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August 2013

posted 19 Sept 2013, 04:41 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 19 Sept 2013, 04:52 ]

Some exciting news - following from my last post about the little grebes nest building on the ponds near Leomansley House, well the eggs have now hatched! So there are now some little little grebes swimming around! Hopefully they will survive, although it is late in the breeding season for parents to be raising young. Regarding some of the other bird news - Bob Russon managed to spot and photograph a juvenile kestrel near to the Green. You can often see kestrels in the winter months feeding on the Green, but they tend to disappear over the summer - presumably nesting and feeding elsewhere. So it is good to know that at least the kestrels are successfully breeding in the vicinity.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group
Parasol mushroom

A sign that Autumn is on the way, is the emergence of some fairly large parasol mushrooms (I think - not being an expert on these things!). They are quite common and and have a double - edged ring around the stem, which in turn is quite scaly. They are edible, however they can be confused with the not so edible shaggy parasol! So personally I would tend to leave them where they are!


The blackberries are ripening in profusion as are many of the Autumn fruits. So if you feel like helping yourself to nature's larder, then now is the time to do so! A spot of blackberry and apple crumble - now that sounds good!