Folklore claims that birds pair up on St Valentine’s Day. For some species, the process actually starts before the end of the old year. This pair of coots were building a nest on the lower pool at Perton, at the end of January 2019
Earth stars are a group of fungi with striking fruiting bodies, which often last several weeks once they appear.
Crowned earth stars are one of the rarer species, so it was nice to spot these growing by the canal footpath at Newbridge at the start of January last year. No sign yet of them re-appearing this time round.
The weather means I haven’t been getting out as much as usual, and then I picked up a week’s work. So far a few days, I’m going to recycle pictures from previous Januaries in the dozen or so years this blog has now been running.
Winter 2013, when snow lay for several days in January. While it was here, waxwings also arrived in force. Here they were feeding on a tree by the canal at Compton, undisturbed by the dog walkers, joggers and me stopping to watch them from the opposite side of the water.