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

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 The reeds where I was standing were attracting several Hawker dragonflies, one of which kept landing and just...
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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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Animals

Cold, windy and damp weekend

Saturday was bitterly cold, partly due to the strong wind so I only went on a short walk round Southlake.  There wasn’t much about except for dozens of noisy Black-headed Gulls which were gathering near the fishermen who must have been frozen. There were also a couple of adult Herring Gulls and a juvenile. Several pairs of Egyptian Geese...
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