Inselteich and Tornower-Niederung

On the day of my birthday Marc and I toured the area around Lubben. We stopped for a mosquito laden picnic in the woods. A highlight for me was being able to get some photographs of Cranes in a field and Red Kites following a tractor in a field.

I wanted a photograph of this lovely mansion with a tower. I was only able to photograph the tower. I was chased off and told no photographs. The owner actually drove out in his car to make us leave. I was not standing in his property.

Near the end of the excursion, I made Marc stop the car. I saw a mushroom by the side of the road that was the size of a football. Wish I had known it was edible, I would have picked it and its companion for dinner.

The next to last photo shows a windfarm in the distance. Germany has loads of wind turbines.

Cheesequake Plants

Read about Cheesequake in the post before this one: Cheesequake Birds – Sherry Felix – port4u. It is less than an hour’s drive from lower Manhattan. The recent rains made it optimal for many varieties of fungi to fruit.

Afternoon at Pelham

Last Friday we went to Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York in the afternoon and had a 3 mile hike around Hunter Island. The views are lovely, but it was hot and buggy. After that we drove to the Lobster Shack on City Island to buy a take out. While parked off the road in a driveway a crew cab pickup truck scraped the paint off the edge of our side mirror. The list of mishaps grows long for our little VW Jetta “James”. We’ve only had it a couple of months.

A related post: https://port4u.net/2014/11/26/gull-in-algonquin-mist-pelham-bay-1282013/ Inspired by a book on the place called The Last Algonquin by Theodore Kazimiroff.

Goldfinch and Poly

A trip to Central Park on Easter Sunday netted as few birds. Spring migration wasn’t on for Sunday in the park. They must have flew on by. I did see a blue headed vireo at the point. Couldn’t get a good photograph of it.

Goldfionch, Centrsal Park 4/21/2019

I think this is a Dryad’s Saddle (Polyporus squamosus). They’re large—about 4 inches across. There are inky caps in the rear left (click to enlarge).

Dryad’s Saddle (Polyporus squamosus), Central Park 4/21/2019