Monday, 5 October 2015

Mushrooms Found Yesterday

Walking around Back Common at Beeston Regis on the Norfolk Coast we came across several different types of mushrooms, I have not named any of them as I am not confident with the identifying of mushrooms.

These look like a pair of twins as they are the same size shape and colour, growing side by side.

These mushrooms were well camouflaged nestled amongst the dead leaves, I almost missed seeing them.

The mushroom on the right looks to me like a cashew nut laying in the grass.

This was the first time that I have seen these red mushrooms with the little white flecks on them.  The colour has started to fade and they look like they have been eaten in places but they still look interesting.  I am not sure why but I only found these type of mushrooms under one tree in particular where as the other mushrooms I found in various locations on the Common.

I think these next two photos are of the same type of mushroom, but are coming to the end of their life.

This one is really looking withered and at the end of its life.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Yesterday Was All About The Squirrel

Yesterday we spent a few hours at The Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds, which is renowned for its lovely gardens and Abbey ruins and over the last few years by its expanding colony of Grey Squirrels which have embraced the appreciative visitors who buy bags of peanuts to feed to them.

Where ever you walk admiring the gardens you will see little grey blobs of fur bounding around the lawns and in and out of the flower beds, burying their bounty of peanuts.

This naughty Squirrel looks like it has dug up a flower bulb, I hope the gardeners haven't noticed!

This Squirrel was really enjoying his lunch.

These two were acting about like a couple of kids.

"What you got there then?"

Look Mum, no hands!

This Squirrel is busy burying its nut.

I know I buried that nut somewhere, I remember there was a Holly Bush?

Ok so maybe it is here?

Ok so I did manage to get a few other photos, although the Squirrels did keep distracting me.

This display celebrates the flower head, with some modern art.

While we were sitting by the river watching the ducks, I noticed a movement on the river bank down by the waters edge.  I just managed to catch this photo of what looks like a Brown Rat.

There is one tree that I noticed that had a really lovely stripy trunk, I am not sure what it is?

There is a small gated garden in the main gardens that contains a small, oblong pond with some Koi Karp in it.  One of them is very large compared to the others.

Either end of the pond is a water feature and the whole pond is surrounded with some lovely planting.

A Carrion Crow enjoying the sunshine, they are native to Western Europe and Eastern Asia.

At various points around the gardens can be found pieces of art representing the Wolf, the gardens regularly host art works.

I thought this Dove Rock White Pigeon was interesting and fascinating especially as I was taking its photo it kept walking towards me...

until it was right in front of me and then almost turned it's head to say "this is my best side".

A fairly large fungus growing on the trunk of this tree.

There are a few aviaries in the corner of the gardens that contain a few birds, although when we visited most of them were empty.  The birds that were left were very pretty and very unusual, not easy to photograph as it was difficult to focus on them and not the cage.

This little group were sitting in the sunshine at the bottom of one of the aviaries.  I think they are some Finches.

These beautiful birds are the Zebra Finch it is the most common Finch of Central Australia, Indonesia and East Timor.  This one with the orange cheek is a male.

In these next two photos the female was preening the male, so maybe it is a juvenile male still being fused over by its mother.

You can see that the female is a lot duller in colour with only a black stripe running down its cheek.

These comical looking birds that look like little clowns are the Yellow-collard Lovebirds or Masked Lovebird or Eye Ring Lovebird from the Parrot family.  They are native to North East Tanzania.

This Rock Dove or Rock Pigeon decided to perch on top of this water feature.  Wild Rock Doves have distinctive two black bars across their wings, where as the Ferel or Domestic Rock Dove like this one has variable patterns on the wing.

There was one other piece of art work tucked away in one of the recess of the gardens.

Can you spot me in the shot?

No better way to finish the afternoon than a cup of coffee and a Bakewell slice whilst watching the world go by.