The woods looked very open without there being much foliage and the stream was full but running clear. My first delight was to see a pair of Grey Wagtails flushed from a swirling pool in the stream running through a deeply cut section.
Many spring flowers were blooming thanks to the open aspect of the leafless trees – Dog's Mercury, Lesser Celandines, Alternate-leaved Saxifrage and a few late Primroses.
Fungi were abundant and highly visible –
Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) ascending dying trees, King
Alfred's Cakes (Daldinia concentrica ) on fallen branches and a new one for me on a
piece of cut and trimmed sycamore trunk lining the footpath, Tripe
Fungus (Auricularia mesenterica)
|Tripe Fungus (Auricularia mesenterica)|
Out on the cliffs I was treated to a display of two soaring and circling Buzzards and near Hawker's Hut, a swift visit from a Peregrine Falcon. Herring Gulls, Jackdaws, Dunnocks and Magpies were all seen in pairs and at St Morwenna's and St John's Church, the Rookery was busy with 17 rooks repairing their old nests.
|Buff-tailed Bumble Bee|
It was tempted to put out my moth trap for the first time overnight but with a negative result. All the moths had stayed in bed.