usually tame when they are about and this trip was a good one with several posing for photographs by the bench. Azure, Emerald and Blue-tailed Damselfies in nuptial pairing also added to an excellent morning ramble here.
The Blackberries are ripening up well in the forest at the moment. All in all a great time of year to go out and collect some of the natures bounty (just need to wash the little buggers first).
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images)