After a very misty start the day ended up being around 16 degrees and really sunny. Most wildlife on my local patch seemed to be enjoying the late sunshine.
The Rose gall wasp is a round ball which holds the larvae of a ting gall wasp and are also the winter home of the adult Rose gall wasp. It is sometimes known as a Robin’s pincushion. I found this one on a rose bush in a hawthorn hedge.
Every morning a flock of Greylag Geese land in to the nearby field. They stay there all day eating the shoots of grass. In the evening flocks of geese from all the surrounding fields head back to Farmoor Reservior and other local lakes. The noise they make while flying over head is deafening and there always seems to be one far behind the rest who is calling as loud as it can.
There were still a few butterflies about today including this Red Admiral and a Brimstone.
The Shaggy Inkcap is one of the fungi that is most easy to indentify and can be seen in fields and by the roadside
There were quite a few Great Crested Grebes on the River Thames, especially the part that backs on to the reservoir. They have lost their bright orange head feathers and now have a white face and just a small crest.
The juveniles still have a few of the black strips.
At the end of the day we stopped to check whether the local starlings had started to gather and do their murmurations. There were small groups gathering, but not in the large number that make the impressive patterns.
As we left the lake the mist was starting to roll back in.