27/10/21-Jackdaw, Sparrowhawk, Speckled Wood, pleated inkcap and more
After enjoying seeing them a lot on the roof visible from my room recently but never being quite fast enough to take an in focus picture of a Jackdaw I managed it with the first in this photoset today which was great. I had the sun on my side a little today as the moment it first really came out for a prolonged period coincided with my lunch time walk a little later into my lunch hour than intended so I felt lucky. I very much enjoyed the berries in the front garden, rose hips on the bush at the front of the garden and smaller berries around the railings I believe firethorn gleaming in the sunlight I took the second picture in this photoset of the some rose hips.
On the green out the front on my lunch time walk I sought out some fairly small silverish mushrooms which I had enjoyed seeing in recent days, and I found a few including a slightly larger one in the third picture I took today in this photoset. I found out via the iNaturalist ‘Seek’ app this a pleated inkcap. I have seen and photographed I believe these before so it was great to find out what these were as the green out the front becomes inkcap central with obviously the shaggy inkcaps that spring up every year and some others that were possible common inkcaps which I took a photo of last week.
I took the fourth and fifth pictures in this photoset of a nice view in the sunshine and some sweet yarrow going strong by the flower patch around the estate, as well as the sixth and seventh pictures in this photoset of a nice tree and a nice sky scene at Lakeside when I got there for my usual Wednesday walk around the meadows.
I was delighted to see a dragonfly in the sun another hawker I believe but I didn’t see it for long as I walked beside the bowl and going into the bit I call Marbled White meadow as these butterflies adorn this area in summer I was thrilled to see the Speckled Wood in the eighth picture in this photoset. I was so happy to watch it fly through the air and land, really making the most of seeing a butterfly in this entering of the tail end of the season now in a great patch of sunshine and I was so happy to get a photo with my macro lens. 27th October would not be a bad date to say that was the last day I took a photo of a butterfly this year. On the way out I enjoyed more rose hips within Lakeside in the field east of the allotments which I nickname Kestrel corner as a good area to see these raptors hovering and I also enjoyed the mossy rose gall that captivated me last Tuesday here looking great in the sun as well.
I loved seeing a Sparrowhawk quickly being mobbed by crows over the green out the front on the way home a cracking view. With Ring-necked Parakeet, Great Crested Grebe and Moorhen being stars of recent days within my big 5 of birds that dominated my lunch time and some evening walks from late summer into autumn this year Sparrowhawk is another which it was great to see again.
I took the final two pictures in this photoset of a tree in much autumn leaf out the front and a sky scene just before darkness.
Wildlife Sightings Summary: Magpie, Jackdaw, Sparrowhawk, lots of Starlings out the back again I enjoyed their gushing sounds too, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Collared Dove, Speckled Wood, the dragonfly and an interesting insect in my room.