Monthly Archives: January 2013

Egg Collector

Keep your eyes open for this fellow.
Terrence Potter from West Yorkshire.
He is a convicted egg collector and you may well see him on your travels. This follows an earlier report on the Bird Blog – we now have his picture.

2013-01-31T09:33:00+00:00January 31st, 2013|0 Comments

An Amazing Historical Discovery

Pithya vulgaris

Further to previous posts on the blog regarding the fungi found on recycled Christmas trees at Ogden Water we now have fairly conclusive evidence that the fungi are in fact Pithya vulgaris – a species considered extinct in Britain since 1888. It was first described in 1870 and recorded on just one occasion in Britain.The specimens from Ogden are now at Kew Gardens awaiting confirmation and we are expecting a reply some time today.

2013-01-30T11:16:00+00:00January 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Help Save The Bees

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2013-01-29T12:56:00+00:00January 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Green Woodpecker

One was calling a little in the oakwood below Albert Promenade as I walked up Woodhouse Lane yesterday at dusk.

2013-01-27T13:56:00+00:00January 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Ogden Water. 23.01.13

I had walk to check on Bruce’s orange fungi, he located on the  05/01/2013, (please see Bruce’s previous blog).  I did find Lachnellula subtilissima, before I discovered (which we now know) is Fir Disco (Pithya vulgaris).
 Lachnellula subtilissima

Fir Disco (Pithya vulgaris)

2013-01-23T20:51:00+00:00January 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Heralds in Bare Head tunnel.

Some of the nooks and crannies in the tunnel go back further than arm’s length making it impossible to get close to some of the moths with the camera so I was quite happy with this image on full zoom.
The pair below were hibernating above our heads on the ceiling at around 7 feet up.
2013-01-23T09:17:00+00:00January 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Meet the Boss!

This is a resident Mandarin duck, Aix galericulata, that lives with a raft of  Mallards. It is a feisty male, that fights for it’s share of food, that is usually thrown over by local residents. It has a great personality and definitely thinks he’s the ring leader, I just wish he could find a suitable partner. It can be seen on Cragg Brook, below the foot bridge, between The Shoulder of Mutton and Streamside Close, Mytholmroyd, on most days. 

2013-01-20T22:17:00+00:00January 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Park Wood, Elland 17.1.2013

We went to the White Jelly-ear site today. Despite a freezing day and snow lying in places, there were some fascinating things to see. The snow helps by reflecting light and making things easier to see.
A gall about 15cm – 6 inches high on Elder (Sambucus)

Cramp Balls or King Alfred’s Cakes Daldinia concentrica

A crust fungus – Elder Whitewash  Hyphodontia sambuci 
It looks exactly as if applied by brush, except it can be found 
underneath loose bark.

Another crust – black as tar  – on oak
Possibly Common Tarcrust Diatrype stigma

A big mass of old, frozen Bay Polypore – Polyporus durus
found by Alison Galbraith on a fallen log of an unidentifiable deciduous tree.

Only identified after it thawed out at home. Short stems black at the base.

The pores much channeled by fly larvae. 
19cm wide (7.5inches) – the largest of these three caps.

2013-01-17T23:34:00+00:00January 17th, 2013|0 Comments
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