You might see weeds, but I see wild flowers

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Our regular walk at autumn time



It really is a great time of the year, with all the trees wearing their autumn colours.


First though, an update on the building work at the start of our walk.


What was once a field of wild flowers, shrubs and a few trees, has been earmarked for a primary school. It's been interesting watching the progress of the work as we've passed by on our walks.
It had all seemed like organised chaos for a while, with diggers scooping up mounds of earth, dumping it in places, then moving it again, scraping out and levelling off areas;






but it now seems to be taking shape.



At the moment, the car park is very visible, levelled off, and awaiting the hard surface to be laid. I'm told by one of the workmen that an area is set aside for a school field, and today, very visible, was the foundation work for the actual school building.





A shame a 'wild' area has been lost forever, but hopefully some plant life, bushes and trees will be put back when it's all finished.



As we make our way past all this building work, we eventually reach some open areas where Whisky can lose his lead, and have some freedom to run, free from any traffic.
And just now, the trees are looking spectacular, especially in the sunlight.





Part of Walton




Walton has a lake with a couple of screens erected by the Parks Trust, so that any waterfowl can be observed without disturbing it.


Sadly, they've not bothered to keep up the maintenance at the moment, so not much can be seen.

Screen 1




The screen







The view




Screen 2




The screen






The view




I guess mowing grass and chopping down shrubs is an easier option.





Not sure why this destruction is necessary this time of the year. 


I'm afraid any faith I had in the Parks Trust is fast disappearing.



If we take the long walk, like today, we pass through Walton alongside the river Ouzell, The Open University, and on towards Simpson.






The autumn colours are looking great.


At one field, used for grazing cows or sheep, (but not today), a gaggle of Greylag Geese drop in, to graze.









Onward, towards the top end of the north lake of Caldecotte.




Well, at least the Parks Trust make an effort with the signage. 




Alongside the river Ouzell we find a Grey Heron.





A brief walk past the wall of the dam, that has a few Black-headed Gulls sunning themselves, and then it's back towards home.


An old disused side road has some interesting plants and shrubs through the year, and today it is the turn of the trees to shine.





From here it's not too far to home. A short detour will take us towards the Open University main entrance, and a stunning tree lined road.





I wonder just how many visitors actually see and appreciate the beauty here.



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Thursday, 13 October 2016

In Wales



The last couple of weeks we have been in north Wales.


Not many visits out anywhere this time; the purpose of the visit was to try and get on top of some of the gardening work that needed doing.


Weeding and grass cutting.




Some of the days started promising.







It also gave Whisky a chance to see his brother Thistle again.








The Pied Wagtails seem to have done well so far. I counted at least a dozen one morning in the horses field.




 Pied Wagtail




The sheep continue to assert their authority on some members, with lots of head-butting.




Sheep




I did manage to get out on one day. A trip to the Great Orme, and then on to the RSPB reserve at Conwy.

The Great Orme had been host to a Booted Warbler for a few days, and also a Black Redstart.
I didn't see either when I visited. The Booted Warbler had left a couple of days earlier, and the Black Redstart was elusive; or missing.



On to Conwy, and to see the 6 Great White Egrets that have been there some time.

When I arrived, the tide was out, which meant most of the wading birds were far out on the estuary.

There has been over 130 Little Egrets counted there, and amongst them I did manage to see the 6 GWE.




 Not the best of pictures, but it does show 3 of the GWE.




A bit closer for pictures were some Oystercatchers.








It's been some hard work this visit, but worth it. Whisky has had a great time.





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