1st & 2nd March, including walk to Brancliffe,

Friday 1st

Yawn! Pond Yawn!

11:09:30 Paraglider 
 
 
You would NOT get me up in one of them.

 

I said this was a sparrow, it’s certainly sparrowish but could be summat else, I suppose:

Sparrow

Sparrow

11:28:30 Bark 
 
 
Bark

 
Chaffinch

Chaffinch

Robin

And here’s a robin

 
 
 
Robins sit near the high point of their territory and chirp liquidly to deter interlopers and attract mates.

 

Siskins are quite common here. Never noticed ’em before – always thought they were some sort of tit.

Siskin

Siskin

Variant on the poster …15:00:15 KeepCalm… swans being notoriously calm on the surface while paddling like buggery beneath the waterline.

Another territorial and possibly randy robin:

Robin

Robin

Grebes chat to each other every time they meet after separating to feed:

Pair of grebes

Pair o’ grebes

This flowering cherry is inside the school grounds above the lake:

Cherry blossom

Cherry blossom

They’re doing the towpath in sections. Here’s the end of one at Morse lock.15:21:49 Towpath
 
 
 
 


 


 
 
 
 

Sat 2nd March; to Turnerwood and Brancliffe

Google map of the walkclick
Took advantage of the weekend (vandals had removed the barriers on the towpath) to go to Morse lock to see NB Sentimental Reason passing through. They’d been down to Retford and were on the way back to their marina berth.

Sentimental Reason leaving Morse Lock

Sentimental Reason leaving Morse Lock

Walked round the pond snapping a few things:

Blackthorn blossom looks very like hawthorn but comes out before its leaves.

Blackthorn

Blackthorn

Singing!

Robin

Robin

Sparrows really are beautiful birds:

Sparrow

Sparrow

A tit looking fat and well fed:

Fat bluetit.

Fat bluetit.



After shopping, I decided to have a stroll up to Shireoaks to see Sentimental Reason in the Marina.

The Copper Chopper was overhead – again.

Police helicopter

Copper chopper

The towpath is looking good. Should it be impermeable tarmac though? Any dips will fill up with water and stay that way. (And dips will occur!)

Towpath

New!

Walked on to the Lock Keeper pound. Nb Pebley, which used to be moored at Osberton Lock, was having an outing from the marina.

Nb Pebley at the Lock Keeper

Nb Pebley at the Lock Keeper

14:01:24 Chesterfield canal  Sat 2 Mar 13 274 
 
 
 
 
 On the pound above Doefield Dun lock there was that rare being – a female angler.

 
Sentimental Reason was berthed on the marina

Sentimental Reason was berthed on the marina

 

Through Shireoaks bridge 
 
 
 
 
 Looking through Shireoaks bridge

 

As so often before, instead of turning round as planned, I continued walking to Duke’s Bridge and Cinderhill lock:

Snowdrops between bywash and bridge.

Snowdrops between bywash and bridge.

From Duke’s bridge the canal rises almost 100 feet to the top pound as can be seen on the canal profile hereclick.
It’s a toss up which is the more scenic, Turnerwood flight or Thorpe flight. Myself I think it’d have to be Thorpe.

Turnerwood flight

Turnerwood flight

Brancliffe feederclick enters the canal below Feeder lock. – More to come about the feeder.

At Turnerwood a right turn at the bridge takes the footpath down and along the feeder.
Brancliffe FeederFeeder tunnel under railway 
 
Feeder and its tunnel under the railway.

 

 
The path goes over the railway … 
Brancliffe Feeder  
 
 
 
 
 
… and follows the feeder to the farm.

 

 

There are several clumps of snowdrops next to the farm track:15:12:33 Brancliffe footpath Sat 2 Mar 13 396

15:12:56 snowdrop

From the farm the path takes its new route around the field and under the railway.  
 
 


 
 A load (technical term for “more than two, fewer than twenty”) of peewits were pairing up over the field.15:25:25 Lapwit2

15:22:48 Lapwit

The passage under the railway is still a swamp.

The passage under the railway is still a swamp.

Back at Duke’s bridge a bluetit was nibbling in an alder tree.

Bluetit on Alder

Bluetit on Alder

The rest of the walk I varied by passing round the marina to the north and following the cycle route back to the canal. There’s an old settling pond there – now largely overgrown – there’s my favourite teasels.

Teasels

Teasels

Back on the pond the grebes were looking good in the setting sun.
17:00:38 Godfrey's pond Sat 2 Mar 13 648grebes

Started out to do the whole week but I think that’s enuff for one page.

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