My first Chiff-chaff of the year turned up in Sunnybank wood Todmorden this afternoon.
Also first Meadow Foxtail grass (Alopecurus praetensis) in flower. This grass is always the first one to flower in Todmorden and invariably occurs the last week in March, closely followed by Sweet Vernal (Anthoxanthum odoratum) after a week or two. Anyone wishing to know grasses should start at this time of year when you are guaranteed to get the identity correct of two of them!
Mar 29th River Watch Day. A chance to see Otter and Kingfisher whilst counting wildlife throughout the day. Meet up after to collate lists in a warm hostelry. Plan your picnic in advance. Meet in the Anglers car park at 10:30 am
And on March 30th (Sunday) Amphibian watch day. Meet at Cromwell Bottom N.R. at 10:30 to look at all the ponds.
Pinecone Cap (Strobilurus tenacellus) – above and below.
Spores hyaline, ellipsoid and smooth. 5-6.5 x 2.5-3.5 microns.
Cheilocystidia pointed and encrusted above the hymenium.
Snowy Disco (Lachnum virgineum).
Oak Mazegill (Daedalea quercina) – above and below.
Fringed Polypore (Polyporus ciliatus). Cap above and pores with a visitor below.
The pores are very fine and small.
Lumpy Bracket (Trametes gibbosa) – above and two below.
The top of the bracket.
You can see the threads of mycelium on the left hand side of the log. This part was submerged underneath some woody debris and leaf litter.
Pine Needle Split (Lophodermium pinastri) – above and below.
Spores hyaline, covered by gelatinous sheaths which you can see faintly around the spores. One end pointed, the other end rounded. 70-88 x 1.5 -2 microns. I have no idea at all what the pip shaped spores are but I found hundreds of them. They were hyaline and smooth 3.3-4.5 x 2-2.5 – any suggestions would be welcome.
Heteromycophaga glandulosae on Witches’ Butter (Exidia glandulosa) attached to oak (Quercus. sp). The galls themselves are very tough compared to the gelatinous, soft bodies of the Exidia.
Hyphae with clamp connections. Conidia oblong with drops. 7-10 x 2.5-3.5 microns.
Beech Tarcrust (Biscogniauxia nummalaria)
Reticularia lycoperdon a species of myxomycete. It resembles a piece of bubble gum to me.
Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) on a fallen Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) log.
When I saw this at first I had no idea what it was. It was completely desiccated but I took some home and rehydrated it and it turned out to be Phlebiopsis gigantea on Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris).
Rehydrated specimen photographed the following day and what a complete transformation.
Lamproystidia awl shaped and densely encrusted beyond the hymenium.
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Scarlet Elfcup (Sarcoscypha austriaca) looking quite tatty after something had been nibbling them.
Common Tarcrust (Diatrype stigma).
Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma on Willow (Salix caprea).
Peroneutypa scoparia on Elder (Sambucus nigra) – a new one to me.
Asci 8-spored, no reaction in Lugol. Ascospores pale brown, smooth curved , 2-guttulate. 4.5-6.6 x 1-2 microns
Glistening Inkcap (Coprinellus micaceus).