Juvenile starlings, city centre

Juvenile starlings, city centre

Some of the Wolverhampton city centre starlings high on buildings overlooking Market Street. They were spending most of their time preening – probably juveniles, moulting to their first adult plumage before the autumn.

Already forming: hazel catkins

Already forming: hazel catkins

The nuts on hazels aren’t ripe yet. Soon, they’ll all be eaten by squirrels before they get ripe. But next year’s catkins are already beginning to form, seen here on pictures taken early this month.

Alder seed, Barley Field

Alder seed, Barley Field

Clusters of alder seeds, gathered together at the ends of twigs into structures which look look a bit like cones, though the trees are not conifers.

More giant polypore, Bantock Park

More giant polypore, Bantock Park

More views of clusters of giant polypore fungus at the base of one of the tall beeches in Bantock Park (a freshly-emerged cluster shown here).

More giant polypore, Bantock Park

Probably not a good omen for the tree. The fungus is one of those which causes white rot.

Red rowan, yellow rowan

Red rowan, yellow rowan

It’s looking like it’s going to be a good year for rowan (mountain ash) berries. All the trees locally seem to be carrying heavy crops, ripening well

Red rowan, yellow rowan

The red berries are from one of the trees on the edge of the Barley Field; the yellow, which grow on an ornamental, cultivated variety, from West Park.

Scruffy shaggy parasols, Old Nursery Wood

Scruffy shaggy parasols, Old Nursery Wood

A pair of rather scruffy looking shaggy parasol mushrooms growing by one of the footpaths through Old Nursery Wood.

Scruffy shaggy parasols, Old Nursery Wood

Forming a popular meal for inhabitantsof the wood. Most of the skin of one cap had been nibbled away, as well as part of the rim.

Black sheep, white sheep, Northycote

Black sheep, white sheep, Northycote

Still very little livestock out at Northycote Farm recently. The only mammals wre a small group of sheep, eagerly waiting to be fed as I was going around.

Black sheep, white sheep, Northycote

Water Mint Mentha aquatica, Compton Park pool

Water Mint Mentha aquatica, Compton Park pool

Water Mint (Mentha aquatica) flowering in Compton Park pool. While the individual plants are attractive, they are forming an understorey with a mass of bulrushes, wehich together are encroaching on. all the open water.

Suede bolete by a roadside

Suede bolete by a roadside

Suede boletes, growing round one of the trees on the pavement near the Stafford Road / Waterloo Road roundabout.. Boletes are a group of mushrooms which have pores rather than gills on the undersides of their caps. This species is quite common in town in the autumn.

Suede bolete by a roadside

Blue-green fungus on a log, Old Nursery wood

Blue-green fungus on a log, Old Nursery wood

Mould like fungus, white with a blue-green patina, growing on one of the logs marking the edge of a path through Old Nursery Wood.

Rooting shank, Northycote Farm

Rooting shank, Northycote Farm

Rooting shank (Hymenopellis radicata) growing in short grass in the open space next to the Northycote Farm wood.

Purple loosestrife, very tall, Bantock Park

Purple loosestrife, very tall, Bantock Park

Purple loosestrife, growing by the pool at Bantock Park. Some of the plants were very tall, rising well up to my eye level.