Fungi at Holkham

Today Brenda and I had a walk at Lady Anne’s Drive. Looking over the flooded field areas we saw a solitary great egret and a couple of red kites, plus the usual very large numbers of wigeon and teal. We headed for the beach and then straight out to the shoreline. There were sanderling skittering about as they usually do and a flock of about 50 Brent geese.

Holkham beach – I’m intrigued to know more about this single stump!

We then headed to an area that’s roped off in winter to try to minimise disturbance to the wintering snow buntings and shorelarks. Brenda was delighted when we managed to see 5 or 6 shorelarks and a couple of snow buntings. I’m certainly having a good year for both these species.

We headed into the strip of pines that runs from Wells to Holkham, partly as a bit of shelter from the wind. Here we found some fallen branches and interesting fungi.

I am finding it impossible to identify the fungi we are seeing: Maybe this is a goal for 2024!

As we headed back to the car skeins of pink-footed geese were coming in to roost, as they do all winter. A wonderful spectacle.

Brenda writes: “There was just one moth in the trap today and, to my surprise, it was not a December but a micro. Like the light brown apple, the rusty-dot pearl (udea ferrugalis) flies all year. I last saw it back in September.

rusty-dot pearl

In the afternoon we had a very windy walk on Holkham beach. After patient scanning of the scrub we were rewarded with good views of a little flock of shorelark and  couple of snow bunting, my first this year. Cutting back through the pines there were some amazing ‘tree skeletons’ covered in grass and lichen.”

A tree “skeleton” in the pinewoods

No new species for November 21st:

Birds = 228
Moths = 256
Wildflowers = 290