Started, as usual, with a walk round the pond:
Red Admiral on elderberries at the pond
The heron was in his newly preferred place.
And a wren was flitting about in the branches.
Down the canal:
A (common darter?) dragonfly on nettles
Here’s me feeling “arty” again with reflections.
Walked from the bus, round King’s Park & back:
Plenty to see but nothing new until this rat in the “Japanese” pond
Only the pond.
Here’s something I’ve not seen before: a mallard with a fish. I presume that she’d found it dead on the water.
Just to set the record straight, here’s a grebe with a fish.
A couple of mallards got the season wrong.
(Nothing to report for Monday)
Walked to Clumber again
Thought this would make a lovely Christmas card.
Squirrel wandering across the road just outside Hardwick village
Hops: an area to the west of Retford was the main hop-producing region of England until German hops were introduced to Kent.
Clumber chapel has buttresses holding the spire above te roof.
Red Admirals seem to have taken over as the commonest butterfly.
This kestrel was on College Pines golf course on the way back.
A bloody big mushroom. That’s a fifty pence piece.
Round the pond and then Ranby to Retford
A robin on Morse lock.
A slug, just for Christine.
You couldn’t see this and not photograph it.
Berries on wire: jewels on a veil.
Half a wing missing, but flying OK!
Another common darter
Ranby -> Retford
The willow trees between Ranby and the Barracks corner are beautiful.
Between the two Forest middle locks tere were hundreds of Red Admirals …
… and the odd Comma. (back and front)
Thought this was rather impressive.
Rope marks on Lady bridge
Only the pond
Slug with a house.
She’s flashing, he looks very shocked.
Jenny brought her latest.
Another one for Christine. Hee!