A walk along Caunsall canal was to be a real treat today despite the cloud cover, such a pity the sun did not shine! Chiffchaffs were heard on arrival and several heard and seen throughout the afternoon. A flock of c40 Redwings were in Ivy covered trees no doubt eating the juicy berries, a Brambling was spotted whilst viewing the Redwings and a small flock of Fieldfare flew over. Mistle Thrush were seen several times at least 6 individuals. 3 Buzzards were mewing and soaring and 2 of these an obvious pair. Long-tailed Tits were as numerous as Blue and Great tits and a pair of Nuthatch were seen gathering mud from an embankment for their nest making, a delightful sight! At the sewage treatment works were my target bird for the day Grey Wagtail, a pair! Just the two surprisingly and a single Pied Wagtail. The remaining species seen today were Blackbird, Wren, Robin, Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Moorhen, Mallard, a Kestrel on the way home and Greenfinch heard. A Peacock strutted it's stuff in one of the paddocks, a nice surprise and a great sight to see!
Not a very picturesque perch but the Grey Wagtail was at a sewerage works!
I haven't an ID for this plant yet, there were several along the towpath.
Edit: The plant is Butterbur Petasites hybridus