"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Mammals, Fungi & Plants

Thought I do a brief post on the non-avian stuff from the past two days...Oh yeah...and post a picture of these Helmeted Guineafowl from the downs...

Anyway,  I'll kick off with Mammals.  Quite amazingly the first mammal 2014 was not a Muntjac and nor was it a Rabbit!  It was in fact a Chinese Water Deer running across the field south of the salting car park, Holme.  I've personally not seen much of this species within the patch and could probably count my sightings on one hand but they are becoming a regular feature.

Fungi wise we may have already turned up a first for Ringstead Downs and possibly even the recording area!  The fungi in question is Birch Polypore.  We don't get much Silver Birch in the area but a few miles south at Dersingham Bog it is extremely common.

And finally, I've noted six plants currently flowering - Herb Robert, Celery-leaved Buttercup, Daisy, Gorse, Bugloss and White Dead-nettle.


Birds - 92
Plants - 6
Mammals - 6 (+1 if you count Homo sapiens)
Fungi - 2
Moths - 1