A Week of Wazzocking

Don’t forget to click the pics to see ’em bigger.

Monday the Seventh of March Twenty Sixteen

Another of those panorama shots of the pond. Getting fed up with ’em yet? Tough!
Starlings are really underrated, they’re beautiful birds.
Think this is a pair of great crested grebes. (As opposed to just two hanging about together)


I am fascinated by Jelly ear fungus. It’s almost exclusively found on elder but occasionally elsewhere – herelink on willow.
Robin in ivy.
Goldfinch on burdock.


This kestrel was perched on the rugby post for a good few minutes looking for prey on the pitch below. Must be more energy efficient than hovering.
The flower is plum blossom on the tree by the cricket pitch.
Very pretty, especially when tootling along on calm water. Couldn’t Mondrian have done something with a mallard drake?
There was a moorhen’s nest in this drain last year – plenty of time yet this year.


Gulls are common as muck on and around the pond.


Tuesday 8th


One of our local kestrels. Hanging about in the distance and perched in the hedge at the East end of the rugby field.


Grebes – one making its way up the pond and a pair doing likewise and then chatting.


I love the plumage of female mallards. It’s not as bright as the male’s, being made for camouflage rather than advertisement, but is so intricate.
Lichen has many different colours here’s just a couple.
The goldfinch was in undergrowth across the canal.
The heron was at first on the bank of the Ryton but later walked up the field.


Ever been checked out by a canada goose?


Wed 9/3/16

Still snapping away at lichen.
The, rather distant, flying flock was a crowd of redwings. They are small thrushes – the red shows under the wings when in flight.
The river was at the highest I’ve seen it for a while – here’s the Environment Department’s gauge point – the water over the measurement weir is almost level.
You’re rarely out of range of a robin’s song. They’re in every hedgerow and shrubbery.
The panorama is twelve pictures ‘Huginedlink‘ together. Taken from the bridge on Stubbing Lane, it shows the River Ryton up and down stream with the roadway up towards Sandy Lane in the centre.
Pussy willow catkins collect raindrops.
Already mentioned but worth another – I bought this cheeseboard online – it’s been well used in the short time I’ve had it.


Thursday 10th

Still goosanders visiting the pond.
Only one grebe pic today.
There’s always blackbirds about. They’re probably the most often seen bird so I don’t bother photographing them often however here’s two as a sample.
This is a dunnock not a sparrow which is what I would have called it a few years ago (as would one of my readers apparently, from her comments in the past).
Thrushes are another fairly common bird but not as obvious as blackbirds (which are also thrushes of course). They are distinguished from female blackbirds by their speckled breasts and especially their song. Thrushes have the rather noxious sounding genus name of Turdus.


A lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria (or both) living among filaments of a fungus in a symbiotic relationship. The combined life form has properties that are very different from the properties of its component organisms.Wikipedia link Here’s a lichen, a fungus infested shoot and a fungus being invaded by lichen.
On Shireoaks Woodlands there’s a couple of willow trees with catkins. Some catkins are showing their pollen while others are merely acting as raindrop holders.


Shireoaks to Cinderhill is a short walk past the yard of RDS, a refrigerated trucking firm, with the cricket ground across the canal beyond the pollarded trees.
Further on at the Notts-Yorks boundary at the aqueduct there’s a strange piece of equipment that’s been dumped in the river below.
From Duke’s Bridge much of Turnerwood Flight stretches up to the west.
A blue tit calls from a bush back towards the village.


Shireoaks Hall is in a sad state of disrepair.
Down the side of the Hall are the remains of the ha-ha – a ditch walled at one side.
Walking on to and past the Sports and Social Club there’s a sparrow (or dunnock?) in the ivy and the daffs are coming out among the snowdrops.
The small bird in the treetop was probably another dunnock (or sparrow!).
Down towards home the great tit was chirruping merrily.


Really these two pics should be in Friday’s section but I didn’t go out on Friday so these are the only two I took.
The dog sitting in the driver’s seat amused me. It was directly outside my back door so I took a pic.
Tessa, my next door neighbour, gave me a cooked chicken on the tenth. (surplus to requirements after aborted grandchild visit) I unwisely left it out for a few minutes, after taking two meals off it. and this is the result.

Saturday 12th Mar

A few grebe pics and several coltsfoots at the pond.


I got the small blue flower down as “ground ivy”; quite prepared to be corrected though.
The kes was high up on the Woodlands a good distance from the footpath.
The two great tits might be a pair – can’t see enough of the chestal stripe to see if one’s female.
More polleny pussy willow …
… reed mace or bullrushes above deep lock.

Didn’t go out on Sunday so that’s a week’s pics.

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4 thoughts on “A Week of Wazzocking

  1. Love all the pictures but the raindrops on the willow catkin one is amazing! I think it’s ground ivy too – my garden is overrun with it. I like starlings and miss them greatly, they were the most common garden bird when I was a child in Norton. Now I rarely see any – though there were some over in Sale where Ludovic used to live. The most common birds in my garden are blackbirds and blue tits, with magpies and wood pigeons next, then robins and sparrows. Occasionally see rooks, jays, coal tits, long-tailed tits, bullfinches, chaffinches, woodpeckers, tree creepers, A male tawny owl lives across the road and I’ve seen a sparrowhawk in my back garden a couple of times. Sadly, since the large old house behind our back garden has been ‘done up’ the bats have disappeared. I used to see them every evening on my way back from visiting mother as well as often meeting Mr Tod who just used to stand and look at me before loping off about his business. He has relocated too. The grey squirrels are ubiquitous – drat them!

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    • Catkins hold water as if they were oily; the drops hold their shape.
      The ‘ground ivy’ was much bluer than pictures I’ve found – it generally seems to be purple.
      With my cats I rarely see any birds in the garden. Round the pond there’s loads of sparrows and only slightly fewer starlings. Blackbirds are everywhere – they’re the commonest bird I see (apart from gulls, tufties and mallards of course).
      guy a few doors away says he gets coal tits quite often but I’ve never seen one. Owls & sparrowhawks are strangers to me here. Often see kingfishers but rarely long enough to photograph.
      If Bats were nesting in the house then I’d think it was breaking the law to do it up to their detriment: Aren’t bats protected?
      No foxes: loads o’ squirrels & rabbits. Apparently deer have been seen on some of ‘my’ patch. but not by me.


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