I went to the Crags hoping to spot the Herald of Winter amongst the pines but yet again I didn’t find it – one day maybe! Instead I found my first Onygena corvina which was quite exciting, but at the time I wasn’t sure what it was and I thought it may be a Cordyceps species, so I asked Chris Yeates who identified it for me. It is a keratin-decomposing fungus that digests the fur and feathers contained in the droppings of vertebrate animals and I can tell you that this scat smelled absolutely awful.
Feather Stalkball (Onygena corvina) – in situ above and taken later at home below. Thank you Chris for the identification.
Conifer Conecap (Baeospora myosura) above and below.
Common Rustgill (Gymnopilus penetrans).
Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma – above and spores below.
Wrinkled Crust (Phlebia radiata).