Monday 19th December 2011 - Shenstone

I managed to get out and about around the patch for short while today between the heavy showers.

I started my visit at one of my favourite haunts...Tony's cafe, where I leisurely drank tea whilst watch 11 Siskin and  20 Goldfinch that were in an Alder at the edge of Captain's Pool....oh the joys of armchair birding.  Also of note on the still partially frozen pool were a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 8 Black-headed Gulls.

I then decided to pop from Captains over to At Willow Marsh Fishery at Shenstone.  The pools were also fairly iced over here.  The only birds of note were a single Grey Heron & 6 Black-headed Gulls on the Ice. In the trees surrounding the fishery were c.30 Fieldfare and c.40 Redwing 

On the way back I popped to Butts Lane but only managed a short walk as the weather was taking a turn for the worse.  Still it wasn't fruitless as I recorded 2 new species of fungi for the patch:  Bay Cap and Velvet Shank

Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes)

Bay Cap (Peziza badia)


  1. The fungi are beautiful, you could say, it is mouth watering.

  2. Still can`t find any Velvet Shanks up here, Jason. Mind you, i didn`t see any till January, last winter.

  3. Thanks Bob...carefull with what fungi you eat.... You don't want to end up with your mind in outer space!

    Dean - They are stunning fungi. Perhaps they are already fruiting here due to being that bit further south

  4. Good count on the Redwings Jase, considering there are virtually none about here!!

  5. Cheers warren..wait till you read how many I had in my next post