Every forestwalk starts on my bike. From my home I cycle to the Amsterdam Forest and park
my bike at farm & pancake restaurant Meerzicht. From there I start my walk.

Last week, as I parked my bike, small silver-brown wings waved at me from the wet foliage.
It turned out to be a small butterfly ๐Ÿฆ‹

The next day the bright green hiney of a bush-cricket gleamed at me from under some leaves ๐Ÿ‚
That day was such a beautiful day and I saw so many different birds: blue tits, great tits,
long-tailed tits, chaffinches, goldcrests, jays, a buzzard, a pied woodpecker, a very noisy
nuthatchย and finally an equally noisyย wrenย ๐ŸŽถ

They were too far or too fast to draw on the spot or to take pictures so here are some feathers
they left behind ๐Ÿƒ

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Last week I was surprised by a swarm of newly hatchedย ladybugs.
When this happened I was actually busy taking pictures of the Trembling merulius or Jelly rot.
Besides a lot of ladybugs I also found a lot of pink and purple.
The purple/ white blobs down to the right are the begining of the Silver Leaf fungus which is
(eventually) going to look like a purple "Turkey tail" or in Dutch 'elfenbankje' (elves bench).

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Today I found myself in a cloud of just hatched ladybugs. They were everywhere!!
I'm guessing high temperatures (17ยฐ C/ 62.60ยฐF) were the cause of the sudden
appearance of these colourful beetles ๐Ÿž๐Ÿž

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Sometimes something goes wrong during all that fluttering...
I found these wing parts earlier. Unfortunaly I have no idea which birds belong to these wings.
Maybe a goldfinch or some other finch?

The one at the bottom could be a blackbird.
The feather on the right is probably from a tawny owl ๐Ÿฆ‰

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No idea what was up with the otherwise so shy songbirds yesterday.
Usually I mostly hear them and at most I see a small shadow vanishing into the bushes.
However yesterday they chose to show themselves; long-tailed tits, great tits, blue tits,
robins and even a tiny goldcrest ๐Ÿ’›

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