Hardly a quiet moment

Today’s guest picture shows some colourful ducks and ducklings (or perhaps geese, I can’t tell) which my sister Mary met in Regents Park.

Regents park ducksIt was a day of meteorological contrasts with spells of sunshine mixed with fierce showers with the whole day overlaid with a very brisk and chilly wind.

I managed to find a reasonably dry spell to go up to fill the Moorland feeders.  I was standing in for Sandy who had work commitments.  Even in the chilly wind, the hide was quite warm and I sat there for longer than I intended.  There were plenty of birds to watch although there were no surprises.  I took a few pictures.

chaffinches and greenfinches
Chaffinches and greenfinches share the seed at the high table.
blue tit and great tit
While a blue tit and a great tit hang about together.

I tried to catch birds in more natural poses but they weren’t very helpful.  A blue tit did her best.

blue tit

When I got home, I found that there was more action there than at the Moorland feeders.  The siskins had arrived in numbers.


A lone chaffinch soon got the order of the boot.

I didn’t have long to look at them though as Mrs Tootlepedal and I went off to visit a garden centre to stock up on bonemeal for the forthcoming season.  We stopped on the way to try to get my pair of computer spectacles fixed by the optician in Longtown.  They were suffering from having had some fool sit on them and it turned out that I had snapped a tiny screw in half in its socket and they weren’t readily repairable.  Thin wire will have to do until a new pair is needed.

The road to Carlisle at Sandysike was surrounded by flooded fields after a heavy night’s rain and as we came up to the bridge over the River Lyne, the flooding had reduced the road to a single lane. We safely negotiated this hazard and had a light lunch at the garden centre before driving home through yet another very heavy shower.

By the time we had got out of the car, the sun had come out again so I got out the slow bike and cycled back down the road to Skippers Bridge to have a look at the river there in the sunshine.

When I got there, the track up to the old railway looked so inviting that I was nearly tempted to go for a walk….

Walk seven…but good sense and some looming clouds curbed my enthusiasm.  I turned back to the river.

Skippers BridgeWith the next shower coming up fast, the light looked interesting.

Langholm DistilleryI went up to the Town Bridge….

meeting of the waters…and got home just in time to avoid getting thoroughly drenched.

When the shower had passed over, it was time to go to visit Mike and Alison for a delicious slice of cake (or two) and some tasty ginger biscuits on the occasion of Mike’s 70th birthday.   He was very cheerful for a man of his age.

We walked home feeling very well refreshed and I sat down to put another week of the newspaper index into the Archive database and this got me completely up to date with the data miners at long last.

In the evening, I went up to the Archive Centre with Sandy but once again a defective wi-fi hotspot prevented us from getting any work done so we gave up and retired to the Eskdale for a pick me up before going home.

The skies cleared and the temperatures dropped as the evening wore on and we are promised frost tomorrow.  Spring will have to wait a bit.

The flying bird of the day is one of the many siskins.


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

29 thoughts on “Hardly a quiet moment

    1. We have only had one threatening flood since I was here and that was in 1977 and even then it only just spilled over its banks. It would take a tremendous amount of rain to threaten buildings and lives.

  1. Happy belated birthday to Dr Tinker! Glad you managed to enjoy the sunshine and not get drenched, what a triumph. Sorry about the specs though, that’s annoying.

  2. Lovely picture of Skippers Bridge.
    Those little bundles of fluff at the top of the blog are goslings.

  3. Yes, I can confirm that Venetia’s identification is spot on. This attractive goose species apparently first escaped from captivity in the UK in the late eighteenth century and has spread out from Norfolk. It is unlikely to go north to Scotland!

  4. The siskins are lovely birds. I really like how your action shot at the feeders shows off their vibrant body stripes. I would have been tempted to go up the old railway track too. It does look very appealing in your photograph. The university semester starts next week and I will have less time to read and comment on my favourite blogs but I hope to still catch up on weekends though. It’s been delightful to have so much extra time to read blogs such as yours over the summer break when I have less work to do. I’m learning so much about the wildlife and the customs in other countries.

    1. I expect that your work will be quite interesting enough for you without trying to find time to read my ramblings but thank you for your kind words.

      1. On the contrary, my work is quite dull compared to the writings of the bloggers such as yourself whom I follow. I will miss having as much time to read them. 🙂

  5. I wonder where all those birds were when they weren’t at your feeder? Glad they’re back though. Well done for catching up with the data miners too.

  6. The birds in regent’s Park are Egyptian Geese. They are native to Africa but were introduced to the South of England in the 19th century. I got quite excited when I saw them while walking with my friends from London. Most people just walked right past them – I had practically to get dragged away from them!

    Your local cycling area looks great.

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