Monday 3rd August 2020
Wanting to try out a manual lens on the camera, I decided to visit a particular wood. I know there are toadstools around the area - if you know where to look. I've spent the last few years studying the most usual parts.
It was surprisingly calm here today. Quite often being a cool sharp wind the higher through the trees I venture.
There is an extremely noisy young bird high up in the trees. Probably a crow, although I maybe wrong - having regularly see a buzzard pair circling over the tree tops.
It is in between the ferns that my interest is concentrating at the moment, searching out those hidden toadstools. Indeed it has been quite fascinating to observe there are more of the Amanita genus than any other. The Blusher's are abundant. Most having been either eaten or damaged. The latter is either by dogs (who are often let of their leads), or by the local badger family.
There have always been a sett or two in these woods. This year there seems to have been considerable activity. Evidence of new entrances to the sets and claw marks where they've been digging up food. There are at least two setts - one on each side of the trail. It makes me wonder if there has been some extention building due to increasing additions to the badger household.
The other toadstool of this genus I found is also very common, and that is the Tawny Grisette. With a lovely warm brown colour to its dome shape something considerably smaller than a badger obviously likes these. Evidence of tiny teeth-like markings on the inner white flesh suggests a rodent of some kind (e.g mouse, rat, squirrel).
One day I may actually come out at night myself to observe the nocturnal wildlife.