Highgate Common 30.11.14

Beautiful day today on Highgate Common. got to see a new spider, and also a new fungi (which I’m still waiting for the ID on).

Really sunny and warm November day….

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First thing I noticed was this female Kestrel sunning herself!

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Yet again one of the Insect Signs produced a photo opportunity, giving me a new Spider species. Although common this is the first time I’ve seen an Invisible Spider (Drapetisca socialis)……

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Sulphur Tuft and Candle Snuff fungus….

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New Fungi…as yet unidentified, but I do love the beauty of the underside of this fungi….

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Yet another Northern Winter Moth.

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Although not a new species its the first time I’ve seen this caterpillar, which was a highlight today. Also for me, a late find of a Caterpillar of any sort at the end of November. Love the close up of the head. It was certainly munching away at the Heather. This is a Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)….

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Seven Spot Ladybird and a unidentified Spider sharing a bit of the same Heather…

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I think I’ve been spotted. Very hard to creep up on a Common Buzzard…..

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Really enjoyed my walk today!

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Highgate Common 29.11.14

Two new species seen today, and a small number of Redwings over. Where are those winter birds???

First new species is a Common Striped Woodlouse...

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Second new species is a Springtail….

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Also found another Strawberry Snail…

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All above were found under a burnt log, which the Wardens had felled a couple of weeks ago. There were even more species, but way to fast for me, soon vanished. Life soon returns, even to a item like a burnt dead log….

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i think this is Mycena Bonnet….

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Foxglove…

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Tree Slug….

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I think this is the early stage of Toothpaste Mould…

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Found another Northern Winter Moth…

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To finish off today a selection of the birds i photographed on my walk. Goldcrest, Robin, Wren and a Treecreeper looking under some lichen for breakfast

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Highgate Common 28.11.14

Enjoyed my walk over The Common today.  Observed 3 new specimens, 2 Fungi/Mold, and one new Invertebrate. Also got to see a Redpoll, and photographed my 1st Reed Bunting on Highgat

Tree Damsel Bug, note it was on one of the insect signs again…..

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This fungi i nearly passed, being so small, i thought it was bird faeceses. Its called…..

Myxomycetes…..

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At the moment this Fungi/Mould is unidentified. At first glance i didn’t realise there was any sought of texture to it, even when i observed close up, still looked flat with my eyes. Wasn’t till i looked at the results of the Macro lens, that i was amazed at how it really looked,loved the hairy area at the bottom…..

Unidentified Fungi/Mold….

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My 1st record photo of a Reed Bunting on Highgate Common….

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A selection of the other birds from my walk today. Blackbird, Blue Tit, Coal Tit and of course a Robin.

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