As well as hitting numbers 1103-1109 today with a few more mosses, fungi and a lichen it was nice to just have a slow walk around the square and even venturing outside it.
|Blushing Bracket [Daedaleopsis confragosa]|
There's quite a few Redwing around, no big flocks just groups of 1 to 10 in many of the hedgerows and woods, but no Fieldfare. Jays were another species rather conspicuous today with three different individuals seen, all presumably hunting acorns. A covey of Grey Partridge were in one of the arable fields
and about 40 Golden Plover flew over Beany Lane towards the field they are usually in these days on the opposite site of the A167.
|Golden Plover flying over|
The best thing was probably a late Hedgehog which may have been disturbed from it's chosen hibernation place as it scuttled across the road.I gave it a helping hand.
Previously, the best species since my last posting, though it's not saying much, but it was my 84th species of bird this year in the square, was a Red-legged Partridge. Which I have counted even though it's wild credentials are suspect at the very least.
It's already nearly dark these days before heading off to work and it is on my return, so my sightings will probably be only at weekends, at least until the Christmas holidays.
Finally, as I said I did wander out of the square and into the Hermitage Woods at one point. The big viaduct there which takes the main east coast trains was, I guess, built around the same time as the big one in the town centre, which was finished in 1868 apparently. Anyway, though probably only superficial, it's certainly looking it's age with bricks missing and cracks on all the arch supports. Presumably its structurally checked and safe even if it does look decidedly dodgy these days.