Birds and fungi

Near the railway station of Santpoort Noord is a pond. Today, there were an Egyptian goose, a moorhen, coots and mallards there.

A bit further is the entrance to Duin en Kruidberg nature reserve.

This video is called Mycology.

Fungi on fallen logs near the entrance, Including Panellus serotinus; turkey tail; wolf’s milk; and Merulius tremellosus.

A bit further, yellow brain. And jelly ear.

A bit further, near a tree trunk: candlesnuff fungus and golden needle mushroom (see also here).

Sounds of buzzards calling.

One of the items currently before the American Ornithologists’ Union’s North American Checklist Committee (NACC) is a proposal to split Old World and New World forms of the Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) into separate species. The AOU’s South American Checklist Committee (SACC) passed a very similar proposal last year, and the IOC followed suit shortly thereafter. I expect the NACC will pass the proposal this year, and the Clements list will follow, so let’s look at some of the reasons for this split — and the touchy subject of English names for the New World species: here.