Fungi

Fascinating fungus

This rather splendid specimen, possibly a Shaggy Parasol from what I can find out at the moment. is at the base of one of the trees on the Balcón de Europa in the centre of town, although how long it will last is anyone’s guess. Lovely markings, looks a bit like an aerial view of an ancient city....
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Birds

Recent local outings

I have been on a couple of little walks recently although we are now back to wind and rain, including thunderstorms.  A quick walk around Fobney Lock was very quiet but I did watch a pair of Kestrels chasing each other and a Green Woodpecker took off from the path right in front of me. No great photos but...
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Animals

Round and about locally

The weather has been changeable again and has turned quite cold at times, particularly in the high winds.  I am trying to get out a bit more again but haven’t been on any long walks, just little outings when out shopping etc.  A short stroll around Mill Pond was pleasant but chilly.  There were several Little Grebes but they...
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Birds

A few more bits from Dinton

It is coming up to fungi time again and I have already seen quite a few including this nice specimen of a Shaggy Ink-Cap. Despite its bright plumage, it took me ages to spot this Robin which was singing really loudly. Grey Herons are all over, some at the water’s edge but others seem happier high up in the...
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Birds

Short local September walks

I went to Southlake again on the spur of the moment as the sun decided to shine and it was remarkably warm.  I was not the only one enjoying the unexpected warmth and sunshine… The Moorhen couldn’t decide what to do.. The reeds where I was standing were attracting several Hawker dragonflies, one of which kept landing and just...
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Butterflies

A walk in the fleeting spring sunshine….

Yesterday (Sunday) was warm and sunny for most of the day, with very little wind, so we went to see if any of the snakes had come out of hibernation.  Unfortunately, we had great difficulty reaching the site on foot due to continued flooding but we got there in the end.  The ground was very boggy and the plants...
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Animals

Chilly walk at Moor Green

The sun was shining so I decided to make the most of it and go for a walk.  I couldn’t decide where to go that wouldn’t be too flooded so ended up back at Moor Green Lakes which can get muddy in parts but is generally passable,  The feeders were all empty so there was less activity in the...
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Birds

Dinton Pastures

Dinton Pastures Country Park is made up of several lakes and can be quite interesting at this time of the year.  Each little area has its own individual attraction. Lots of the usual ducks are gathering on the water and there is the occasional lone visitor.  The first photo was taken as it got dark. This female Goosander was out...
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