Saturday, 31 October 2009

Return of the Woodcock

Woodcock - one taken earlier this year
Shaggy Ink Caps
aka Lawyers' Wigs
Common Ink Cap
Member of Milk Cap family?
Fairy Caps
Fairy Caps
Sulphur Tuft
Great that the Woodcocks are back. It's a subtly marked enigmatic bird to have so close to home every Autumn. 3 flew up from under the same Lime tree; whilst a 4th was under a nearby tree, which was in a completely different direction from that which the others flew off from. Shame that instead of taking a photo of the longest-sitting bird, I tried to ensure 10-year-old Ben saw it too. Of course, it flew off before he could catch sight of it on the ground, and before I even attempted to take its picture. While looking for more there was plenty of different fungi species to divert the eye. Also present, a flock of 200 Starlings - quite unusual round here these days. There were at least 27 Carrion Crows, 3 Magpies, a Song Thrush, a pair of Great Tits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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