Final November post

Sunday 25th

The River Ryton was well up – almost over its banks.RytonHigh
Sunday was Stret Lock’s open day see here for a tour.

Stret Lock open day

Stret Lock open day


Python came down from Shireoaks Miners’ Welfare. Some pictures of it reversing to Deep Lock here.
Python about to moor up outside the Lock Keeper.

Python about to moor up outside the Lock Keeper.


The sky was threatening.

The sky was ominous.

- as black as a tar barrel.

– as black as a tar barrel.

This tree looks particularly threatening. I didn't realise how many pics of it I'd taken: see later ...

This tree looks particularly threatening. I didn’t realise how many pics of it I’d taken: see later …

Back down to the lake.

Grebes on the pond.

Grebes on the pond.

Several pics of a male goosander in flight.

Several pics of a male goosander in flight.


Here's a male flanked by two females.

Here’s a male flanked by two females.

Monday 26th

Only a mallard, but they are beautifully plumaged(!?)MallardN

And here’s a blackbird with a haw.BlackbirdBerry
And (surprise, surprise) a grebe.Grebe012

Goosander numbers were up.

Goosander numbers were up.

Just a pic of Squeak with her tongue

Just a pic of Squeak with her tongue

Tuesday 27th

An old friend came to visit. I walked up the canal before we met.

More goosanders.

More goosanders.

This nest was very visible now that the leaves had gone.
27:11:28:12 MossNest

Up towards Rhodesia (the village not the country) there’s a field behind a hawthorn hedge that’s full of teasels. (There’s also C&RT’s sludge pond.)27:11:31:15 TeaselField

These trees looked as if the were taking off their topcoats.27:11:37:07 unzipATree

In the Lock Keeper (the pub) garden, there’s a windvane atop a pagoda style of thing. It’s a narrowboat complete with dog.27:11:51:25 NbWind

Said friend had her, well her husband’s, dog with her.
27:12:15:56 Jessy

Back at the pond mallards were promenading. They reminded me of Edwardian ladies.
27:14:15:19 MallardsPromenading

This little chap was cheerfully retrieving a ball from the chilly water.
27:14:19:51 Woof

Wednesday 28th

Market day and the woo merchants were in full swing. This guy offers natural pain relief for people and animals together with improved fuel consumption and prayers on request.28:14:00:56 Wooooooo

This couple of buskers were quite excellent.28:14:01:45 Busking

Why do alder trees have flowers (catkins) and fruit (cones) at the same time?AlderFlowerFruit

Always attractive but the sunlight adds a little something.WillowPoplar

I’ve realised that when a pair of mallards are head ducking at each other for a few minutes then they’re likely to do something else shortly afterwards. 28:14:46:26 NallardsAtIt

Thursday 29th

Gulls are populating the pond. They’re really quite beautiful and such excellent fliers.29:11:40:13 Gulls

Willow branches dip into the water and become roots.29:12:12:42 WillowBranchRoot

If it wasn’t for the leafless trees this could be summer.
29:12:56:52 NovemberCanal

If they’re not “at it” mallards are likely to be fighting.
29:13:06:22 MallardsFight

Friday 30th

On the last day of November clover blooming.30:12:29:50 Clover

Here’s that tree again, against a clear sky this time.30:12:35:39 treeSky

Blackbirds seem to be the commonest bird.30:13:15:13 Blackbird

Fairly low flying helicopter.30:13:16:27 chopper

Grebes.30:13:18:04 Grebes2

These nettles, not usually photogenic, are made so by morning frost.30:13:31:51 NettleFrost

As soon as I appear birds “bugger off”.30:14:31:01 SwanBuggerinOff

I do like this “posed” picture.30:14:38:38 Grebe

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