I popped along to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens yesterday for an hour. Although it was very cold it was a beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies.
I was hoping that
Windfall apples/pears + berries = winter thrushes (possible) + waxwings (remote possibility!)
Well, there were certainly plenty of apples
and something had been feeding on the apples
but sadly I didn't see any redwings or fieldfares and, of course, there was not a waxwing in sight!
I'm always surprised not to see more bird species here. Today's sightings were wood pigeons, carrion crows, magpies, dunnocks, blackbirds, great and blue tits and robins.
I found a few species of fungi in the small copse that contains a pond and a "stumpery".
I haven't tried to identify the white fungi but, looking at a fungi id guide, I think the very pretty toadstools in the third photo below may be Clustered Bonnet (Mycena inclinata). Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Most of the deciduous trees have lost their leaves
but there are still a few shrubs and trees with some autumn colour.
And I found a few flowers still lingering on.
It was a lovely walk in these tranquil, peaceful gardens and there's a few more photos below from my visit.