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Thursday, 29 August 2013

From the undergrowth

A few from today , jays are starting to make the most out of the feeders and the usual suspects are moving in slowly. No Little Egret today though.



Blue Tit



Records from the Rough

Last nights visit by eight members of the "41 Club" and four from the Cromwell Bottom Group was very enjoyable. The evening weather was perfect. Graham, our Chair ably described the site and its ancient and modern history. Many rare and interesting plants were shown as were lots of projects that have been completed or ongoing. Amongst the finds was the fungi shown below.

Brown Birch Boletes

This Brown Birch Boletes is about 9" across. It's the biggest I have seen.

The smaller one below was turned over and the underside shown. The spots look unusual as I cannot find that feature in the book.
Brown Birch Boletes

Many thanks to Alison for final I.D.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

From the undergrowth

Afew more from yesterday



Blue tit

The next generation(taken with Gramp's permission)

Flowering Water Mint

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

From the undergrowth

Had a good day today, a first for the reserve ? with a Little Egret,(it appears we have had them before, thanks to Andy C for the info ) a few Common Darter around ,Jay, Woodpecker, Chaffinch ,LTT , Great tit,Wren ,Robin, all at the feeders.
Little Egret taken from the bailey bridge long way off but a record shot


Speckled Wood

Common     Darter

Green Viened White

Fungus 6" in diameter ?

Wren eating grass seed heads


Commom Darter

Sunday, 25 August 2013

From the undergrowth

A very dull dark grey morning not much flying but did catch a Green Woodpecker from a distance and a jay at the feeders.
A heavy crop of Gwp overlooking the top hay meadow

Jay at the feeders


Friday, 23 August 2013

Records from the Rough

A short visit to CB produced masses of fungi. Probably 2 separate species here. All need I.D. although one looks like fly agaric but I have my doubts. Picture 3 and 4 were in their hundreds. Its going to be a bumper autumn for fungi - wet and warm. A song thrush had a look in as well!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

From the undergrowth


Fungi ?

Shoal of Chub in the canal

very small catapiller

Orange Ladybird


Flowering  Arrowhead

Larinioides cornutus   Canal edge

Male Bullfinch

Female Bullfinch


Female Chaffinch

Male Chaffinch

Doe's this coat siut me ?

All right which one of you up there dropped that ?

Grasshopper Warbler

There was a Grasshopper Warbler reeling very briefly on Sunday the 18th. It flew from the riverside scrub area into the undergrowth - where they've been seen in previous years, by the bend in the river below the metal bridge.
No photos, unfortunately as it was very elusive !

Friday, 16 August 2013

Work Party August 10th

Robin, Graham, David, Shelagh, John and Bruce made up the work party who  tidied up the feeding area and added a further screen. Robin strimmed the long grass and brambles.

The seats and shelves were fitted 

Robin and Shelagh look at the progress.

One of the horizontal feeders was made secure

The new screen is made secure

Robin strims the area whilst we move away

The finished section. This will provide further cover for us to view the winter birds.