Shoveller

Shoveller

Some four or five male shovellers, and one female, seem to have taken up residence on the lake at West Park.

They can often be seen in their feeding posture – heads down in the water so they can strain out the plant food they live on.

Shoveller

Strange tree

Strange tree

It is of course a mobile phone mast, not very convincingly disguised. Click the picture or its caption to go to a larger version where a box holding some of the electrics can be seen near the top.

Strange tree

Strange tree

Can you identify this tree? Hint – it is not a Christmas tree.

Picture taken 26th September.

And, for a somewhat clearer view, this picture was taken at the start of this month when most of the other trees had lost their leaves.

Strange tree

Red cracked bolete

Red cracked bolete

Boletes are toadstool fungi which have pores rather than gills at the base of the caps, through which to release their pores.

This common bolete is one of the easiest boletes to recognise. The upper surface of the cap appears to crack, revealing pinkish or reddish flesh below.

Ash

Ash buds

Bunches of keys holding last year’s fruit hang from the same branches of the ash tree which are already showing the buds of the new year’s growth.

Ash keys