Monday, 6 December 2010

Adel Dam Nature Reserve

On Sunday afternoon we jumped on the bus to Goldenacre Park, how cold it was or rather how cold I was, words cannot convey. Discomfort aside we headed for Adel Dam, a local Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve. The Marsh Hide feeders were busy with smaller woodland birds including of a pair of Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Robin, Blue Tits, Long Tail Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, along with a sorry looking Magpie, Blackbird, a pair of Moor Hen, and 6 Squirrels, though sadly no sign of the Great Spotted Woodpecker today.



From the second hide, overlooking Adel Dam, only the far reaches of the dam remained unfrozen, kept clear by the current of the inflowing Adel Beck. An assortment of footprints were visible across the frozen surface.


From the left, flying low, heading directly for the unfrozen patch of water zipped the electric blue of a Kingfisher, our first ever sighting of the bird here at Adel Dam. This pic is taken at a distance, but its plumage colouration is unmistakable, it perched here for a few minutes before heading off, hopefully with better luck elsewhere, according to the RSPB website they're particularly vulnerable to hard winters. 


As the Kingfisher made its exit, on the far bank we could just make out the profile of a Roe Deer, well camouflaged amongst the snow and bare branches.

 

Having endured enough of the cold temperatures made worse by sitting still in the hide for a few minutes, we followed the woodland trail back through the reserve and found this fungi.  I'm guessing its Pleurotus sp. Buff coloured, convex cap, the gills are cream coloured and decurrent, growing in abundant clumps on a deciduous stump. Any help with the ID would be greatly appreciated.






4 comments:

  1. Beautiful photographs.
    Have a great week.
    Costas

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  2. Lovely photos of the fungus! So pleased you saw the Kingfisher, stunning birds! Pam

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  3. Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), Linda? Lovely pictures of the fungus and I really would like to get a decent picture of a bullfinch.

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  4. Hello Costas, thanks very much, hope you have a good week too.

    Hello Pam, thanks, yes its the first sighting of the kingfisher at Adel Dam. I remembered reading that you'd seen it before. Its a lovely little spot isn't it.

    Hello Emma, thanks for your help with the ID, that's what I was leaning towards, so I'm pleased with that.

    Best wishes everbody

    Linda

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