|Dolmen of Soraluze (Aezkoa Valley,Navarre)|
In this photo we have several starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). The black starlings (Sturnus unicolor) are such that sometimes we often forming large flocks at dusk when seeking roosts. These have come here to spend the winter, from northern lands. Black starlings there are not commons in Irati forest , but every year they are increasing their limits more to the north and more of them.
There are several good links on these birds.This bird web is from Argentina, where it is an invasive species and they have many problems with it:
Very near from Soraluze we can see the remains of this dried beech that seem to have gunned.Big chips line the grass at 180 º from where they have been detached by a type of woodpecker. If you look closely, you will see a very round hole in the top right of the trunk, in the shadows.Is an old nest of a type of woodpecker.All this disaster had a purpose, that of finding succulent larvae that feed on dead wood, and the birds take to force the rotten wood chipping.
Here we are just 50 meters from the first, another dead tree with two old nests of woodpeckers,one forward and one to the right.
In an area of grass near the edge of the forest, we found this Badger´s(Meles meles) latrine. These animals deposit their droppings always in the same place. In this one,we can see that has been used in at least three times, and in the first, fed on fruits with small seeds, probably wild rose, whose orange fruits remain in the branches during part of the winter, and we can eat after removing the irritating hairs containing inside. They have lots of vitamin C.
In the trunk of a beech, we find this rare saprophyte fungus, (that feeds on dead matter) whose species, honestly it was the first time I watched. Probably is somewhat deteriorated. I put an euro coin on top of it so it can distinguish the size.If anyone knows what species can be treated, I would greatly appreciate the information.
In the reservoir water of Irabia (Aezkoa,Navarre)we found this Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) perched a top a pole. We can see them throughout the year, but also have some of them during the winter of the north . They measure about 1 meter in length and a wingspan of 1.50 m. approx. They eat fish, and their presence, which increases without know very well the reasons (there was not a few decades ago in these valleys, but it seems that they lived here in the past) is for many people one of the causes of the decline of the trout population of Navarre Pyrenean rivers.
To learn more about their food:
Great Cormorant( Phalacrocorax carbo)
When we were leaving, we found two deer (Cervus elaphus) that ran for cover, but occasionally stopped to see what we were doing. That's when twe took photos, Before they came together in flight
In short, nature has a lot to offer us, wherever we go, wherever we are.