Velvet shank

Velvet shank

Another fungus which is not worried by the cold – this velvet shank was growing from the trunk of a long-dead chestnut in the car park of the former Eye Hospital.

Velvet shank

Fat squirrel

Fat Squirrel

Some of the squirrels in West Park seem to be getting too well fed.

Picture taken before the big freeze. Perhaps the rolls of fat helped this individual survive the extreme conditions?

Herons

Heron

On New Year’s Day three herons were showing themselves within a couple of hundred yards along the Staffs and Worcs canal at Compton.

Heron preening

This one was intently fishing, then pausing to give its feathers a lot of attention.

Young heron

On the opposite side of Compton bridge, this one was more focussed on getting something to eat.

Young heron

It appears to be a younger bird, and was more wary as people passed along the other bank.

And finally a couple of views of the third bird, keeping a lookout in the trees above Compton lock.

Heron lookout

Heron lookout

Kestrel

Kestrel

This kestrel using a high twig as a lookout post to watch for prey. Shortly after this shot was taken, the bird saw off an encroaching buzzard.

Mosses

Moss

Mosses grow on all sorts of apparently difficult environments. The ones pictured here were growing on the tops of walls beside a busy main road.

The stalks on the moss pictured above are supporting the spore pods.

Moss