Today I decided to concentrate on the patch's accessible bodies of water. There are areas on the patch that are private and un-viewable such as Stanklyn Pool...who knows what gets on there!
I started at Captains pool on the northern edge of the patch. Here I noted 22 Black-headed Gulls and the usual Mallards & Moorhens. Whilst scanning the wooded edges of the pool I just caught a glimpse of a small bird diving. A few seconds later it popped back up, it was a Little Grebe. Result! this is only the second record of Little Grebe on Captains in 2011.
I then headed over to the south side of the patch to check out Willow Marsh Fishery. I usually view the birds dropping in at the fishery from Witch Lane but I have recently discovered that there is a public footpath that runs through it accessible from Curslow Lane. The fishery is only open weekends this time of year, so there is always a chance of something interesting. There was little of excitement here today however but I still recorded 5 Cormorants, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard and 3 Redwing. There was also a nice Shaggy Ink Cap fungi along the footpath.
My final stop was on Witch Lane where I walked the 'fungi footpath'. I know, it's another of my daft names but this semi-wooded footpath is where the highest concentration and variety of fungi are found on the patch. Birdwise I only noted 11 Fieldfare and a single Jay. I did however record another new species of fungi for the patch, Common Rustgill. Also of interest was a small burrow I found with loads of part eaten fruit outside the entrance. It looked like the flesh had been discarded but the seeds eaten, leading me to believe it belongs to a Wood Mouse as opposed to a Bank Vole. I've attached a photo if anyone agrees or disagrees please say.
Common Rustgill (Gymnopilus penetrans)
Shaggy Ink Cap (Coprinus comatus)
Wood Mouse Burrow (and signs of activity)