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Saturday, 23 January 2010

23/1/10: East Finchley and Cherry Tree Wood

Had a planning meeting that finished at lunchtime, so I decided to go and get a daylight verification of something I'd spotted in the dark some time ago.

It was indeed several Shining Crane's-bill (Geranium lucidum), up against the bottom of the gabions, at the foot of the Northern Line embankment just before it crosses the Great North Rd. and runs into East Finchley station. There is also Geranium pyrenaicum here. There were two Teasel flower stems, a Broom and some Holly.

On the north east side of the line is the small Cherry Tree Wood, which I'd not visited before. Like the woods down in Highgate, it's Oak and Hornbeam.

Nothing out of the ordinary, but 2 Redwing and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were seen, along with a Brown Rat and 1 Stinking Iris (a native plant, though this was very close to gardens, from which the seed may have come).

There were some good patches of fungi on logs lying on the ground

This Grey Squirrel was obviously used to being fed and came close enough that even my mobile phone cam could get a reasonable picture .....

Hornbeam holding its leaves through winter

The absence of much in the way of ground flora was compensated for by the subtleties of the greys and algal greens of some of the tree trunks

Self Heal was in the grass by High Rd flats opposite Bedford Rd, and at Stokes Court, Diploma Avenue. 16 Ring-necked Parakeets flew across the High Rd towards East Finchley station.

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