Saturday 6th July
The cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae) caterpillar feeds on ragwort, the yellow flower common round Godfrey’s pond.
There’s a chiffchaff that spends several hours a day on the same twig every day, calling incessantly.
The flowering rush is an interesting plant (Wiki). First saw it last year – this year there’s more blooms.
Sunday 7thRound the pond then walked up to Lindrick, turning right off the canal at Cinderhill.
Steered a family back towards Anston from Brancliffe Farm. Back home down the canal totally knackered. I’ve begun every walk with this view: between two of the poplars at the West end of the pond,
Sparrows aren’t as common as they used to be.
The posing log has resurfaced as the weather dries out.
Mallard chicks are omnipresent but there’s a tufted duck who’s had a brood on the canal – first I’ve seen.
And another chiffchaff.
Up to Shireoaks with a slight diversion round the marina.
Honeysuckle is blooming, climbing up, in this case, hawthorn.
The Narrowboat was winding in the entrance to Shireoaks Marina prior to mooring ready to go back down.
Skippers (Ochlodes sylvanus) are quite common. Only last week I first identified pimpernells on the old pit spoil heap at Shireoaks.
Cinderhill is a hamlet on the outskirts of Shireoaks. Duke’s Bridge over the canal was rebuilt in 1998. Here I turned right, down to what is now a cornfield along the new pathway under the railway to Brancliffe farm.
Dunno what this waspy thing is … and here’s some grass seeding just for the hell of it..
Not sure what this bird was – a raptor of some kind – buzzard?. It was circling over a distant field.
(Don’t forget: you can click on any picture to see it bigger.)
Ringlet butterflies, odd stumps in hedgerows and flowers on walls as Brancliffe farm buildings approach:
Always swallows over the farm:
Sundry small flowers on route through the bottom of Lindrick dale:
Up to the canal and then a steady walk down:
The locks are some of the most attractive man made constructions I know. The names seem to be strange but have their reasons; i.e. there once was a brickyard uphill from the canal, using the clay from the field below. – according to Trevor.
There are rarely anglers on the canal above Cinderhill, when you see fish like these you wonder why.
And just to finish the day Tufty mum with three chicks: