Friday 4th November 2011 - Shenstone

Today I was feeling a lot brighter after my recent bout of the I decided to grab a couple of hour's fresh air and visit the patch.

I started my visit at Stanklyn Lane where I was greeted by 2 Mistle Thrushes in the paddocks.  Whilst scanning the beet field, a flock of 35 Lapwing flew over heading South East.  Also of note were 22 Skylarks that were wheeling about over the usually dead field opposite.

Heath Lane was painfully quiet with only a single Meadow Pipit and 2 Greenfinch of note, so  I decided to head over to Witch Lane.

I didn't fare any better birdwise at this location with a single Cormorant flying South being the only note worthy individual.  

I then decided to walk the tree lined public footpath to scan the back fields...still no birds but it proved fruitful all the same.  The recent damp wet weather had helped a number of fungi to shoot up.  Along this stretch I encountered six different species fungi, so far I have only managed to i.d. three:  Wood Blewit, Verdigris agaric and White Milking Bonnet.  So this little walk was quite just shows that it pays some times to go off the beaten track and take the mycenic route (I know, poor pun!) 

Wood Blewit (Lepista Nuda)

White Milking Bonnet (Mycena galopus var. candida)


  1. Good to hear you felt well enough to venture out, Jason.
    Great fungi pics.

  2. Thanks Dean...yeah it was great to get some fresh air again.

    As for the fungi...its filling in the gaps during the current quiet birding times rather nicely. Fungi are not my strong point but I do enjoy trying to identify them.

  3. Good to be out again eh Jase :-) Still not very wintery out there though is it ;-)

  4. I'm glad that you are out again, and it is full of beautiful mushroons.