I have always been brought up to think of those less fortunate than myself (the elderly, the disabled, Wolves supporters etc.)...so with him being one of the latter I decided to pop out for a few hours with Mark P.
We decided to pop 3 or 4 miles up the road to Eymore Wood to look for Crossbills. This is one of the best places locally to see wintering flocks of this charismatic finch as they feed at the tops of the numerous Larches. They are present most years...needless to say we didn't have a sniff of any today (perhaps a bit early). There were good numbers of birds flitting around the stands of Larch though with Siskin, Chaffinch, Goldcrest and Coal Tit being of note.
At the large clearing in the middle of the woods was a flock of c.40 Goldfinch and 16 Redwing. A single Jay was also present here.
Also noted during the walk were a flock of 40+ Fieldfare that flew over heading towards Trimpley Reservoir. A Sparrowhawk and a Common Buzzard were also seen.
I thought there may be a few fungi to be seen on the walk but they too were sadly lacking, although I did spot a rather nice Yellow Fieldcap along one of the rides.
Yellow Fieldcap (Bolbitius Titubans)