Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sunshine on my shoulders....04/02/2017

Sunshine on My Shoulders
John Denver

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high

Sunshine, now that was yesterday and today we have a pea-souper which is unfortunately very slow to clear!

4th February.
What a welcome change to be out walking in the fresh air and in sunshine! I was still wrapped up well but did not need a hat during my walk and my gloves at times were also not needed. As I have mentioned it is foggy this morning and very cold so I am staying in the warm and posting on here instead of going on a planned canal walk, maybe later today it will be clearer.

Brake Mill Pools, West Hagley,  was the area for my walk. I was there for almost 2 hours and I  have to say the walking was minimal in the area covered but the species seen where a delight to see so no rush to move on at times.

Species seen were in no particular order: Pied Wagtail, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Grey Heron, Goosander, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Swan with her 4 cygnets ( I expect they will get their marching orders soon), Buzzard, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw and Magpie and a multitude of Gulls.

                                     A quiet pool, that is until a couple of hours later.

2 male and 2 'female type ' Goosanders on the pool. Later on my walk to the larger pool I managed to spot through the dense trees 8 Goosander, 2 males and 6 'female type'.

                                    A coot taking off after a wash and brush up!


Blue Tit

Enjoying the warm sunshine on his shoulders...and back and legs and head. :-)

Lovely to hear the bird song on my walk and of course Robin's more than played their part along with Song Thrushes!


                                 Common Buzzards practising synchro flying!

On my return to the smaller pool several Gulls had arrived on the water and after a few minutes many more were to join them.

 A Juvenile Iceland Gull had been reported in this area during late January, I wonder if there was a 'white winged' gull amongst them?

A lovely end to my walk sighting a Mistle Thrush in one of the fields alongside numerous gulls.


  1. Yesterday was glorious. Today rather less so

  2. A sharp frost this morning and now heavy rain! Topsy turvy wweather!!