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buzzy



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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 18 2:21 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

My nice yellow Waxcap was either Hygrocybe conica or Hygrocybe acutoconica but Mr Myco did not want to pick it to find out which one. He does not say exactly why he didn't want to pick it - he's usually happy to pick a fungus, give it a bit of a nibble or pop it into his little box for microscope attention at home.


Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 18 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ta very similar to what i call sulfur wax caps, i might lump a few spp under the name

not dinner but not class 4 toxic so i guess no pick is down to rarity

buzzy



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 18 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Out to an area of flooded gravel pits with a few bits and pieces of other habitats (woodland, meadow, hedgerows) in the mix.

Quite a few wetland birds including a Green Sandpiper which is apparently quite uncommon. Only saw it at a distance and could not detect any green on it at all!

Also saw two Great White Egrets (Ardea alba) which are like white Herons and also rather uncommon:





Only seen at quite a distance so picture is not very good.


Assorted butterflies were about in the sunshine including Small Coppers.

Along one section of path we saw several Hornets (Vespa crabro) and a little further along we found out why!




I hope the birds had finished with it!

Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 18 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 18 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Egrets are becoming quite common round this way; in fact see them more often than herons.

The hornets nest is interesting. I have seen them build inside trees, but never actually seen the nest as it is hidden. We get them in the woods quite often, and there is a nest somewhere this year as we have had them in the yard quite frequently. Beautiful insects with orange stripey bodies and bright pink legs.

Not seen so many butterflies lately and think most of them have been speckled woods.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 18 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That hornet's nest is very cool and alien looking. Great photos Buzzy.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 18 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

MR, I think the egrets you see are probably mostly Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta). We get quite a few of those as well. They are smaller than Great White Egrets, which are Grey Heron sized. Little Egrets have black beaks, and as you can just see in my picture, Great Whites have yellow beaks. Correct me if I'm wrong - but the reactions of some of the birdy people led me to think that Great White Egrets were special!

Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 18 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think you are right Buzzy. Sorry, I didn't realise the difference. I have never been close enough to study the beak, but they are usually quite a bit smaller than a heron, so almost certainly the smaller ones. That is special if the Great White Egrets are quite rare. A good sighting.

I don't remember seeing Little egrets when I was a child, so are they becoming more common?

buzzy



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 18 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, Little Egrets are recent colonists, following a range expansion in Europe. First bred in Britain in the 1990s, I believe.

Possibly Great White Egrets will do the same - we shall have to wait and see!

Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 18 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Henry. I thought I hadn't seem them in the past, but they are quite common round here now.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 18 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yesterday we went to a very local piece of woodland. A very pleasant walk, and a few nice finds, but remarkably few small birds, something we have noticed at one or two other sites. We did hear Green Woodpecker, and found a Green Woodpecker feather, which might have come from a predated bird, as the shaft was broken.

We found a few fungi, even though the ground was very dry, including an (apparently) uncommon type of Honey Fungus and a young Magpie Inkcap.

In a small sunny clearing we found several Common Darter dragonflies basking on the tree trunks, as was this Batman Hoverfly (Myathropa florea):





I hope you can see why it has its English name


Henry

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 18 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 18 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have had a magpie inkcap come up over the last few days. I haven't seen it, but it is in the general area that they occurred last year. I have noticed a few fungi coming up, even though it is pretty dry with us too. Haven't heard many birds lately, but there are a few around; my robin came to visit me the other day when I was digging the garden and we have heard the buzzards in the woods apart from anything else. Have had hornets round the yard and the odd bee.

Like the hoverfly.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 18 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Come on MR where are your snaps?

Nice photo Henry.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 18 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't do them I am afraid Sgt Colon. I went to have a look at the magpie inkcap yesterday and it was over, with pretty well just the stem left, but found there had been 3 more where they were last year, and the new one had been joined by 5 friends. Also found some stump puffballs and one I couldn't identify close by.

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