Blue sky shock

The recent persistent rain finally left these shores overnight and today proved to be one of those slightly sharp but beautiful autumn days.
View of Stanmer Park

The rain has brought out the fungi, and I came across several large clumps of honey fungus.
Honey fungus

While visually spectacular, this isn't one you want to find in your garden. It spreads via underground bootlace threads (rhizomorphs) and can cause significant damage to other plants and trees. Not that this squirrel seemed too worried about it.

Numerous corvids were enjoying the sunshine, including several magpies (we seem to have lots of them about).

Most of the smaller birds were playing hard to get, flitting in and out of the dense thickets at the edge of the woods. One did finally show itself and I'm going to make a wild guess and say that it's a chiffchaff.

And just to prove the skies really were blue all day, I took this last shot as I was heading for the car at the end of work.
Pied wagtail

On the home front, Bold was back and her eye seems to be improving.

Mind you, one false move here and all the good work could be undone.
Bold vixen and hedgehog
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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 40D. The daytime shots were all taken with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. The photos of the vixen were with the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG macro lens.

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  1. SittingFox October 9, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    LOL @ vixen and hedgehog!

    Very pretty 🙂 I suppose a sharp bite in the air is relative :whistle:

  2. gdare October 9, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    We had 31C yesterday, it felt like summer :faint:
    It is good to see vixen in a good shape again but she better watch out from that hedgehog :insane:

  3. Words October 10, 2009 at 12:10 am #

    Darko, wow that's very warm for this time of the year. We had rain all day again today, and it was cold.

  4. Words October 10, 2009 at 12:10 am #

    Adele, I did worry about the hedgehog. It's the baby of the family, but it certainly knows how to puff itself up! As for the weather, well cold enough to put the heating on :smurf:

  5. SittingFox October 11, 2009 at 2:10 am #

    LOL, Waterton was on the news here as the coldest place in North America: -24c! I've gone east of there this time but it was still -12c with the wind this morning. I also sunk up to my knees in a snow drift at one point this afternoon 😮

  6. gdare October 11, 2009 at 7:10 am #

    Someone said "snow"? :yikes:

  7. Flying Red Fox Blog October 11, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    Yay lovelly pics i was in Hotham Park that day, i really need to catch up on my blog mes been lazy naughty me 😛

  8. Words October 11, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Mark, it would be good to see a Hotham update to see how things have settled down after all the renovations.

  9. Words October 11, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Adele, ok I concede. It's a touch colder where you are 😀

  10. Flying Red Fox Blog October 11, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    thats a good idea, i might just leave the Manchester one as its an almost repeat of the last trip! 😛 So i will start from this month yay! 😀

  11. Cynthia23 October 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

    Delightful photography!

  12. Words October 11, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    Mark, thanks! Just saw the latest post. Good one 😀

  13. Words October 11, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    Cynthia, thanks!

  14. mountainlion_wales October 12, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    hehe! aww. i keep seeing loads of squished hedgehogs on the roads recently, poor things 🙁

  15. Words October 13, 2009 at 12:10 am #

    Jenny, too much road kill everywhere 🙁 but they're thriving in our garden 🙂

  16. Ukwildlife October 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    great set of photos, especially the squirrel and fungus shot 🙂

  17. Words October 15, 2009 at 1:10 am #

    Neil, thanks! The squirrel shot was a nightmare of deep shade.

  18. mountainlion_wales October 25, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    I'm glad they have a safe haven in your garden! 🙂

  19. Words October 25, 2009 at 11:10 pm #