|One of a number of snow damaged trees in South Burn Woods|
Apart from a few Siskin there was very little about, so I headed off. I spotted a few winter-fruiting fungi that were on show, Variable-coloured Bracket Fungi, Birch Polypore and Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes)
|Velvet-shanks in Fell-edge Wood|
and masses of lichens forming a 'mini-forest', most being Oakmoss - Evernia prunastri.
Part of the Lichen Forest in South Burn Wood, with a close up of Oakmoss below
On the fell, things were just as quiet, all the pools were frozen and birds were few and far between. In fact it was dead. At one point walking over the Daisy Hill reclaimed area, the only birds I saw were three Carrion Crows in a mile and a half stretch. On the rest apart from a few Redwing and a fly over Great Spotted Woodpecker, there was nothing else of note seen at all. I walked on, past the patch of planted Juniper which are coming on very well and unaffected by the weather, then headed back along Waldridge Road. Carrying on the dead day, a small Red Fox was lying dead by the side of the road, having been hit by a passing car a day or two ago by the looks of it. On the homeward stretch earlier than I thought, but the large patch of Gorse near the village had most of the bushes with a few flowers on reminding me it will not be too long before spring.
|One for Sorrow |
This Magpie was one of the few birds seen today