Tettenhall ridge – autumn

Tettenhall ridge - autumn

The strong winds brought down most of the leaves before really gaudy autumn colours developed this year.

Here the more distant trees, oaks, are still holding on to their leaves, which have mainly been stripped from the nearer trees.

First frost

First frost

Lichen encrusted with the first frost of the winter: above on a branch brought down by some of the recent heavy winds. Below on one still on a bush.

First frost

Mild milkcap

Mild milkcap

Milkcaps are a group of toadstool species which produce a fluid when the cap is injured in any way. In some species, such as this, the fluid is white, and looks very like milk.

I had just lightly brushed this specimen while clearing away a bit of debris to get a clearer view. The result: a copious amount of “milk”.

Squirrel

Squirrel

This squirrel’s tail seemed to be glowing as it was lit from behind in the late afternoon sunlight.

Goblet waxcap

Goblet waxcap

These tiny and brightly coloured mushrooms can easily escape notice even in shortish grass.

After heavy rain their colour washes out from red to yellow.

Goblet waxcap

Further rain means further fading.

Goblet waxcap

Moorhen

Moorhen

Moorhens normally appear to have a completely black plumage with streaks of white on the wings and tail.
The low angle and brightness of the sunshine when this picture was taken have shown up the blue tint in the bird’s dark feathers.

Ivy

Ivy

These ivy seeds are beginning to ripen. Others are already black as a sign they are fully ripe.

Candlesnuff fungus

Mushroom

Appears like small white shoots on rotting wood In fact, black at the base, then grey, becoming white and most visible towards the tip – supposedly similar to the wick of a candle which is no longer burning.

Candle snuff

Dank and fragrant milkcap

Dark and fragrant milkcap

Lactarius mammosus is another mushroom without a common English name. The title here is a rough translation of its German name: Dunkler Duftmilchling.

It is a milkcap, one of a group of species which exudes a fluid which can look like milk if it is damaged.
This species also smells of coconut.

Black headed gulls

Black headed gull

Black-headed gulls are the type of gull most often found inland.

Black headed gull

As these pictures show, the name can be misleading.

Black headed gull

For most of the year, their heads are white. The black heads are only on the adult birds during the breeding seasons. Even then, the colour is actually a dark chocolate brown which looks black in most lights.

These gulls had landed on the rail around the boating lake in West Park as they kept one beady eye on the people feeding the birds.