Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)

Mon 9 Jan 2012 Inverawe

Turdus viscivorus

Mistle Thrush on Sycamore, from River Awe footbridge

Phalacrocorax carbo

Cormorants on fishing loch

Phalacrocorax carbo

Fri 13 Jan 2012 Inverawe

Lobaria amplissima

Lobaria amplissima, the scarcest of the 4 Lobaria species, is quite common at Inverawe on Ash, but this one is on Hazel.

Nectriopsis lecanodes on Lobaria amplissima

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.

Pseudoclitocybe cyathiformis   Exidia thuretiana

Two fungi in a frozen beechwood, the Goblet, glistening with frost, and White Brain Fungus on a fallen twig.

Panellus serotinus

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

Panellus serotinus

Another Olive Oysterling, on a fallen Oak with Peltigera horizontalis
and Lobaria pulmonaria

  Hypholoma lateritium

The Brick Tuft, a relative of the much commoner
Sulphur Tuft, on a stump, probably Oak or Birch.

Sat 28 Jan 2012 Balindore

Nectria cinnabarina   Byssomerulius corium

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.

Peniophora incarnata   Tremella mesenterica

Sun 29 Jan 2012 Taynuilt

Dendrocopos major

A Great Spotted Woodpecker stabbing its bill into something soft for a change.

Tue 31 Jan 2012 Barcaldine

Exidia nucleata

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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