1st November and still sunny

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.

Rose gall wasp

Rose gall wasp

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.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

The Shaggy Inkcap is one of the fungi that is most easy to indentify and can be seen in fields and by the roadside

Shaggy ink cap

Shaggy ink cap

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.

Juvenile Great Crested Grebe

 Great Crested Grebe – Non breeding plumage

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.

2 Juevnile Great Crested Grebes

2 Juvenile Great Crested Grebes

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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