Fungi sp., Felbrigg – taken in late August
Yesterday morning we held our first Felbeck Trust Fungi Foray at Sustead Common. The event was led by Dr Tony Leech, one of the UK’s leading experts, and we also benefited from having James along, adding his considerable knowledge across a wide range of flora & fauna. We ended up with a good potential list of fungi, but with confirmation of many of the identifications being subject to closer scrutiny in ‘the lab’. On the bird front Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Pink-footed Geese, Tawny Owl and Siskin all added to the enjoyment and a reminder of the overall wildlife value of these ‘pocket reserves’. Thanks to both Tony and James for a very enjoyable & interesting morning.
By contrast, in the afternoon I walked the entire length of Cromer sea-front in the hope of finding something interesting. No gulls, waders or sea-birds of any note (mind you the tide was out) nor any passerines, with the exception of a single Meadow Pipit feeding on the grass by the boating lake, on my way back to the car park – clearly a migrant. Many years ago I did see a lovely Hoopoe on this same patch of grass! This morning its the NENBC monthly weekend bird walk – we’re off to explore the coast around Horsey Gap. I hope it proves more interesting than Cromer!