Shaggy scalycaps, short grass

Shaggy scalycaps, short grass

Shaggy scalycaps, distinctive mushroom usually found growing in clumps, often at the base of tree stumps or dead or dying trees.

Performing squirrels

Performing squirrels

Squirrels seen on various visits to West Park. The squirrels there have got so used to being fed that some of them seem to have been teaching themselves to perform tricks to look cuter.

Grey Knight Mushrooms

Grey Knight

Grey knight mushrooms: these were growing in short grass by the side of the road in a quiet cul de sac.

Sparrows, varying the diet

Sparrows, varying the diet

Once again the sparrows which are monopolising the birdfeeders. Once again they are spending most of their time on the fat balls. Just occasionally varying the diet, having a few sunflower hearts.

Parrot waxcaps, short grass

Parrot waxcaps, short grass

Another of the yellowish waxcap species growing in close proximity in short grass. The largest of these yellow waxcaps still kept some of the original green when these pcitures were taken. The others were turning the yellow which results when rain washes some of the pigments away.

What’s the point of interest?

What

Two herons once again on the West Park boating lake island. The one further from the shore resolutely staring in a direction where it couldn’t see the other. That one twisting its neck. Looking in the same direction as the other, looking at the other, and looking in the opposite direction to the other.

Butter waxcaps

Butter waxcaps

It’s been a good year for fungi, and for waxcaps in particular. These butter waxcaps were one of three different yellowish waxcaps in the same area of roadside lawn.

Butter waxcaps

Rainbow – ascending curve

Rainbow - ascending curve

Rainbow, one recent early morning. For reasons I can’t now remember, the pictures are all of the left arc of the curve.

Female pheasant, at West Park still

Female pheasant, at West Park still

Female pheasant spotted near the West Park Conservatory in mid-October. It was still in the same general area a month later.

Snowy waxcaps, short grass

Snowy Waxcaps, short grass

It’s been a good autumn for mushrooms, and a good autumn for waxcaps, tiny, often brightly coloured mushrooms which can be spotted in lawns and other areas of short grass.

These are snowy waxcaps, which I noticed in various locations as I walked for exercise.

Fat-ball fans

Fat-ball fans

The crowds attracted (so far) to this winter’s offering of bird feeders is dominated by house sparrows queuing for the fat balls.

Bright reds, fly agaric mushrooms

Bright reds, fly agaric mushrooms

Bright red with white speckles when recently emerged, sometimes paler with speckles washed away after being rained on, once again these are fly agaric mushrooms from various locations.