Sunday, 13 November 2011

Goose influx

Seems to be a bit of a goose movement on. Good numbers of White-fronted Geese around on the east coast and Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire didn't miss out with 46 birds (including 12 juvs) on Saturday and 52 on Sunday which kept jumping from D res onto Decoy fields. A couple of Whooper Swans appeared on Sunday as did 4 Pink-footed Geese. Just need some Bean Geese now!

Finally ticked Hen Harrier for the site. A female south thru Decoy fields mid-afternoon the first I've managed in 11 years of visiting. Disappointingly, there was a failure to pick out anything of interest among the 15,000 or so roosting Larids... just the way it goes sometimes.

For the week's news from Tophill, click here

The probable Hemipholiota populnea found by Doug Fairweather has now become an actual one after a specimen was sent to our expert advisor so he could look at the spores! He commented 'Hemipholiota populnea, based on the provisional Red Data list of 1992, is considered threatened in the UK by the decline of the chief host species for the fungi. Due to the lack of records since, there is little to suggest its status has altered.'

So it leaves the question - will it reappear next year?

Some other smart bits around.

Field Blewit

Pholiota highlandensis Bonfire Scalycap

A stump of Candle Snuff

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