April – second bit

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Thursday 16th April 2015

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The heron was standing by the canal below Morse Lock for quite a while. It gave a sudden standing lunge, took a fish and flew off with it.
St Anne’s Church makes a good photograph in the distance. A bit of ‘shoppery here to have the near cherry tree and the church both in focus.
Great tits never disappoint – so photogenic.
The small tortoiseshell posed on the equally pretty blackthorn blossom.


A walk around the pond.

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Not the best picture of a heron but not so common actually on the pond.
The robin was high above the pond atop the pear tree.
There’s a boring tale about my always referring to rabbits by their German name. You don’t want to know.
The thrush obviously saw the camera.
The blue beak on this chaffinch was quite noticeable.

Then to Sheffield.

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The ‘Water Feature’ on the station forecourt is quite splendid – most post-60s stuff in Sheffield seems to be rather good; even the monolithic looking block across the bottom of The Moor has its charms (not really!).
Building is still going on, cranes are much in evidence in the city centre – notice the ‘Cheesegrater’ car park here.
Vulcan still looks down from the Town Hall.
On to Graves Park – my old stamping ground.
Crows are the same wherever you go.
This treecreeper kept my attention for ten minutes or so – up a tree; change tree; up a tree; change tree; and so on and so on.
Being spring, there was a glut of lambs in the fields and barns.
Squirrels are reasonably tame here.
Back down to the station and home.


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The west end of the pond from the north.
Until fairly recently I thought that it was only the male that had the ‘red’ breast.
Difficult getting close enough to a wren to get a decent picture.
The weed on this canal overflow seems to form itself into caricatures of Google Earth river deltas.


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The grebes have made a new nest a few yards away from the site of the failed one.
Think these tufted ducks had spotted me.
The canal just above Morse lock. Notice the narcissi.
Grebe settling down on the nest.


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Occasionally there’s a ‘spare’ grebe appearing on the pond. Might be one of last year’s brood. They don’t seem to stay long.
The pair are still apparently discussing the nest.
Magpies: the best description is ‘handsome’, isn’t it?
Speckled wood butterfly: usually the commonest among the shrubs on the north side of the pond.
This mallard semed to have only the one duckling.
Three phenomenally ugly moorhen chicks on the canal. Only a mother could love ’em.


Intended to go to Ranby and walk up the canal back to Worksop. Unfortunately the 42 bus, that used to go all the way to Retford, now only goes to Wilko at Manton Wood. So I wound up walking to Clumber again.

Wrens are omnipresent.
The ants were all fussing round an ant sized hole in the footpath.
A fair percentage of the geese on Clumber great lake are greylags and this little group are obviously trying to increase their voice.
There’s a few great crested grebes on the lake: they challenge each other by hop-flying threateningly along the water . Don’t think they physically attack each other but I might be wrong.

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The pair of mandarins live here all year round.
The ‘plane was absolutely enormous and low. Looking into it later it was an ‘Antonov’ – carries large and/or heavy cargo.
Thrushes will often pose –
-unlike hoverflies!

Did a load of panoramas:

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Really (IMHO) worth taking a closer look.

Wednesday the Twenty-second of April 2015

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The robin was chirruping loudly.
The top of Shireoaks Woodlands is terrific for panoramas.
Gorse blooms all year round – bees take advantage when they’re around.


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Never knowingly seen a black cap now a female and a male.
The greenfinch is another less common visitor.
As always, I’m not convinced about the ‘chiffchaffiness’ of the warbler.


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After the heron on the pond and kestrel over the rugger field, the buzzards near Lady Lee nature reserve made my day.
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Watched them for a good five minutes.


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First coot family on the pond.
Ever present great crested grebe.
Narrowboat Shekinah approaching Morse Lock.


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Warbler -is it a chiffchaff as I think?
Long tailed tit doin’ the buggerin’ off.
Heron yawning.
One of Ian’slink dogs doing his macho thing.


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I feel sure that robins intentionally pose for the camera.
Thrushes always take a good picture.
Thirteen kids!
I do like skyscapes.


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Not so common as they used to be – sparrow.
Still on the nest.
Dandelions would be coveted if they were rarer.
Small birds, like chaffinches, are very acrobatic.

Wednesday the Twenty-ninth of April

What did I say about thrushes?
More rabbit.
Moer robin.

Didn’t do anything on the thirtieth.
May coming up!

4 thoughts on “April – second bit

  1. I do like the heron pictures – powerful looking creatures. I surprised one just along from Water-cum-Jolly and it flew straight at me before swerving up – very scary.


  2. Hi… I have stumbled across this website rather haphazardly, but believe you may be able to shed some light on something for me……possibly? Whilst cycling by the canal just past old spring wood I noticed a building just back off the path and rather a lot of waste/trash etc……when I arrived home I decided to check it out on google maps, to my surprise scattered around the field is literally dozens of used vehicles, what’s strange is I can see absolutely no road/lane leading into this field (just a canal on one side & a train track on the other!!) Would love to hear anything you know about this place or even whether you have come across it and are as perplexed as myself! Hope to hear back…….


    • It’s a guy who seems to own a whole load of land there, from Pudding Dyke Bridge (no 34) to Thorpe Locks Bridge (no 35). He’s an elderly bloke who I often see going up and down the towpath on his bike. He seems to be just a magpie – collector of any- and every- thing that gets discarded by others. There is access via Pudding Dyke bridge I think. He’s been there for years, as is obvious from the amount of stuff. I’ve been told his name but forgotten it.


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