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Hypoxylon nummularium

Hypoxylon nummularium

The visible part forms what appears to be patches of black and shiny crust on wood.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Winter detail

Frosty leaves

Frosted leaves, a sycamore key and a tiny web.

But already the new year’s growth is peeping through.

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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

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Moorhen on ice

Moorhen

Moorhen striding gingerly over the frozen boating lake in West Park.

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Freezing lake

Icy ash keys

Even a partial freezing of the West Park boating lake is causing a problem for these birds.

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Squirrel

Squirrel

The squirrels of West Park are so used to being fed that it is moot whether they are wild.

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Fly agaric again

Fly agaric

These are such spectacular mushrooms, so here are another couple of them.

Fly agaric

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Split porecrust

Split porecrust

This fungus looks like a congealed foam on rotting wood, including, as here, on tree stumps.

This closer view also shows tiny puffballs nearby.

Split porecrust