Shoveller pair swimming by on West Park lake. The male much more brightly coloured than the female, as in many bird species.
Yew flowers on a tree by West Park Conservatory in the middle of December. It’s becoming increasingly common for spring growth to appear before the end of the previous year.
Tufted duck splashing water from West Park over its back, vigorously shaking itself to get clean.
The first stretch where the Smestow emerges from an underground culvert, in Fowler’s Park. A row of trees runs along one of the brick-lined banks.
Young heron stalking the reed bed directly below the Wildside Centre. Every few seconds it was dipping the tip of its beak into the canan, and seemed to be catching a small fish almost every time so far as I could see from the far bank.
Compton Park Pool on a sunny, frosty morning. The surface of the water covered by a thin sheet of ice, clear enough to show the pondweed growing below.
Single mushroom of some waxcap species growing on Upper Green, Tettenhall. Just thje slightest trace still remaining of the vivid colours it will have had when it first emerged, not enough to identify it.
Some years ago, there were some parrot waxcaps at precisely the same spot. If this one is the same, the colour must have been lost not only from the cap, but also the stem.
Smestow, crossing the canal below, coming over Dunstall Water Bridge. The fencing visible on the other side of the bridge is an effective barrier to anyone wanting to slip into the racecourse by an unofficial entrance.
Dunnock exploring leaf litter for invertebrates to eat, near the lake in West Park.
Growing on the same dead bough: a jelly fungus, possibly witch’s butter, a feathery carpet of moss, a non-flowering plant, and just a little pale green foliose (leaf-like) lichen. All lichens are composites of two different creatures: one a fungus, the other a photosynthesiser – either an alga or a cyanobacterium.
Reed seed head, backlit in bright winter sunshine. An image almost completely reduced to Shades of grey.
Jackdaws with a territory which includes a section of Chipping Campden High Street. Two were perched on a TV aerial on one side of the road, another in a tree opposite.