Monday, December 15, 2008


I went out briefly at the weekend. There were the usual suspects on the bird front in the woods in Buda... Hawfinch, Common Crossbills and a few woodpeckers. A surprise was this Common Puffball mushroom Lycoperdon perlatum. It's a bit late for this, they are usually over by November. But it is mild and damp with no snow at all. Common Puffballs grow on the ground and are white at first, getting greyer and even yellow later. The experts say it is only edible when the spores are fresh and white...

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