Just thought I’d write a quick post about my first lifer of 2014. Whilst wandering around The Lodge today, searching for patch species, I found a delightfully subtle gall on a branch of oak – Andricus inflator. I didn’t have a camera with me, so I brought the twig in question home with me so I could photograph it at my leisure. Notice how I have managed to achieve that wonderful ‘bleached-out’ effect that photographers find so desirable.

Andricus inflator

Other species seen today on patch were Marble Gall, Common Spangle Gall, Cola Nut Gall, a pair of Ravens, two Heather Ladybirds and a Muntjac. Decent.