blue tit

Fly Agaric

Saturday 30th September 2000, 1/2, West Yorkshire
blue tit on poppy seedheads UNLESS they've been attracted to a nestbox, Blue Tits are more regular in our garden in the winter. Yesterday morning there was one pecking at the seedheads of an Opium Poppy in the back garden and today it's back there again.

It's time to start re-stocking the bird table.

fly agaric Rain and warmth have brought out a lot of fungi, the most conspicuous of which is the Fly Agaric. Something, presumably a slug, has eaten away part of the stem.Besides making you feel ill, this fungus has long been known for its hallucinogenic qualities. Do slugs suffer from hallucinations. 'That's the last time I try the red-top!' And if they did how could we tell?next page

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
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