Your notes and queries for Ethna Viney
Could you identify the bird that built this nest? It was found in a field under an evergreen tree. First Class students, St Brigid’s NS, Limerick
■ It’s probably one of the tits, either the long-tailed or the great tit. While feeding ducks with my granddaughter by the lakeshore in Enniskillen, I noticed this different coloured one. It was slightly smaller than the mallards, which seemed antagonistic to it. James Armstrong, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh ■ It looks like a cross between a domestic duck and a wild duck, probably a mallard. At the end of May I found two of these flowers in the sand hills of Barleycove in west Cork. Sean Hunt, York, England
■ It’s the western marsh orchid, which blooms in May and June and only occurs in Ireland.
Are these mushrooms that I found on my lawn edible? Darragh McAllister, Ennis, Co Clare
■ They belong to the very large Mycena species (bonnet fungi), which are tiny and have no value as an edible mushroom. Some of them are poisonous. On a visit to San Francisco in November, I saw these beautiful geese on a golf course. What are they called? Phyllis O’Meara, Ballydehob, Co Cork
■ They are Canada geese, which can be resident or migrating. They are considered a nuisance by many Californian property owners.
Clockwise from far left: ■ cross between domestic and wild duck; a tit’s nest; geese in San Francisco; Mycena species of mushroom; and a western marsh orchid