#365daysofbiking Ducks deluxe: April 19th – Another first for the year on a short afternoon ride out to test the bike and legs. I’d had a go… Read more
August 13th – On the way back, it was still sunny and having got through my appointment quickly, I had time to dawdle on my way back.… Read more “#365daysofbiking De-stressing”
#365daysofbiking Garden tiger
August 4th – I had a call to make over in Bridgtown and I was pushed for time so I blasted down the A5 and over the… Read more “#365daysofbiking Garden tiger”
#365daysofbiking Clutching for a second
July 24th – Lots of waterfowl are on second clutches of the season now; a tiny minority possibly on their third. At Bentley Bridge on the Walsall… Read more “#365daysofbiking Clutching for a second”
#365daysofbiking Come and have a go
June 9th – To the Canada geese with young, I remain their biggest enemy. This momma was separated with 2 chicks from her parter and was anxious… Read more “#365daysofbiking Come and have a go”
#365daysofbiking Nursery tales
June 8th – The weather cleared, so I left the fair and headed up to Honey Hill, No Mans Heath, Netherseal, Coton in the Elms, Walton and… Read more “#365daysofbiking Nursery tales”
#365daysofbiking Just like mum
May 29th – Encountered just by Clayhanger Bridge, the Watermead swan family are growing fast, and the youngsters are growing in confidence and pottered over to see… Read more “#365daysofbiking Just like mum”
May 4th – Another marker of the advancing spring is they waterfowl chicks on local canals. On a gorgeous evening near Middleton Bridge, Brownhills, my first cygnets… Read more “#365daysofbiking Passengers”
#365daysofbiking Going it alone:
September 27th – On the canal near Walsall town centre, I was accosted, as one often is, but loud, bullying, aggressive beggars, of the kind that inhabit most urban canals.
In this case, it was a pair of cygnets. On their own without mum and dad, they were enjoying the sun and harassing any passing human for food. When I declined for the seemingly perfectly valid reason that I had none to offer, they swam off, complaining noisily.
Nice to see them in rude health and taking after their parents.
July 14th – S sadly hastily snapped picture, but something I do love to see: a young grey heron, on the canal in Brownhills near Anchor Bridge, contentedly fishing, just caught with a fish in it’s bill.
The bird was about half adults size, and I was lucky to see it. So many about at the moment, but hard to get them actually actively hunting.
A great start to a long ride.