Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)
Mon 9 Jan 2012 Inverawe
Mistle Thrush on Sycamore, from River Awe footbridge
Cormorants on fishing loch
Fri 13 Jan 2012 Inverawe
Lobaria amplissima, the scarcest of the 4 Lobaria species, is quite common at
Inverawe on Ash, but this one is on Hazel.
The same species again on Ash, parasitised by the fungus
Nectriopsis lecanodes, which turns the lichen black and covers it with pink
blobs. The lichen here lacks the cephalodia (brown bushy outgrowths) which
are so abundant in the previous picture. Possibly it has to put its energy
into fighting the fungus instead? Then again, it does have apothecia,
which the one above on hazel lacks.
Two fungi in a frozen beechwood, the Goblet, glistening with frost, and White
Brain Fungus on a fallen twig.
The Olive Oysterling, which is only olive when fresh and this
boring brown colour the rest of the time, sharing a Hazel branch with a
riot of lichens including Lobaria pulmonaria and Sticta fuliginosa.
Sat 14 Jan 2012 South Creagan
Another Olive Oysterling, on a fallen Oak with Peltigera horizontalis
The Brick Tuft, a relative of the much commoner
Sat 28 Jan 2012 Balindore
4 fungi on a patch of burnt Gorse. Nectria cinnabarina and Byssomerulius corium above. Peniopora incarnata and Tremella mesenterica below. T mesenterica, or Yellow Brain Fungus, feeds on the mycelium of P incarnata within the wood, and so is often found in the absence of the latter's fruitbodies.
Sun 29 Jan 2012 Taynuilt
A Great Spotted Woodpecker stabbing its bill into something soft for a change.
Tue 31 Jan 2012 Barcaldine
The Crystal Brain Fungus, Exidia nucleata. Similar to the
White Brain Fungus but contains small white "crystals". Shown to us by
Robert MacPherson on SNHG field trip. Next to it on the right is Black
Witches' Butter, Exidia glandulosa.
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