There are Sparrows and lots of them, flocking in the hedges on the approach to the A34 bypass flyover. It's really nice to see a large population still in the Village. A Red Kite was flying overhead, it really annoys me that although they get really close I still can't get a good photo of one.
There are a number of Woodpigeons, this one was watching me closely as I crossed over the flyover.
Walking up the lane away from the A34, I passed under some electricity lines where some Starlings were having a sing song.
Further up the lane bordered by a high wild hedge on the left and a manicured hedge on the right, are a number of fungi in the grass of the lane at the foot of the hedges. I'm not good at identifying fungi, my best guess is that these are Glistening Inkcaps.
There was this one as well, a Clouded Agaric perhaps?
A fairly good crop of Haws on the Hawthorne this year.
The Briers did well this year, with their glossy red hips.
Some big sky going on today.
While looking for a suitable spot to sit and have something to eat, I discovered an expansive patch of what I think is The Prince mushroom.
They where scattered under the bushes and trees of the overgrown hedge that by now is on both sides of the lane forming a tall tunnel of branches and twigs.
Today's lunch was Baxters Royal Game soup with Marmite sandwiches, very nice.
My new Thermos food flask, kept the soup piping hot, very pleased with it.
The only problem is the very loud metal on metal scrape and clangs of the spoon when used in the flask, I'll have to pack a plastic or wooden spoon if I take it in a hide on a nature reserve.
As the lane now reaches the canal, it opens up giving good views of the farmland either side.
A group of Roe deer were grazing not that far from me, the cover of the lane meant they were unaware I was there.
I could quite easily have stayed and took photos of the deer for the rest of the day.
This is an Oak tree with what I believe to be Wasp galls in the leaves.
More of that big sky.
Really loosing the light now for good photography as the Sun slips away below the horizon.
The towpath now becomes a concrete track, this means I can get a stride on as it is getting late.
A flock of Gulls going home after a day gleaning the ploughed fields.
Getting closer to the A34 and the next flyover that allows me to cross back over the A34, the track starts a steep climb as the land rises off the floodplain.
I spotted two more Roe deer, it is getting too dark for my camera to focus properly.
They didn't notice me till I was fairly close to them, we stared at each other for a bit before they decided to leap off, in big jumps towards the nearby trees.
Almost at the end of my walk I spotted a Tawny Owl sat on a fence post, it was looking at me when I pressed the shutter button but by the time the camera took the photo it had spun it's head around. I didn't get another chance, it took off and glided over the field at no more than four feet above it.
As I reached the A34 I stood and watched the traffic while I had an apple and some water. It is getting colder now, the seasonal wheel turning towards winter.
Time to head home.