Searching a hole, squirrel, Bantock Park

Searching a hole, squirrel, Bantock Park

Cheeky Bantock Park squirrel ran across the path right in front of me, and started up a tree trunk. It paused half way up, kept one eye on me, and thrust one foreleg into a hole in the tree.

Fennel or dill, Old Nursery

Fennel or dill, Old Nursery

Fennel, or possibly dill. Growing on the site of the former local authority plant nursery, so quite likely an escaped cultivar.

Silk button spangle gall wasp galls under an oak leaf

Silk button spangle gall wasp galls under an oak leaf

Silk button spangle galls, circular with a depression in the middle, thickly strewn on the underside of an oak leaf. Common spangle galls, also found on the underside of oak leaves, rise to a peak in the centre.

Spores galore

Spores galore

Bracket fungi at the bases of trees. The brown dust covering them, a small fraction of the millions of spores released by the next higher fruiting body.

Still flowering, still attracting insects

Still flowering, still attracting insects

Late summer, and buddleia bushes were still flowering, with the flowers still attracting insects. The lower flowers were attracting different species of hoverflies and bees. Butterflies were landing higher up, out of camera range.

Oak mazegill on a log, Bantock Park

Oak mazegill on a log, Bantock Park

Oak mazegill, a bracket fungus, on a fallen log in Bantock Park. Views of both upper and lower surfaces.

Oak mazegill on a log, Bantock Park

The view from below showing the mazy pattern, not gills, of the surface where the spores are relaeased.

Not seen for some time

Not seen for some time

The West Park turtle, earlier in the summer. I’ve not seen it for some time, despite looking on warm, sunny days. It disappeared well before they end of summer last year. Maybe it likes to head off early, to find a comforrtable spot in the mud at the bottom of the lake for its winter hibernation.

Elderberries beginning to ripen

Elderberries beginning to ripen

Elderberries beginning to darken as they ripen. It looks like there may be a good crop this year.

Elderberries beginning to ripen

Sweet chestnuts, Bantock Park

Sweet chestnuts, Bantock Park

Sweet chestnuts ripening on one of the trees in Bantock Park. Once ripe, these are the edible kind.

By the Railway Walk – tawny owl

By the Railway Walk - tawny owl

Sadly deceased, the body of a tawny owl lay by the Smestow Valley LNR Railway Walk, yesterday afternoon. I couldn’t see any obvious cause of death.

Candy-striped carer

Candy-striped carer

A candy-striped spider (Complex Enoplognatha ovata) guarding the web holding her eggs. On the underside of two hazel leaves, which were held together by the web.

Pavement Mushroom Agaricus bitorquis, growing on pavement

Pavement Mushroom Agaricus bitorquis, growing on pavement

Pavement mushroom (Agaricus bitorquis), so-called because they sometimes go through the tarmac of pavements Here growing in the earth around one of the trees lining a pavement.

Pavement Mushroom Agaricus bitorquis, growing on pavement