Monday, 24 January 2011
Monday 24th January 2011
The corner orchard was being pruned when I arrived at work this morning and then the windbreaks were flayed so as I expected it was pretty bird less by lunchtime. The pruning has also involved knocking the apples from the trees that the Waxwings were feeding on so I suspect they won't return. I made my way to Ditton Court Quarry, picking up 5x Siskins in the alders just N of Ditton Lab. The quarry was as usual; Fieldfares, a lone Redwing, a couple of Bullfinches, vocal GS Woodpecker, Jays and Magpies and 'charming' Goldfinches.
I noted what looked to be 14x Bee Orchid rosettes in a part of the quarry I've not seen them before and also an interesting bracket fungus, but I have no idea what it is (Greenie?).
The tree it was growing on was covered with lichen, moss, fungus and bugs - a micro world.