First half of April

Anyone who voted tory can bugger off.
I love you not!

As before the appropriate page on Flickr is linked after every load o’ pics.
I’ve done quite a few Hugin panoramas but not put a lot on here – they’re all on Flickr.

All Fool’s Day

“April Fool” and such customs are stupid. That was a bonus and unsolicited opinion with the compliments of the management.

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The cat Gingernuts vanished at the beginning of March (ish) leaving Gingerkit as the sole representative of his colourway.
I believe the small bird to be a chiffchaff but it might be a willow warbler. As before this is to be extended to all occurrences of the bird.
Saw Nb Carrie Lou first at the shopping centre & walked up to Morse with them.
The magpies posed for the picture but the crows were scavenging in the mallards’ left overs. The left hand crow seems to have a broken beak.

Second of April

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A wren hiding in the undergrowth.
Last year I spent ages bounding over tussocks and through shrubberies trying to catch a brimstone butterfly for long enough to photograph it. This year I saw this one on a the way to Shireoaks Hall.
The tree silhouette and sky I thought looked quite good so I ‘shopped it a bit.
Herons are always photogenic.
The willows on the fishing ponds at the Hall are also begging to be snapped.

April the Fourth

(What happened to the third? Dunno! – Canna recall.)

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The grebes have given up on the eggs.
Narrowboat Carrie Lou (see the first for earlier pic) was leaving – presumably after visiting Shireoaks Marina.
Chaffinches seem to be taking over from robins as the local songsters.


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The grebes doing their dancing. Seeing that a few years ago is what got me interested in nature & photography.
There’s often buzzards over Shireoaks Woodlands, as the reclaimed pit spoil heap is now officially known.
Ladybirds aren’t that often seen so early – here’s one on blackthorn blossom.
Don’t think I’ve seen, or at least identified, a jackdaw before.

Monday the Sixth of April 2015

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Peacock butterflies come out of hibernation to begin this year’s parenting.
Wrens are so elusive that when they are seen it’s essential to get as many pics as possible.
Even frogs are becoming less common.
Just liked these “Reservoir Ducks”!


Bus to Manton then walk to Clumberlink Google maps. Did a load of panorama pics of the lake (among other things):

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The pair of robins were on the path round Godfrey’s pond.
The brimstone was the first ‘snappable’ thing I saw in Clumber.
The tractor and multiple plough thing is absolutely gigantic!
There’s apparently open days at the farm on Wednesdays.
𝄞♫ We were only playing leapfrog!♬♪ (you might need to look again to see it)
Fascinating tree: A birch sapling growing out of a conifer stump.


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Frequently see a pair of butterflies spiralling around each other up into the sky. Not so common to see them actually on the ground ‘at it’.
Often think I’ve seen a sparrow when it’s really a dunnock – note the thinner beak.
The male pheasant was protectively following a female, she’s just visible in the grass.
A fairly good close up of a small tortoiseshell.


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Wasp on catkin.
This was the first, at least the first that I saw, brood of ducklings on the pond this year. Imagine trying to rear thirteen kids! The herons, corvids, gulls and pike have their share though.
Surprisingly the peacock was almost pristine. Most of the early ones are hibernators from last year and tend to be a bit battered.
Don’t very often see multiple herons around: these two were on the ‘Long Lake’ at Shireoaks Hall.
Squirrel froze under the camera lens.


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More tortoiseshells at it.
Chiffchaffs (or willow warblers?) are a touch common round here.
Still photographing lichen!
This is the condition that most early peacock butterflies are in: wings looking a bit nibbled.


Didn’t do owt: just ponderamas and cherry blossom

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Great tits cling to anything while searching for their insect food.
Blackthorn blossom is beautiful, isn’t it?
Robins are still Singing merrily.
Some distance away the heron and the pheasant were eyeing each other rather suspiciously.


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Narrowboat ‘Robin Hood’ is a hire boat that we see up here every now and then. They can just make it to the head of navigation and back in a week. Saw this family up at Thorpe Locks later in the week. There’s also ‘Maid Marion’ and apparently, although I’ve only seen it moored at Ranby, ‘Little John’.
Coltsfoot, looks a bit like dandelion but the stems are distinctive, closes up in cooler weather.
Chaffinches sing still.
On the canal there’s a few moorhen nests – here’s one with two chicks.


To Kiveton Bridge station on the train and walked down the (Chesterfield) canal home.
There’s a whole load of pictures so I really recommend looking at Flickr.

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The old colliery offices at Kiveton are now used as offices by sundry companies. The building is very ‘Victorian’ looking.
The top pound of the canal is beautiful at this time – fresh green all around. There are some wood anemones and hints of the bluebells to come. The pound can be chopped into sections at narrowings by dropping planks into slots in the stone.
Comma butterflies are called that because of a distinct white shape on the underside of the wing.
Grey (or is it ‘Gray’?) wagtails courting.
An orange tip on last year’s blackberries.


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At the west end of the pond the puddles are used by every sort of bird to bathe.
Tortoiseshells abound.
Love skies – a bit of ‘shoppery can enhance nature.

That’s half the month done.

Back soon.

4 thoughts on “First half of April

  1. Loads of jackdaws next-door-but-one, in the sycamores. They scare smaller birds, leave sticks over the road as they try to nest in eaves, and make a real mess of anything underneath them.

    And every sycamore key that twirled its way through the sky has germinated this year. I’ve turned into a mad old lady who weeds out the seedlings wherever she finds them.

    Good job its a secret ballot – innit?


  2. Of course some of the other corvids might be misidentified so there might be loads of jackdaws around.
    Sycamores should be illegal. And anyone voluntarily allowing one to grow should be sanctioned.

    Dunno, I’d like to castigate tory voters.


  3. A sycamore branch fell onto the playground at Eyam. The Peak Park tree man came to see whether I could have the rest of it cut down before it killed a child. There were parents incandescent with rage when the tree man agreed that trees were more important to him than children.
    But the tree was cut down.



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