First bit of April

Monday first

Finally saw waxwings while I’d got the camera:

Waxwings flocking on the Priory shopping centre car park

Waxwings flocking on the Priory shopping centre car park

Waxwings

Here’s a zoom and a ‘shopped blow up

Waxwings on M&S roof

They moved to the roof above M&S

Waxwings counted

With a count: at least 96!

A wren - not easy to catch

A wren – not easy to catch

Dumped bird cage

Rubbish – who’d carry it right out here to dump?

Little murderous Gingerkit brought this in.

Little murderous Gingerkit brought this in.



Tuesday

Paraglider thing Quite often one of these overhead - out of Netherthorpe - more guts than me!

Quite often one of these overhead – out of Netherthorpe – more guts than me!

Chaffinch doin' the buggerin' off.

Chaffinch doin’ the buggerin’ off.

Now, I’d got this down as a sparrow but I’m told it’s more likely a dunnock!

Sparrow. Not as common as they used to be

Not as common as they used to be

Robin

Robin



Wednesday

Great crested about to change over egg sitting duties

Great crested about to change over egg sitting duties

Changing over

Changing over

About to settle down

About to settle down

A blackbird collecting nest stuff

A blackbird collecting nest stuff

Gooses

Gooses



Thursday

Songster

Songster



Friday

Grebe on nest

Grebe on nest

Bringing some nest material

Bringing some nest material

A pussy willow flower

A pussy willow flower



Saturday

Police chopper overhead

Police chopper overhead

Male chaffinch

Male chaffinch

Female chaffinch

Female chaffinch

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Goldfinches next to Stret lock on the canal

Goldfinches next to Stret lock on the canal

Two views of a LBJ

Two views of a LBJ*

Not the easiest to snap: a cloud of midges.

Not the easiest to snap: a cloud of midges.


*“LBJ” = Little Brown Job, to avoid sparrow/dunnock/etc problem



Sunday

After the usual walk around the lake …
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… I set off to walk to Shireoaks. Carried away by the weather, and an ice cream at Turnerwood, I continued and eventually reached Thorpe Bridge and took the footpath to Lindrick Dale and back to Duke’s Bridge and home via the golf course and Moses’ Seat.
Some pics:
among other stuff: first ducklings of the year at Shireoaks; ramsons (wild garlic) thriving; Turnerwood’s swan nesting; feeder snaking; plover flying; fire brigade training:
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Between Deep and Haggonfields locks saw something rather “nature: cruel & uncaring”. Two drakes jumped a female and “raped” her, holding her underwater ’til she drowned. Here’s an anigif: it’s rather a big file (6+mb) so I’ll link to it for your takeitorleaveitness.

Just a few full size pics:

One of the first bees of the year

One of the first bees of the year

... and one of the first ducklings.

… and one of the first ducklings.

This is where Bracebridge feeder begins.

This is where Bracebridge feeder begins.

Here's mummy duck with the kids.

Here’s mummy with the kids.



Monday 8th

Did virtually nowt:

Here's a thrush.

Here’s a thrush.



Tuesday

Blossom time:

A bee on sloe flower

A bee on sloe flower

Male pussy willow flower

Male pussy willow flower

A beautiful spray of sloe (blackthorn) blossom.

A beautiful spray of sloe (blackthorn) blossom.



Wednesday

Walked up to Haggonfields lock & back

This isn't a blackthorn - it's a damson flower.

This isn’t a blackthorn – it’s a damson flower. On the towpath at the cricket pitch.

Nipped off the towpath to snap the "field of teasels"

Nipped off the towpath to snap the “field of teasels” below Rhodesia.

A brace of small tortoiseshells courting

A brace of small tortoiseshells courting above Godfrey’s pond.

Consensus is that these are mallard/muscovy crosses

Consensus is that these are mallard/muscovy crosses (at Stret lock)

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