Young heron, Sandfields shore

Young heron, Sandfields shore

Young heron on the hunt in a patch of reed on the shore of Sandfields, by the canal at Compton. It was watchful but stayed in position even though there were three of us watching it from various points on the towpath opposite, and a couple with a small dog passed by on the footpath just behind it.

Magpie inkcaps spreading

Magpie inkcaps spreading

Magpie inkcaps in Castle Grounds, Bridgnorth, gradually spreading from the spot under a mature oak where they first appeared. For several years they have all been coming up in the same patch of earth, well covered in wood chip mulch under a clump of trees. This year there were a few still in the original place. But there have been more in flower beds on the other side of a path.

Magpie inkcaps spreading

Autumn fungi: bonnet mycenae

Autumn fungi: bonnet mycenae

Bonnet mycenae, several different related species of small mushrooms, perhaps around an inch tall with thin stems and conical caps. Common but inconspicuous. Species very hard to tell apart (many impossible without specialised equiptment such as a microscope).

Autumn fungi: bonnet mycenae