Friday, 23 September 2016

Sep 23rd Earlham Cemetery, Norwich

Back in January, I visited Earlham Cemetery with Mum for a walk. It was quite an interesting place to see wildlife and was surprisingly peaceful despite being close to the hustle and bustle of city life just outside the cemetery walls. So today, we have returned for another walk and see what autumn was like here.

Grey Squirrel
It was unusually busy at the cemetery this afternoon with cars driving along the roads around the gravestones every few minutes. Between the cars though, there were moments of peace. The wildlife were not put off by this steady flow of traffic and were getting on with life as normal. The squirrels in particular were easy to spot. They were everywhere, bounding past the gravestones to find a place to cache away the nuts and seeds they were collecting. These caches are vital for their survival during the cold winter days which are just around the corner now and so they need to protect them from other squirrels that could fancy stealing from them. I could hear them calling in the trees nearby, a territorial threat to their neighbours. We also witness one chase another away, which retreated into a tree waving it's tail at the chaser who has taken over its meal on the ground below.

Other than squirrels, there were plenty of birds here today, except most of them preferred to stay in hiding. Unlike the magpies or the pigeons, which didn't mind posing on or around the gravestones for me, the rest of the bird life here were only giving us fleeting glimpses or a burst of song. Above the sound of cars and workmen with strimmers, I could hear long-tailed tits, wrens, robins, a great spotted woodpecker, jays, collard doves, great tits, goldcrests and chaffinches. As well as birds, there were also large white butterflies, speckled woods, common darter dragonflies and some fungi that were growing on some of the trees. Apart from dodging the odd car, it was another pleasant walk amongst the dead as it was in January.
Hazel seed casing (I think)
Sycamore seeds
Berries of Lords and Ladies Lilies
Bracket fungus of some kind
I think these are Honey Fungus with Beech Polypore, but I'm not really sure

Common Darter

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