Last night was a definite bonus as I headed out for a walk while looking for evidence of any bird migration. As I returned home empty-handed I noticed a movement on the rocks below me and jammed into a Common Sandpiper. I've heard calls a couple of times that made me think Common Sand, but never laid eyes on the beast. In all probability these were different birds anyway with passage birds fairly common along the coastal rocks here but never hanging around for long. It's a nice one to catch though as it's an "importance of being there" kind of species. You blink, you miss it.
After grilling some mushrooms for three days -a long time for grilling mushrooms - I finally found what I was looking for in the Collins mushrooms and toadstools guide. An unlikely but welcome result! The Wood Woollyfoot is a fairly distinctive species but despite narrowing it to family my eyes apparently just missed the appropriate pictures every time. Anyway, it's all done now. Phew!
Throwaway factoid: 1 in every 4.5 species has been a lifer for me - not a bad return!
Fife's new blowfly...
|Pollenia pediculata - Hairy-armpit Clusterfly|
|The easiest keying ever|
|The woolly foot|
|821||Torilis japonica||Upright Hedge Parsley|
|822||Angelica sylvestris||Wild Angelica|
|823||Sonchus arvensis||Perennial Sow-thistle|
|824||Lycoperdon perlatum||Common Puffball|
|825||Clitocybe gibba||Common Funnel|
|826||Mycena galopus||Milking Bonnet|
|827||Plagiomnium undulatum||Hart's-tongue Thyme-moss|
|828||Galeopsis tetrahit||Common Hemp-nettle|
|829||Tubaria furfuracea||Scurfy Twiglet|
|830||Chrysogaster solstitialis||A hoverfly|
|831||Larus argentatus||Herring Gull|
|832||Achanthiptera rohrelliformis||A muscid fly|
|833||Pollenia pediculata||Tufted Clusterfly|
|834||Scleroderma citrinum||Common Earthball|
|835||Collybia peronata||Wood Woollyfoot|
|836||Actitis hypoleucos||Common Sandpiper|