Stonechats and fungi


Today, to the beautiful surroundings of Wolfheze.

There is a walk there, called Jac. P. Thysse walk, after the famous early twentieth century Dutch conservationist.

We went from Wolfheze railway station to the Wolfheze heath.

Along the path, fly agaric, and other mushrooms.

Birch bracket fungus on a fallen birch tree.

Sparassia crispa fungus, growing underneath a coniferous tree.

A squirrel.

Porcelain fungus on a fallen tree.

A nuthatch looking for insects on a tree, head pointing downwards.

Honey fungus high up a dead tree.

A group of long-tailed tits.

We pass a famous old pine tree. It is centuries old. It finally fell down in 2006. However, as a big dead tree, it will still be useful for insects and other forest animals in the decades to come.

J.J. Cremer, the Woden oaks near Wolfheze, 1849

Then, more famous old trees: the so called Woden oaks. The name suggests that about 2000 years ago, ancient Germanic tribes worshiped their god Woden here. However, the trees are really from the 16th century. They are called Woden oaks only since the middle of the nineteenth century. They got their name from artists, who used to come here then to paint those ancient oaks and Wolfheze heath landscapes.

Then, we leave the forest, arriving at Wolfheze heath. Some common heather plants are still flowering, but most are finished.

A buzzard calling. A green woodpecker flying past.

Three stonechats sitting on the tops of low bushes. Every now and then, a short flight to catch insects.

We walk back.

A robin sitting on a fallen Woden oak.

Sulphur tuft fungus.

A male chaffinch on the footpath.