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Posts Tagged ‘Wildlife’

xSpring is starting to spring

The sun keeps tempting us out here in Rosedale and its all starting to happen. Frogspawn is a sure sign that Spring is starting. Lots in the ponds on the edge of the old railway line. This lovely Round-leaved crowfoot Ranunculus omiophyllus is also showing itself up there in acidic pools. Attractive green scalloped leaves that float on the water with tiny white star-like flowers. Updale Natural History Recorder

Frogspawn sharing the pool with Round-leaved crowfoot

Frogspawn sharing the pool with Round-leaved crowfoot

Round-leaved crowfoot, Ranunculus omiophyllus

xFabulous Fungi in Rosedale

Some spectacular fungus out there just now. Yellow Brain fungus Tremella mesenterica, is hard to miss, its golden yellow looking so unnatural. Jelly Ear fungus Auricularia auricula-judae is perhaps less obvious but is just beautifully formed in a rich brown. Both are jelly-like and found on dead or decaying trees. Updale Natural History Recorder

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Yellow Brain fungus on decaying Ash tree

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Jelly Ear fungus on decaying Elder tree

 

xWe could be on the right side of winter

To hear the curlews back in the dale early this morning was fantastic.  This doesn’t herald Spring but we know we are now on the right side of Winter.  That distinct bubbling call is such a welcome sound in February.  The golden plover are also back on the moor and have been for a couple of weeks but only in the last few days have they been displaying and calling in flight.  A great place to see and hear both is up on the moor at Rosedale East on the bridleways heading north from the railway line above Dale Head Farm Tea Garden.  Updale Natural History Recorder

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Curlew

Golden plover

Golden plover

xFascinating fungi

Some stunning fungi to look out for at the moment here in Rosedale. This magnificent Parasol Macrolepiota procera and this tiny club fungus Golden Spindle Clavulinopsis fusiformis are just a couple of examples up on the edge of the moor on the old railway line. Remember, unless you really know your stuff treat all fungi as poisonous. Updale Natural History Recorder

Parasol

Parasol

Golden spindle

Golden spindle

xA sweet reminder

It was some weeks ago now that a lady rang to say she had robins nesting in the tree trunk in her garden. Her enthusiasm was infectious. We watched. They gathered food. One oblivious to our presence on the lady’s bench, the other a little wary. We watched. They fed their young. We watched. One came and went, the other hesitated, there usually being just the lady on that bench. The lady enjoyed those two robins feeding their young so close to her on that bench. She sat each day, the sun beaming down, the robins busying themselves around her. That lady was Brenda Bowes. Updale Natural History Recorder

Fearless parent

Fearless parent

Wary parent

Wary parent

Nest with young tucked behind pansies

Nest with young tucked behind pansies

xSpectacular fungus

Found this beautiful Jelly ear fungus here in the dale this week. Also known as Judas’s ear fungus, Auricularia auricula-judae and commonly found on the elder tree. The story goes that Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus hanged himself on an elder tree. It resembles the human ear and is rubbery in texture. It ranges from purple to brown through to almost black as it ages.  Updale Natural History Recorder

Jelly ear fungus, Auricularia auricula-judae

Jelly ear fungus, Auricularia auricula-judae