Another day on the reserves and yet another dose of the great British weather. It was dull, overcast and drizzly so I decided to take a bit of shelter and undertake a walk in Hillditch Coppice.
I walked the wooded path that runs from Hillditch Lane down to Hillditch Pool overlooking the wet woodland. It proved quite a successful walk in terms of fungi as I added 4 more species to the list with Coral Spot, Jelly Ear, King Alfred's Cakes and more strangely The Deceiver. The Deceiver is a common woodland fungus and one I have seen many times but they usually occur between July and November. Seeing these two in January struck me as odd. Maybe it is indicative of the increasingly milder winters we are getting in the UK these days.
Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae)
King Alfred's Cakes (Daldinia concentrica)
The Deceiver (Laccaria laccata)
It was a worthwhile visit on the bird front too as I added Grey Wagtail to my year list for the site when I picked up one feeding in a damp area at the margins of the wet woodland.
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) - Distant record shot