Friday, 20 November 2015


This morning on the reserve: Great Spotted Woodpecker - one calling near the brook and the same or another seen at the community garden, 3 Linnets flying south near brook, 1 Jay at church field, Along stony path there were a couple of trees with c15 Long-tailed Tits, a couple of Great and Blue Tits, a Coal Tit and a Goldcrest plus a party of Goldfinches feeding on Beech Mast. 5 Chaffinches nearby, Grey Wagtail over cutting. c30 Woodpigeons over Ashley Hill end of stony path. Magpies, Wrens and Blackbirds in good numbers with one of the latter sub-singing.

Several toadstools I am told might be Volvariella sp. on church field. A Scathophaga sp. fly (alive) on the church field plus a dead fly attacked by a fungus, probably Entomophthora muscae. Common Wasp along the stony path near some ivy flowers.
Volvariella sp.

Fly infested with fungus

Long-tailed Tit




In Fairlawn Road there were a few Great and Blue Tits and I noted Holly in flower.
Great Tit

Holly Flowers

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