The Whitlingham Bird Report for 2016 is now available to download here.

The previous reports are also availble: 2015 here,
2014 report here and the 2013 report here. Thanks to everyone who has contributed sightings, information and photos to these reports.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2016, which is available here.

NORTH NORFOLK: Felbrigg fungi

30th October 2015

I was in North Norfolk to drop Cathy off in Tuttington, so I called in at Felbrigg Hall to have a look for fungi. Felbrigg is one of the best sites in the county for Waxcaps, and the only place in Norfolk that the rare Pink Ballerina has been recorded. I didn't find any of those, but I did see Scarlet, Parrot, Golden, Meadow and Snowy Waxcaps. The rarest species I saw was a tiny parasitic fungus that turns the gills of Snowy Waxcaps a purple colour. Provided that this record is accepted from a photo then it will be the 4th Norfolk record. A pale yellow club fungus was probably Apricot Club, although it requires microscopy to be sure. There was no sign of any Mandarins on the lake, but there were a couple of Little Grebes, plus 34 Tufted Ducks and some Gadwall.

 Scarlet Waxcap
 Paecilomyces marquandii on Snowy Waxcap
Putative Apricot Club (or Yellow Club)

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