Still in February

Some harbour pics by request: Portsoy,link and Stonehaven,link in Aberdeenshire; from my Scottish sojourn.


Friday 19th Feb ’16

Blossom’s beginning to spread, there’s sloe and hawthorn above. The individual hawthorn (a.k.a. may) blooms are half the size of the sloe (a.k.a. blackthorn).
There’s been a pair of swans on the lake for about a month now, here they’re down the shallower west end among the reeds.


Elder trees – shrubs really – have very craggy bark that seems to encourage infestation by other species, be it moss, fungus or lichen or any combination.
The kestrel had been perched on top of the rugby post when it suddenly, faster than I could raise the camera, dived (stooped?) down out of sight behind the hedge. this is a ‘shopped‘ pic with two together.
Mallards quite often ‘stand up’, spreading and flapping their wings. It’s most frequently after a dive to wash or deflea but this drake was celebrating his conquest of a female.
Alder trees have had catkins for a while now but so far there’s no this year’s green cones.


Saturday 20th Feb ’16

Here’s our pair of swans again and a goldfinch.


Bluetit, great tit – twice and a chaffinch, also twice.


‘Twas raining at the time. Here’s a drop hanging on a twig.
Only one hawthorn among the possible hundred in the hedge is leafing up.
Blackbirds are ubiquitous.


Sunday 21st Feb ’16

Shireoaks Woodlands have quite a few varied lichens, these two were on the same tree. The tree is the only one with lichen among several hundred or so without.
The thorns are absolutely enormous, by rose standards that is, over half an inch (say 1cm ish) from point to base.
The fungus is a kind that seems to like rotting vegetation – this one is on some mowings at the side of the footpath. The only other place I’ve seen ’em is on heaps of chopped up tree bitslink at Godfrey’s Pond.

Shireoaks Marina is at the site of the old colliery basin. Why the colliery had a basin, I don’t know. As the canal predates the colliery it was presumably used to ship coal but the railway was about the same time as the pit so …
Shireoaks church had a spire till 1973 when subsidence made it unsafe. Four grotesques at the upper corners of the remaining tower are rather gothic despite the church being Victorian.


The fence at the Lock Keeper has patches of lichen growing on it.
The grebe pictures are of the two at Godfrey’s Pond. They are not the same grebe twice!
A Ponderama.


Monday 22nd Feb ’16

Gimpy tufty – the one that’s got a duff wing and leg.
A pair of ducks on a pair of floating planks on the pond. The female’s a mallard, dunno what the male is, it’s a generic domestic duck.


Only two goosanders on the pond today, patrolling up and down at the shallow end.
The swans were further down (up?) the lake.


Sunny day view from ‘Lady Lee bridge’.
Pair of crows up in the trees near Stret Lock.
Back towards town there’s a thrush singing his heart out. I’ve made two versions – after and before ‘shopping.


Tuesday 23rd Feb ’16

Mr Swan posing on the posing log.
This canal view I take every time I pass this point. I have thought of making an anigif over a year – bit too much like work though.
Another of those lichen pics.
From the top of the blind bridge that used to cross the Lady Lee arm the view across the the field south with the sun peering from the clouds.

A couple of panoramas – the first is the canal – it’s straight there actually, the bend is an artefact of the pano software. The second is the east end of the rugby field that I chiefly took for the sky.
Just liked the pigeon perching on the back of the bench – dunno why.

Back in a while

5 thoughts on “Still in February

  1. Well the may (blossom) might be out where you are love, but this lass for one isn’t casting any clouts, I can tell thee! I prefer to wait until the month of May is out! The lichens and fungi are fascinating and beautiful. I’m still not sure about the difference between rooks and crows. Think the trees round here have rooks. It’s wonderful to see spring unfolding in your pictures.

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    • Spring is sprung
      The grass is riz
      I wonder where
      The birdies iz

      Someone once said to me: “If you see one rook – it’s a crow; if you see lots of crows – they’re rooks
      No idea how to tell at a distance but closer rooks have a pale bit at the base of their bill.



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