Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Clouded Magpie, Another First

Bird News: Ibsley Water - swift 2 at least amongst a flock of sand martins, 1 common sandpiper, 1 green sandpiper. Ivy Lake - kingfisher again seen regularly from north and south hides, little egret and hobby reported.
Best record of the day was a clouded magpie moth on the
wall of the Centre beside the moth trap, only the second I have ever seen and a first for the reserve.
Walking back to the Centre after opening the hides this morning we came across a large number of black fungi on the large fallen oak tree along the Dockens Water path. They developed through the very distinct phases and I got a picture of each. First they were rounded with a spiked out surface.
Then they opened out to a flat top.
Finally ending up in a brain-like black ball.
The species is called black bulgar and is apparently common, although I do not remember seeing it before.

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