Today I ventured out with fellow local birder (and supporter of inferior Black Country football teams) Mark P. Late morning, we headed out a few miles up the road to Eymore Wood.
As with our last visit there was no sign of any Crossbills but
♂& ♀ Bullfinch, Goldcrests, Coal Tits, Nuthatch and Treecreeper were all noted. We even heard a Tawny Owl calling at one stage.
The reservoirs were fairly quiet, although there was a flock of c. 30 Siskin feeding in the Alders at the edge of the lower reservoir. 40 Tufted Duck and a single Great-crested Grebe were noted on the reservoir its self. The larger upper reservoir was even quieter with the only note worthy birds being a Kingfisher that zipped across and 2 Cormorants.
The walk along the adjacent stretch of the River Severn proved productive though as there were 26 Mandarin Duck here. Some of the males were even getting frisky, chasing females and displaying. OK so I know these are a fairly recent edition to the British list since breeding colonies have established in the wild but I think they are a joy to see!
As you would imagine, the fungi was out in good numbers with Black Bulgar, False Chanterelle, Hairy Curtain Crust, Honey Waxcap and Slippery Jack all noted.
All in all an enjoyable few hours out.
Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum)
Honey Waxcap (Hygrocybe reidii)
Slippery Jack (Suillus luteus)
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