Hidden Away

Sunday, September 16th 2018

Something pink caught my eye, just where it should not be.  It was a Devil's Bit Scabious, pink instead of purple.

Pink Devil's Bit Scabious

Something else pink was hiding away, a Foxglove.  We usually find at least one in flower this late in the season.

Foxglove

Red Campion flowers in the Scrapes and over the last couple of years in some other places too.  It flowers early and sets seed quickly.  However along Risedale Beck some can still be seen.

Red Campion

Red is a colour associated with autumn and these Blackberry leaves certainly were red.

Blackberry leaves

Autumn sees a decrease in the number of flowers but, if the conditions are right, warm and damp, then the fungi begin to appear.  At the minute it does require a little more dampness, in other words - rain, but some fungi are beginning to develop their fruting bodies.  Puff Balls are growing in the woodland.

Puff Ball

I don't know the name of this fungi and am not even sure if this is what it should look like or if it has been fancily chewed around its edges, but I did think that it looked attractive.

An attractive fungus

If you are interested in finding out more about the fungi at Foxglove then there is a Fungal Foray on Wednesday 17th October.  More details on the Events page.

Looking at the forecast for the next ten days it is unlikely that there will be a visit to the Crater.  The wind speed is just too great. There was a lull yesterday and in almost perfect conditons some of the bird ringers raised the nets.  The Mipits are still arriving and 122 were ringed, along with a Goldfinch and nine Reed Buntings.  It was a good morning.  Thank you to everyone who helped.

Reed Bunting

 


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