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Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year Bird Count at North Dean Woods

The walk to commorate Colin Duke, to look for his favourite fungi, and to raise money for Overgate Hospice by counting bird species, took place in varying types of rain !

From hardly raining at all, to a drenching shower with sleet mixed in; it made the greens and browns of a temperate rain forest shine out of the gloom!

The walk was cut down by about half because we were all drenched, there was a youngster with us, and the stream in Norland Clough would have been a raging torrent. The Calder and the Black Brook were well swollen.

Black-headed Gull
Mistle Thrush singing in the rain
Feral Pigeon
Kestrel, a female down in the drive at Clay House. Possibly eating an earthworm.
Carrion Crow
Mallard       = 14   =  Raised so far approximatley £68.50 for Overgate Hospice

Earth ball - warty type Scleroderma
 "         "      smooth
Jelly Ear  Auricularia auricula-judae - great quantities
Pale Oyster - an large colony on a fallen beech
Bonfire Scalycap - Pholiota highlandensis
Poisonpie - Hebeloma crustuliniforme ?
Candlesnuff Fungus (Stag's Horn)
Small Oysters poss. 1. Creditopus luteolus (Young and still white on a fallen branch.)
also    "        "  poss. 2 .C. variabilis (on leaf debris and clinging on a live bramble.)

Very impressive was a mass of jelly fungus encircling the base of a small dead oak. It was the same colour as A. auricula-judae, but stacked up in masses of tightly curled lobes, like a ruffle collar.
Will try and get a photo this week. At first tentatively identified as Tripe Fungus A.mesenterica, I now think it fits more with Beech Jellydisc Neobulgaria pura var. foliacea, which Philips has as "rare". p.371 in the 2006 edition of "Mushrooms".


  1. A good effort in such bad conditions.

  2. Steve.....can I send you a cheque from Sue and I to top this up to £100 for the Hospice ?

    Paul Talbot

  3. ditto ..... and a top up from me too if a cheque is possible. Well done. Sorry I couldn't attend.

    Nigel Oliver

  4. Hi,
    Thank you everybody.
    You can send cheques either directly to
    Overgate Hospice
    30, Hullen Edge Rd
    West Yorkshire
    HX5 0QY

    Or to me Steve Blacksmith
    40, Dudwell Lane
    Halifax HX3 0SD - cheques made out to Overgate Hospice.
    I will deliver all cash and cheques
    by Jan. 14th.