Earth Star fungus grows on a roadside banking amongst the conifer needles. I've always been intrigued by pictures of this unusual looking species but this is the first time that I've found it. Like puffballs, when given a sharp, gentle tap they release a wisp of brown spores.
We see a Dipper perching on a rock in the stream that runs through Fuschl village.
NutcrackerOn our way to Hochlackenhof (we can't get enough of that cheesecake), a raucous call alerts us to a Nutcracker which flies from the top of a conifer then disappears into a clump of saplings where it calls again then starts hammering for a short while. On the return walk we get an even better view. It appears to be after the nuts on the Hazels along the edge of the wood.
This Touch-me-not Balsam, which is much smaller than our Himalayan variety has longer, thinner seedpods. It grows on shady woodland edge roadsides.