A glorious late autumn morning saw me wandering the woods and footpaths that form most of Juniper Bottom and Top in Surrey. Once again, no Hawfinches, although they might be lurking nearby in smaller numbers than last winter - it's easy to forget that they were only knowingly present during March, so who knows when they actually took up residence? Apart from at least 7 Marsh Tits it was all quiet on the ornithological front. Where would I have rather been today - here or standing with 100 other blokes in someone's garden in Wales? No contest, and not just because I have already seen Orphean Warbler in Britain.
I do like beech woodland, at any time of year. It has a majesterial feel, like walking through a natural cathedral, the light of a special quality.
My highlight was this Elfin Saddle - not uncommon, but I have not seen one before. Yet another fungi with a great name.