Today I decided to meet up with Mark P on his local patch (well I think it is...the boundaries seem ever changing!). Anyway jesting aside, we had decided to meet up to undertake a fungi foray at Mount Segg. Mark had been there the previous day and seen some interesting species and knowing that I become a bit of amateur mycologist this time of year invited me over to do this walk.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the area, Mount Segg is located between Stone, Harvington and Blakedown. It is a sandstone hillock that is wooded on it's slopes with a small area of heathland on it's summit.
The lower slopes were fairly unproductive but as we were about a third of the way from the summit the leaf litter and path side grassy areas became much more productive. Here we noted Amethyst Deceiver, Common Puffball, The Deciever, Earth Ball, Lilac Bonnet, Ochre Brittlegill and Purple Brittlegill. The highlight in this area was a single Fly Agaric which was, as usual, in close proximity to some Silver Birch trees. This was a new species for Mark on his patch and a pleasant surprise for myself as I wasn't expecting any here.
At the summit area Mark pointed out a massive Penny Bun (Cep) that he had found the previous day and I discovered a small group of Brown Birch Bolettes.
Birdlife was thin on the ground and the only notables were a 'kronking' Raven and 2 Jays. A single Hornet was noted near Barnett Brook and 2 Shaggy Inkcap fungi were along the footpath near Deansford Lane.
It was interesting to catch with Mark and share some of his patch wildlife with him and we had a fine selection of fungi to boot. I wonder what I may have missed at Shenstone today? very little I should guess with how quite Worcestershire has been on the bird front this Autumn!
Welcome to Shenstone Birder. The aim of this blog is to share my wildlife experiences from places that I visit in search of fauna and flora.
This blog has evolved from what was my local patch blog 'Shenstone Birder'. All Shenstone Birder posts will remain on this blog as the serve as an historic record of species recorded within that area (Shenstone, Stone, Summerfield and Captains Pool)