Today I had a change from the usual by going over the other side of Dalton to the beautiful gorge near to Majors Nursery. It wasn't long before I heard the chaffing of overhead Fieldfare and see-ipping of Redwing. Until disturbed they had been enjoying the berries being offered up by the mature hawthorns which lined part of the track. I could not help but think about the last time I had walked along this same section of track I had been observing a lovely male Common Redstart singing his song with the electro buzzing sound which he offers so splendid. This beauty for now long gone and keeping warm, somewhere down in the African continent.
Soon the beautiful gorge appears and from its sides you hear the calls from stray pheasants making communication with one another, for today they were the lucky ones who had escaped the shoot! I also saw a Green Woodpecker, but no yaffle was offered he was silent whilst clinging in vertical posture against his thin straight upright tree.
|Dog Lichen (Click over to enlarge)|
Now thinking about it, I had seen them several of times before whilst on areas of the Hutton Roof complex, but for some reason today those early memories had at first eluded me as to just what where they? You could not help thinking maybe they were some form of fungi! no, no, I quickly found out (thanks to a kind reminder from friend Mike V) that they were the Dog Lichen and of the family "Pettigera" and maybe of the variety (canina!).
|Cladonia (Click over to enlarge)|
|Cladonia - staghorn look 2" high|
|Baeomyces rufus I think!|
I have also included below a couple of photos of both the Cladonia with its "Golfers Tees" and another photo of the lovely hard fern (Blechnum spicant)
|Cladonia (click over to enlarge)|
|Hard Fern (Blechnum spicant)|