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Archive for March, 2010

I’ve seen robins and wrens fighting about territory, magpies chasing each other and this jay bathing.

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It is definitely spring now. The variety of flowers about is increasing every day. I hope the cold and windy weather forecast this week is not about to flatten them or cause too many problems for the bumble bees that are feeding on them.

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Abney veteran trees that have become unbalanced by loss of their tops, or a one-sided branches, need to be made less lopsided by cutting back the other growth. The cut ends of the branches usually announce themselves by a blatant smooth cut. Abney is trying out a cut end that looks more like storm damage.

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My Sunday walk was full of the sound of a green woodpecker. It was way up in the trees so I couldn’t get a good photo, but it is such a distinctive call, like laughter, it was impossible to miss. This is the closest I got to it….

It is in there in the middle of the shot somewhere.

The other thing that caught my attention was a group of very young Glistening Inkcaps, Coprinellus micaceus.

The daffodils are beginning to come out more. There is a long way to go for a full spring display still.

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Most daffodils are still coming into bud, but these 2 are out early.

Most of Abney         

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It still feel very gray as if waiting for spring to start but small signs are there that change is coming.

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I had been told for a while by Russell Miller, that C. spelaiophila was growing in the old hollow trees. It is very rarely reported but apparently widespread according to the Basidiomycota British and Irish Checklist . I found it before in the hollow of a  cut section of  poplar trunk. This time I followed Russell’s directions and eventually found it, high up in the hollow of a veteran ash tree and, with the help of someone taller, managed to get it home for examination. Perhaps it is rarely reported as it grows inside hollow trees and not easily found?

Link to Coprinopsis spelaiophila notes.

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