Saturday, 25 September 2010

Huge fungi specimens

After going from the tiny probable Phyllonorycter leucographella (Firethorn Leaf Minor) to the huge probable Humpback Whale in my previous two blogs, it was time to get the tape out to measure mushrooms on Saturday at Tophill Low NR.

Despite the wind, it was a good day with plenty on display. A walk along the River Bank turned up some rather large fungi.

This stand of probable Prince, found on willow and privet litter, measured around 55cm across, and one of the specimens collected had a stipe measuring 25cms.

Seeing the pair of bins, and the book, in the picture gives a sense of scale of the size of the cap of the largest specimen, but this picture taken by Richard Hampshire here gives a better idea of just how big the cap is. For notes, the cap measured 33cm in diameter.

Still looking at the list for the site, but it appears several new species could have been added in recent weeks, but we have to check the list to make sure none have been missed off in error.

However, Sceleroderma sepa, several groups found around one tree and none elsewhere, appears to be definitely new.

Very few milk-caps are on the site list, so the finding of a single possible Lactarius quietus last weekend, and several more this weekend, could prove to be an addition to the site fungi list.

Other species which are the first we have found this season included Weeping Widow and Blue Roundhead.

Birding wise the best to report was a flock of c200 Linnet just south of the site while on site, it is 'Rant time, as the annual movement inland kicks into gear.

As the odonata season closes, albeit slowly, a few species are still on the wing. Counts today of 11 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker and c28 Common Darter. Perhaps a few more could have been found if the sun had been out longer.

This posed a week ago, photographed by Doug Fairweather and identified as Pine Weevil Hylobius abietis. First one we've seen on walking around over the last decade or so. Need to check the list to see if this one is new!

And finally, a picture of some fungi taken today...

Anyone any ideas then please post a comment. Maybe Small Stagshorn???

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