Monday, 28 March 2011

Weekend wanderings 27/03/2011

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!
The strutter!

I haven't an ID for this plant yet, there were several along the towpath.
Edit: The plant is Butterbur Petasites hybridus


  1. I like your Grey Wagtail picture Pam.....despite it's choice of surroundings! lol
    Your flower looks very interesting too....almost Orchid like?

  2. Thanks Ruth! Choice surroundings! I was chuffed to get my target bird, it was a bonus after having great views of all the other lovely bird species seen on the walk.

    The flower is Butterbur! The flower spikes appear March-May before the humongous leaves which can grow up to 1m!

  3. Good info on the flower thanks Pam....I'll look out for one!

  4. My pleasure Ruth! Good hunting!

  5. Great pictures there I like the picture of the Grey wagtail.

  6. Thank you Richard! Not the most pleasing of settings but I got my Grey Wagtail!