Smockmill Common, 12 November 2018

In the gloriously mild autumn sun I had an extended mooch around Smockmill Common near Newton Flotman today. It was mainly for fungi but I also had 3 Nuthatches, Great Spotted Woodpecker and later near Morningthorpe 4 Common Buzzards in the air together.
These are the fungi pictures I took, some identified (I think!) and some still pending. I've never been anywhere that had so many of these weird and wonderful parts of our fauna to look at.

Purple Jellydisc 

Tawny Funnel

Dead Molls Fingers

Fly Agaric

Mycena sp (poss Bark Bonnet)

Common Earthball

Shaggy Parasol

Wrinkled Crust

Wrinkled Peach

Wrinkled Crust

Silverleaf Fungus?

Silverleaf Fungus

Rosy Bonnet

Shaggy Parasol

Clouded Agaric

Rosy Bonnet

prob Blushing Wood Mushroom

Yellowing Curtain Crust

Mycena sp

Hairy Curtain Crust

Postia sp

Blushing Bracket

Velvet Shank

Dichomitus campestris

   Blushing Bracket

A good birding selection near Norwich, 11 November 2018

A delayed start to the day due to rain but meeting at Jus's at 10.30 we headed straight for Houghen Plantation at Horsford and met Andy who popped out briefly to join the party.

We were rather lucky with the crossbill flock which was being watched as we arrived although, in the windy conditions viewing was difficult. The small group were feeding concealed most of the time but after several Common Crossbills we got onto a lovely chunky male Parrot Crossbill which showed well eventually after being half concealed for ages. A flock of 15 Fieldfares flew over but that was it. The crossbill flock then flew off revealing a total of 10 birds.

After a pit stop at BK we headed out to Bowthorpe where the single adult Waxwing was present on arrival and showed nicely. Indeed it didn't move from the same branch in all the time we were there!

We then opted to finish the day at Whitlingham CP where we located the female Red-crested Pochard near the island on Great Broad. 22 Common Pochard were also counted and a (presumably now wintering) Chiffchaff was on the north side of the broad.

With some superb directions from James Emerson we then did a lap of the broad to scoop a few fungi - Shaggy Inkcap, Crimped Gill, Stubble Rosegill and Poison Pie.

Yearlist = 244

Parrot Crossbill


Red-crested Pochard

Shaggy Inkcap

Crimped Gill

Stubble Rosegill 

Poison Pie

      Wrinkled Peach

A Miscellany of Fungi

Over the past couple of weeks I've been to a few spots in Norfolk and Suffolk for short strolls looking for fungi. These have included Gawdyhall Wood near Harleston, Buxton Heath, Thornham Walks and Roydon Fen near Diss. With the purchase of the Collins Complete Guide to British Mushrooms and Toadstools (Sterry and Hughes) and much help from James Emerson here are a few of the identified species. This new-found interest has certainly livened up the late autumn when there haven't been to many birds around to spark the interest. Today (10th Nov) a very late Common Darter at Roydon Fen was nice to record.

Saffrondrop Bonnet

Snapping Bonnet (probably!)

Bay Bolete

Alder Bracket

Black Bulgar

Brown Cup

Brown Roll Rim

Candlesnuff Fungus

Pleated Inkcap

Clustered Inkcap

Glistening Inkcap

Magpie Inkcap

Sheringham, 3 November 2018

A quick afternoon trip out to Sheringham with Jus and Andy for some filthy twitching!

Upon arrival at the arch on the esplanade the 2nd year male King Eider was on show on the sea in good light. Although a little distant for photography it was very nice indeed through the scope. I was very pleased to see this one as I've never seen many and this was only my 2nd in Norfolk.

Having scored so quickly and easily we were then a bit stumped as to what to do next so un the end opted for a re-visit to the presumed Stejneger's Stonechat at Salthouse. This time it showed a little closer than before allowing some slightly better photos.

Then, after a coffee and some book perusal in the Cley visitor centre it was back to Sheringham where we located a single Purple Sandpiper, 31 Turnstones and a fly-over flock of 72 Pink-footed Geese near the Funky Mackerel cafe before a Sparrowhawk flashed past the Tesco carapark in town.

Yearlist = 243

King Eider

presumed Stejneger's Stonechat

 Purple Sandpiper