Saturday, 16 May 2009

Baby Starling

Every year starlings nest in our eaves. If we go into the loft we can hear them cheeping -feed me, feed me , feed me! This baby starling has been in our garden for a few days now using the flower pots and plants as cover, venturing out when its parents come to feed it. So vulnerable at this stage. It's so small and still has the yellow gape mouth.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Bracket Fungi

Walking through Keil's Den spotted a very good example of a bracket fungus. The individual caps were around 8-10inches. I find fungi difficult to identify and certainly wouldn't eat any that I found unless it had been identified as edible by an expert, however, I think this is Dryad's Saddle, so called because it looks like a seat for a dryad or wood-nymph.
Keil's Den is at its best at the moment, covered in bluebells and with the recent rain the vegetation is now lush and green.

Dryad's Saddle - Polyporus squamosus