Today, Crafty Green Boyfriend had a 'volunteering day' off work and chose to officially accompany me on my voluntary patrol of Colinton and Craiglockart Dells along the Water of Leith. (He occasionally comes along with me unofficially on a bank holiday or similar). So he helped me pick litter and record wildlife.
Before we even left our street we had spotted something amazing. Two female house sparrows were fighting very aggressively, with about five other sparrows following them and chirping loudly.
I have no idea why the two birds were fighting like this. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know in the comments below!
The Dells are beautiful at the moment, with all the autumn colours, specially the beech trees
We were delighted to see this grey heron perched on a fallen tree trunk near the weir
and of course there were lots of fungi around.
Orange peel fungi just starting to emerge
Shaggy ink caps
Turkey tail - this photo shows the young fungi at the left of the photo and older fungi to the right
and candle snuff fungi