Brecks Bits, 25 November 2021

I had a day off yesterday so with some directions I headed off to the Grimes Graves area for some fungi hunting. Sadly my target of Stinking Earthfan was nowhere to be seen even when I'd found the exact spot. Nonetheless I did have some nice fruiting bodies including Earthy Powdercap, Scurfy Deceiver, Butter Cap, Pestle Puffball, a Brittlegill sp, Snowy Waxcap and 2 new ones for me which made the trip worthwhile - Cedarwood Waxcap and Fragrant Funnel, both out of the wood on grassland. Also there I flushed a Woodcock and had Bullfinch, Siskins and Great Spotted Woodpecker

Cutting my losses I ventured the short distance to Lynford and was welcomed by 3 Bramblings, 2 Yellowhammers and several Marsh Tits in the 'tunnel' before I wandered down to the paddocks. There was initially no action there but within 20 minutes or so Hawfinches started to appear and in the end I had no less than 16 birds in the Hornbeams which was excellent. Redwings, Siskins and Mistle Thrush were also recorded there. The new cafe back near the carpark was most welcome on the way back on such a cold day!

Back near home I called in to Diss to do some errands and noted a ringed Black-headed Gull 'J0191' by the mere. It originates from Oslo, Norway and was last seen there in mid-July. Luckily it allowed very close approach and I was able to get some phone pics.

One more quick stop on the way home was a chance one at Burston church where I found some nice Parrot Waxcaps amongst the graves. 

                                                                                                                                   Cedarwood Waxcap
                                                                                                                                     Fragrant Funnel
                                                                                                                                     Earthy Powdercap
                                                                                                                                    Pestle Puffball
                                                                                                                                 Snowy Waxcap
                                                                                                                                  Scurfy Deceiver

                                                                                                                               Parrot Waxcap

                                                                                                                       Black-headed Gull 'J0191'

Houghen Plantation with the Norfolk Fungus Study Group, 6 November 2021

It's been ages since I met up with the Norfolk Fungus Study Group for one of their regular forays. Many were obviously casualties of covid in any case. Houghen Plantation in Horsford Woods (now rather strangely named Broadland Country Park) was the destination for a foray last weekend and records numbers of people turned up. About 35 attendees made life difficult for the organisers but everyone enjoyed the day. 

Excellent numbers and variety of fungi were recorded too. Concentrating on the wet woodland near where I saw Bog Beacon earlier this year it was a good job we were advised to wear wellies!

New species for me included the rare crampball Daldinia loculata that grows on burnt Birch, Plums and Custard, Yellow Swamp Brittlegill, The Sickener, Splitgill, Birch Knight, Ergot, Ochre Aldercap, Redleg Club, Felt Saddle, Liver Milkcap, Tuberous Polypore, Velvet Shield, Yellow Webcap, Bitter Bolete, Yellow-leg Bonnet and the strange tiny tubular fungus Henningsomyces candidus.

Other goodies were Jellybaby, Blackening Brittlegill, Wood Wooly-foot, Primrose Brittlegill, Small Staghorn, Yellow Stagshorn, Pipeclub, Slender Club, Bracken Club, Sulphur Knight, Black Bulgar, Chanterelle, Earpick Fungus, Conifercone Cap, Porcelain Fungus, Spectacular Rustgill, Wrinkled Crust, Dark Honey Fungus, Mottled Bolete and Brown Birch Bolete.

A polypore which looked very like the very rare Red-belted Bracket turned out to be a very deceiving Hoof Fungus after microscopy! 

                                                                                                                                  Daldinia loculata
                                                                                                                          Yellow Swamp Brittlegill
                                                                                                                                 Primrose Brittlegill
                                                                                                                                Blackening Brittlegill
                                                                                                                                   Plums and Custard
                                                                                                                             Wood Wooly-foot
                                                                                                                                  Mottled Bolete
                                                                                                                                      Felt Saddle
                                                                                                                                      Redleg Club
                                                                       Hoof Fungus doing impersonation of Red-belted Bracket!
                                                                                                                         Henningsomyces candidus
                                                                                                                                Liver Milkcap
                                                                                                                            Tuberous Polypore
                                                                                                                             Velvet Shield
                                                                                                                          Yellow Webcap
                                                                                                                            Dark Honey Fungus
                                                                                                                              Earpick Fungus
                                                                                                                       The Sickener
                                                                                                                           Bitter Bolete
                                                                                                                          Yellow-leg Bonnet
                                                                                                                                 Black Bulgar

Tyrrel's Wood, 5 November 2021

Our lovely local ancient wood was full of fungal fruiting bodies on Friday. Belinda and I had partaken of a very nice lunch at Goodies and needed to walk it off afterwards!

Find of the walk was without doubt a nice Elfin Saddle found while inspecting an Amethyst Deceiver near the northern edge of the wood. Other nice finds included Purple Brittlegill, Sepia Bolete (probably!), False Deathcap, Pale Oyster, Common Bonnet, Sulphur Tuft, Spectacular Rustgill, Clustered Brittlestem, Pestle Puffball and an atypical amanita sp with a rather scaly cap.

Birdwise - as ever we recorded Nuthatch and Redwings but little else

                                                                                                                                           Elfin Saddle
                                                                                                                                       Purple Brittlegill
                                                                                                                              Sulphur Tuft (young)
                                                                                                                                     Amanita sp
                                                                                                                                      False Deathcap
                                                                                                                                     Pestle Puffball
                                                                                                                              Sepia Bolete (probably)
                                                                                                                                            Pale Oyster
                                                                                                                                 Clustered Brittlestem
                                                                                                                      Spectacular Rustgill (young)