March – first tranche

Every time I go walkies I take some “Panorama” pics – most dates have at least one. The “Flickr album” links are what they say, the number is the total number on that date; in most (all?) cases there’s many more pics on there. Every time I go out with the camera, even if only to town, I take over 100 pictures. On a longer walk I can take up to 1000. Selecting pics can take quite a time, as can be imagined, especially as I like to give them some ‘post production’link – cropping, colour correcting and size checking.

If anyone is interested from the previous post, the lens I eventually bought was a Tamron 16-300. The ‘300’ means that it’s pretty good at distant stuff, e.g. the many grebe pics; the ’16’ means it does well at landscapy type things: used for a lot of the panoramas. It also allows pretty good ‘macros’ or close-ups → lichens, individual flowers, insects and stuff.


Unfortunately I don’t seem to have the time, or come to that the inclination, to do this blogging thing conscientiously. Anyway, as April’s nearly out, here’s some of March’s pics:

Sunday the first

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The blackthorn or sloe bushes around begin to blossom. You can tell ’em from hawthorn because they bloom before they leaf.
The great crested grebes laid eggs – at least three – in their floating nest. Just as last year the first laying didn’t survive and they’ve now made a new nest a few yards away.
Blackbirds are common as muck but this one posed for the portrait so I obliged.

Second

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The grebe was off incubating duty, filling the inner bird.
Long tailed tits are possibly the cutest birds you’ll ever see.
The landing drake seemed to be shouting at the duck to get out of the way.
There’s quite a few lichen pics – some trees, specially elder, seem to be almost covered in the stuff.
The pied wagtail is one of a flock that hang around Worksop town centre – notice it has a club foot that doesn’t seem to be adversely affecting it.

Third

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One of the ponderamas.
Very rarely are grebes seen on their feet, their legs are so far back on their bodies that walking is not a preferred mode.
This time a grey wagtail – often around the Lock Keeper pub on the canal.

Fourth

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There’s terrific views from the top of Shireoaks Woodlands – it’s the reclaimed spoil heap or “tip” from the defunct Shireoaks pit. They (who?) have done a really excellent job of earthing it and tree planting. (I like clouds)
Things you don’t see unless you look for ’em : female hazel flowers. They’re small – under 4mm across but bright crimson.
The snowdrops are near Shireoaks Sports Club.
Skeletal trees look really good against the sun.

Fifth

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There were actually two herons further down towards the rail bridge but they never came near enough to get a decent pic.
The priory Church graveyard was quite purkle with crocuses.
The squirrel was bobbing about on The Canch.
There’s quite a few bullfinches around, they’re not as common as chaffs but not far off.`

Sixth

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Tufted ducks – here showing the name tuft – are the second cutest birds.
Think the grebes had spotted the camera.

Seventh

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Grebes about to swap duty.
Dunno if robins are searching for mates or defending their territories, they sing either way.
All the mallards seem to be paired up now.
Playing with moon pics.

Sunday the eighth

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The ‘duty’ grebe is checking the eggs ready for settling down.
Blue tits have to be fairly high up on the ‘cuteness’ scale.
Told you ’bout the lichens.
Not knowingly seen one on the pond before, that’s a shoveler with the grebe. Saw one on the previous day’s walk down Manton way.

Ninth

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Single snowdrop.
Chaffinch above.
Robin advertising.

Tenth

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Dunnocks look very similar to sparrows but have a much thinner beak. They’re quite common round here.
Wrens are everywhere, fleeting glimpses low in the undergrowth are the usual fare but when territorialising or mate hunting they’ll advertise themselves higher up.
Grebe on t’ nest – what else to say?
Can’t recall if this was the first butterfly that I snapped this year but it seems to be. Some hibernate as adults over winter in order to give themselves a head start in the mating game. Peacocks especially do this. This is a tortoiseshell looking rather too fresh to be a hibernator.

Eleventh

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Unusual, for me at least, lichen.
A great tit and a blue tit.
And a robin using a fence as a podium for song.

Twelfth

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Another of the second cutest birds on the pond – a tufted duck.
Another capture of a tiny wren.
Multicoloured lichen.
Think the high raptor is a kestrel.
Important late winter/early spring foodstuff for birds, the fruit of the ivy.

Thirteenth

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I always check the grebes, nesting or not.
A couple of ‘double’ pics:
I was uncertain about the identity of the chiffchaff until I tweeted the pic.
The blue tit was bowing quite theatrically.

Fourteenth

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Robin chirruping thrice.
The grebe’s nest from the top footpath.
The canal looking down to Morse Lock.


Back for t’ second ‘alf o’ t’ month soon.

2 thoughts on “March – first tranche

  1. Tufted ducks are the cutest birds! I voted for ‘wren’ in the ‘Vote for Britain’s National Bird’ thing. I love barn owls but wrens are tiny, noisy, feisty and a reminder of farthings, and also have a great Latin name. The robin is sure to win though. Love the Ponderama! My garden is literally overrun with grey squirrels, burying stuff, digging up stuff and stealing the birds’ food. My best sight this week – Mrs Blackbird collecting beakfuls (?) of moss to line her nest.

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  2. Tufties are really cute – they’re staying here this year by the looks of it – they usually depart for the summer. Yes, I like trogs – they’re all over but so hard to catch on camera. The kids round here are evil – seen a dead squirrel and blackbird – air gun victims. There’s a load of ponderamas on Flickr, some of ’em are absolutely gigantic in the originals – made out of up to 30 pics. There’s a blackbird’s nest in the roof above the top flats here.

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