Category Archives: Lockdown Diary

Familiar Territory

If you bird in the same area over many years you are bound to see some good birds; rarities and unexpected views, seasonal specialities and just birds you love. The odd thing is, you cannot help but check out a … Continue reading

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Timing is everything!

Decided to pop out before lunch to see if anything was on the sea. I went to a likely spot to find it cordoned off… apparently David Schwimmer was filming an Ad? So went down to Minnis Bay instead. Although … Continue reading

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Fall back…

If the summer of lockdown was characterised by the companionable song of the Blackbird, since the clocks went back it is now characterised by the slightly melancholy song of the Robin. I watch him calling from the fencepost each morning … Continue reading

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Last of the mushroms

Here are the last few identified mushrooms for East Blean Woods. Split Fibrecap Inocybe rimosa While I know its not an issue I am always reluctant to kick over a fungi fruiting body… luckily for me it had already happened … Continue reading

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Delightful Life

The more fungi I see the more I am fascinated by their variety of forms, colour, pattern and associated habitat. They are not as exciting to me as birds, but they have one massive advantage, they don’t fly off and … Continue reading

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Most wanted…

Ever since I was a small child I have wanted to see the mushrooms that were always depicted in fairy stories, usually with a pixie or two sitting crosslegged on top of one playing a flute or pan pipes. The … Continue reading

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Hedge of Dreams

Chambers Wall and the Fisherman’s Carpark there has several hedgerows framing footpaths. When I first discovered it many years ago I dubbed it the ‘hedge of Dreams’ because it turned up so may good birds. Just a few days ago … Continue reading

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Nature’s Life Cycles

I thought I had already blogged about all the fungi species I’ve seen… then I came across a couple of mis-filed photos. One is from our Foray at Stodmarsh a couple of weeks ago, where cleared paths and ditches reveal … Continue reading

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Elves & Fairies

…as promised the second part of our birding outing that was better for fungi. What is, to me, most astonishing, is that a week before we had walked around The Elms looking for fungi and found none at all. How … Continue reading

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Serendipity

Serendipity is the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. As I hinted in yesterday’s post, our birding turned out to be even better for fungi… finding something we weren’t looking for. When looking … Continue reading

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