Sunday, February 24, 2013

A common orange lichen

Another bowl round the square adding some overdue birds: Lesser Black-backed and Common gulls in a ploughed field, a pair of Ravens cronking overhead, a Jay and a male Bullfinch. A few more plants added as well, with Danish Scurvy-grass just out on the dual carriageway central reservation (classic habitat) despite the cold conditions (2C). A common orange lichen on various trees seemed distinctive enough to attempt to name it - Common Orange Lichen, it seems! The main disappointment was gathering various mosses and being unable to access the splendid BBS key online. Oh well I was going to buy it anyway. There will be a delay in naming them though. Maybe quite a long one...

112 Lesser Black-backed Gull
113 Raven
114 Slender Speedwell (Veronica filiformis)
115 Hemlock (Conium maculatum)
116 Common Orange Lichen (Xanthoria perietina)
117 Water Figwort (Scrophularia auriculata)
118 Common Gull
119 Red Fescue (Festuca rubra)
120 Sticky Mouse-ear (Cerastium fontanum)
121 White Clover (Trfolium repens)
122 Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea)
123 Bullfinch
124 Jay
125 Common Reed (Phragmites australis)
126 Spotted Medick (Medicago arabica)
127 Danish Scurvy-grass (Cochlearia danica)
128 Swine-cress (Coronopus squamatus, now Lepidium something, come to think of it...)

1 comment:

  1. Sticky Mouse-ear = C glomeratum. It was this and not fontanum (in bud already, on a driveway). There was some vegetative fontanum on a grass verge but I will wait until it's a bit more obvious before adding it.