Blue Tit (5) , Jay (5) , Great Spotted Woodpecker (4) , Robin (5) , Nuthatch (2) , Magpie (8) , Wren (4) , Great Tit (5) , Dunnock (1) , Wood Pigeon (11) , Green Woodpecker (2) , Pheasant (7) , Kestrel (1) , Chiffchaff (1) , Rook (2) , Starling (11) , and Grey Heron (1) . I would have got a nice shot of the Kestrel , only the Carrion Crow chased it off as soon as it alighted on the telephone pole . Along the back lane , the Wild Hops which were clambering over everything in the hedgerow , have now grown to full size . Along side the horse field , the Horse Chestnut has dropped most of it's conkers , and with them , most of it's leaves , leaving it's 'sticky buds' open to the elements , waiting for next spring . The weather on the second half of the walk improved significantly , and by the time I reached home , it was quite warm , and every Ivy that was in flower , had good numbers of Honey Bees and Hover Flies feeding on the nectar .
After lunch , I toyed with the idea of doing Fackenden Down in the sunshine , but already clouds were starting to build from the South West , so I settled for a look up on Hayes Common . The first thing I saw on the heathland area , was a flock of about 10/15 Long Tailed Tits , noisily working their way along the trees and Gorse alongside the road . Apart from them it was very quiet , but I did find a variation of the Fly Agaric fungi . Some are red with white blotches ( remnants of the veil ) on the cap , but this was an orange specimen , without any white blotches , just holes where it has been chewed . Also found was a smaller , brick coloured fungi ,Gymnopilus penetrans . Very little else was found , but I was surprised , after a few cold nights , to find one Small Copper still on the wing , trying to warm up in the brief sunny spells . On the way back to the car , I had a quick look at the Oaks with the Purple Hairsteak eggs on the buds . Most are still in place , but it will be later , when the leaves fall , they will be most vunerable to predation .