Marsh tit, nesting nuthatches and slime molds

False puffball, 24 April 2015

On 24 April 2015, to nature reserves between Hilversum and ‘s-Graveland; where we saw this false puffball slime mold. Like the other photo in this blog post, this is a cell phone photo.

It was beautiful spring weather.

We arrived at Boekesteyn nature reserve.

A mallard.

A chaffinch sings. So does a blackcap.

A great tit.

A blackbird on a meadow.

A nuthatch.

A jay sitting on a branch.

A great spotted woodpecker.

A song thrush sings.

A white wagtail sits in a small tree, cleaning its feathers.

An Egyptian goose couple on a meadow.

Flowers as well: ground-ivy; lesser celandine; and cuckooflower.

A white stork standing on its nest on a treetop. Then, it sits down: only its head is still visible.

A goldfinch in a tree, then on the ground.

A brimstone butterfly.

In the woodland, a marsh tit, hanging upside down on a branch.

We pass what in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, before the coming of refrigerators, used to be the ice cellar of Schaep en Burgh estate. There, ice cut from the ponds in winter kept food cold. Now, the building is used by wintering bats. In 2014, eight Daubenton’s bats and three whiskered bats were seen spending the winter there.

Then, a nuthatch on a tree near a canal. It goes to a hole in the tree, and feeds another nuthatch. Very probably, its breeding partner in the nest.

Then, we find an old oak tree. It has been cut down. There are false puffballs on it.

False puffball, on 24 April 2015

False puffballs look like fungi, but belong to the slime molds, a separate group. Especially in spring, they grow on oak and other trees. They attract slime mold flies, Epicypta testata.

As we go back, a great cormorant flies overhead.

This brainless slime mold can learn and remember despite having no brain or neural tissues: here.

Fungi, wigeons, black swan

This 2016 video is called World Of Fungus Documentary – Molds And Fungus.

Sunday 21 October 2012.

To the park in the south-east of the city, to look for fungi.

Near the entrance, a ring-necked parakeet calls. Mallards and coots swimming.

And today’s first mushrooms in the grass: Psathyrella marcescibilis.

A carrion crow with food in its bill lands a bit further on the grass.

Wolf's milk, 21 October 2012

In a wooded part, a slime mold: wolf’s milk.

Bjerkandera fumosa fungus.

Another slime mold: Trichia scabra.

Then, Coprinus domesticus mushrooms.

Stereum hirsutum on a branch.

Clavulina cinerea

Then, a beautiful Clavulina cinerea on the forest floor.

Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa

After that, on a branch together: the slime mold Ceratiomyxa fructiculosa and common mazegill fungus.

Next, on the forest floor, a group of scaly wood mushrooms.

Crepidotus variabilis, Variable oysterling, 21 October 2012

Variable oysterlings on wood.

Thin Macrotyphula juncea fungi. Small frosty bonnets.

Jelly ear.

Dead man's fingers, 21 October 2012

Dead man’s fingers share a tree stump with candlesnuff fungus.

Candlesnuff fungus, 21 October 2012

Angel’s bonnet.

Xylaria longipes, 21 October 2012

Xylaria longipes, growing on a maple tree stump.

Broad-leaved helleborine orchid plants. Not flowering now.

Snapping bonnet. Bleeding fairy helmet.

Daedaleopsis confragosa, 21 October 2012

Daedaleopsis confragosa on a tree.

Alnicola scolecina.

Old World royal ferns. Cranberries grow as well in this marshy part. And the rare plants marsh cinquefoil and bog-bean.

Deceiver fungus.

Taphrina amentorum.

Daisies, still flowering.

Turkey tail fungus.

Oyster mushroom and Coprinellus disseminatus, 21 October 2012

On a tree stump, three species: oyster mushroom; Coprinellus disseminatus; and sulphur tuft.

A bit further, a tree, on which artist’s bracket fungi feed.

Meadow with domestic and Canada geese, 21 October 2012

On the meadow, mallard and wigeon ducks. Domestic geese, a few grey lag geese, Canada geese, and a lone black swan.

White saddle, 21 October 2012

Then, the forest near the old castle. White saddle fungus.

Earthy inocybe. Coprinellus micaceus.

This year, for the first time, nest boxes for tawny owls were put in the forest; resulting in a couple nesting successfully.

Also, the first nesting white stork couple this year.

In the grey heron colony, a spoonbill couple tried to nest; unsuccessfully.

Clavaria acuta.

A honey fungus.

Scaly earthball.

Stinking dapperling.

Pluteus salicinus, 21 October 2012

On a fallen tree: Pluteus salicinus.

Collared earthstar.

Ascocoryne sarcoides, 21 October 2012

Ascocoryne sarcoides.

Bjerkandera fumosa, 21 October 2012

Finally, Bjerkandera fumosa on a fallen tree trunk.

Good fungi year on Texel island: here.

Dutch coastal fungi: here.

Hygrophorus fungi: here.