Finally saw waxwings while I’d got the camera:
Waxwings flocking on the Priory shopping centre car park
Here’s a zoom and a ‘shopped blow up
They moved to the roof above M&S
With a count: at least 96!
A wren – not easy to catch
Rubbish – who’d carry it right out here to dump?
Little murderous Gingerkit brought this in.
Quite often one of these overhead – out of Netherthorpe – more guts than me!
Chaffinch doin’ the buggerin’ off.
Now, I’d got this down as a sparrow but I’m told it’s more likely a dunnock!
Not as common as they used to be
Great crested about to change over egg sitting duties
About to settle down
A blackbird collecting nest stuff
Grebe on nest
Bringing some nest material
A pussy willow flower
Police chopper overhead
Goldfinches next to Stret lock on the canal
Two views of a LBJ*
*“LBJ” = Little Brown Job, to avoid sparrow/dunnock/etc problem
Not the easiest to snap: a cloud of midges.
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.
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
… and one of the first ducklings.
This is where Bracebridge feeder begins.
Here’s mummy with the kids.
Did virtually nowt:
Here’s a thrush.
A bee on sloe flower
Male pussy willow flower
A beautiful spray of sloe (blackthorn) blossom.
Walked up to Haggonfields lock & back
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” below Rhodesia.
A brace of small tortoiseshells courting above Godfrey’s pond.
Consensus is that these are mallard/muscovy crosses (at Stret lock)