Ear fungus, another return

Ear fungus, another return

Every time I go along the Railway Walk between Newbridge and Compton, the ear fungus growing up the trunk of an elder looks like it has a different texture.

Bubbles with bubbles

Bubbles with bubbles

Ice on the then partially-frozen surface of the West Park lake. Bubbles of air below the ice, several inches across, seemed to have been spawning much smaller bubbles.

First snowdrops, Bantock Park, mud splattered

First snowdrops, Bantock Park, mud splattered

The first snowdrops I’ve spotted for 2021, splattered with mud thrown up by the heavy rains. Growing in Bantock Park; Bantock House can be seen, out of focus, in the background.

First snowdrops, Bantock Park, mud splattered

Rooftop vantage point

Rooftop vantage point

Keeping a careful look out: carrion crow on the edge of the roof of a block of flats opposite Bantock Park.

Spindle, fruits all gone

Spindle, fruits all gone

The coverings of the fruits on a spindle tree a little while ago, the fruits now all gone – eaten by birds probably. From a distance the pink remains look a bit like flowers on an otherwise bare tree.

A new pool, West Park

A new pool, West Park

The recent rains have left many wide and deep puddles in fields and parks. Here a pair of the West Park mallards swim by some of the park’s shrubs, drinking the water and dabbling for food as they do so.

A new pool, West Park

Misty winter morning, Bantock Park

Misty winter morning, Bantock Park

A bright sun shining at a low angle through a heavy mist made Bantock Park atmospheric on a morning earlier this month.

While the sparrows are away

While the sparrows are away

A gang of house sparrows have been dominating our bird feeders this winter. Out in some numbers, mainly for the fat balls, they have been discouraging other small birds from coming while they are there. It’s when they have been taking pauses that other species are more embolden to arrive.

Thin ice, pensive gull

Thin ice, pensive gull

Black-headed gull on the thin ice covering of the boating lake at West Park, turning its head to look around.

Thin ice, pensive gull

Too many squirrels

Too many squirrels

The squirrel up the tree is at the side of the Railway Walk; the others from around West Park. I’m not sure whether some of these West Park squirrels are obese from being fed too many peanuts, or pregnant

Goose-stepping, slippery surface

Goose-stepping, slippery surface

Canada geese on the ice of the then partially frozen surface of the West Park lake recently, goose stepping carefully and scanning for food.

Rethawed: wrinkled club fungi

Rethawed: wrinkled club fungi

More fungi which have thawed, showing no effects, after the recent cold spell. These tiny wrinkled clubs were growing in the short grass under a hornbeam on a quiet residential street.