Saturday 26 November 2011

Alvecote Pools SSSI

The common wildfowl numbers are still way down at the patch but it was great to see fifteen female Goosander fresh in this morning on Mill Pool.  The Shelduck numbers have also increased to eleven birds from just two last week.  Eurasian Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Common Pochard are all pretty low on the ground however Gadwall, Shoveler and Common Teal numbers were all up very slightly.  Around the margins of Mill Pool a Water Rail and 3 Common Snipe were flushed.  Over on Gilman's Pool there were 3 Little Egrets and a few Goldcrests hanging around with the mixed tit flocks.

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) - Alvecote Pools.
Bracket Fungus species - Alvecote Pools.

At this time of year I enjoy mooching around for some interesting funghi.  Above are just two examples of many I found today.  If anyone knows the name of the bracket fungus above please let me know.  It was found on a mature Willow tree above three feet from the ground.

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