May – bite the second

You know what’s coming don’t you?
Just pics of the pond and canal.

May – second chunk


Deep lock and back is all.

Orange tips are increasingly common.
Now here’s a boat name I’ve not come across before: “The Nobby Ferchar”.
The speckled wood was rather battered – presume it was an overwinterer.
Blackbirds are so common that I don’t often snap ’em but this one posed.


Birds: the first swallow I’ve managed to photograph this year – between Chesterfield canal and R. Ryton over Stubbing Lane.
The great tit was hunting along the wall behind “The Mews” (as they’ve rather pretentiously named the houses at the junction of Dock Road and Sandhill Street)
Wagtails are attractive birds, this one, a grey, has a beakful of insects presumably for its infants’ meal.
In the top of our block of flats there’s a blackbirds’ nest.
Quite what this male sparrow was up to I’ve no idea, but it bobbled about like that for quite a few minutes.

Down Stubbing Lane and up the farm track opposite the rugby club.

Blue tits are cute, no?
The horse was all alone – last year there were three or four.
The green veined white was flitting along cow parsley flower to flower – might have been two butterflies – they’re cunning little beasts.
Dunnocks are very easy to mistake as sparrows.


Great tit feeding its offspring.
Chaffinches are for some reason increasingly tuneful.
Another one of those ‘birds on the wire’ this time a robin.
Ever looked at a male mallard’s head feather colours? Really brilliant and varying by the angle you catch them.
This is the closest I’ve managed to photograph a magpie.

One of the few Hugin panorama pics I’ve put in this blog; the rose garden on The Canch:
Rose garden

Rose garden

The butterfly is a female orange tip – no orange on the females.
And a pied wagtail to finish the day.


Near Shireoaks Sport Club orange tip butterflies were mating like mad. The peacock butterfly looks as if it’s a hibernator from last year – quite ragged round the wing edge.

All around, but specially on Shireoaks Woodlands, bird’s foot trefoil are burgeoning. The name’s from the seed pods which do look rather like an avian foot. Most dandelions have gone to seed by now but there’s always new ones blooming.

Sparrows are still quite common round here. Some parts of the country they are becoming rare, apparently.
Can’t be sure what white ducks should be called – they seem to have no trouble mating with mallards. The fish is a bream – caught by ex-miner Pete as I walked past. There’s a trio of goats near the sports club – their eyes are really weird!

Our local kestrel. over the canal and pond.

Our local kestrel. over the canal and pond.


My Birthday!
I am really surprised to have arrived at the grand old age of seventy one! My childhood buddies mostly shuffled off …etc. etc … at much younger ages. I haven’t led a life of the kind which might be expected to give long life. Until about three years ago* I smoked twenty to forty cigs a day and until about ten or fifteen years ago I drank at least five, and often eight, pints of beer a day. I’ve never exercised although I now walk up to ten miles a day – but in a very leisurely way.

*I had a heart attack some three years ago (story herelink) and haven’t smoked since.


Another of the Hugin panoramas. This one is made from about fifteen individual pictures.

The blackbird stood on one leg for ages. Dunno if it had two! The white is, I think, a small white. The tortoiseshell is just that.

The great tit was in the small copse at the West of the pond. The nearest I saw narrowboat Johansa was through the trees as it left Morse Lock. Chaffinches are becoming more vocal as spring passes – most other birds do the inverse. Rooks have beaks much paler than the black beaked crows. I could tell you more about ‘dead nettles’ as I always knew archangels but I can’t be bothered đŸ™‚ – the bees really like em.

That’s all, folks – off to bed – it’s 01 36 AM

7 thoughts on “May – bite the second

  1. As usual, wonderful pictures and thank you for the magpie. I know that lots of people dislike them but I do like them – we see lots hereabouts but – as you said – no sparrows. I remember when my Gran threw crumbs out in the back garden a flock of sparrows came down. Haven’t seen many butterflies here yet – it’s too flippin’ cold!


    • I do quite like maggies they’re often a bit noisy though. (Maugerhay – remember that – Magpie in the hayrick? You wouldn’t recognise it now), Sparrows are very common round here. There’s loads of ‘sparrow bushes’ full of ’em. Warming up here – got quite a sweat on walking yesterday. Butterflies aren’t plentiful but there’s the occasional one or two.



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