I covered a lot of miles this week at work so had exceded my allotted driving time which meant no work today and an extra day off, five instead of four I do love continental shifts. However the last thing I wanted to do was jump in the car and head out to somewhere. I think a combination of miles covered, O.A.P's driving 40 mph down 60 mph single carriageways (grrrr!) or cyclist cutting up the left hand side down your blind spot as you attempt a left hand turn...frigin' idiot had just meant I had enough driving. The said cyclist gesticulated at me, silly boy, a trucker delight was chucked in his direction (an open UHT milk pot, those small ones you find at services left on the dashboard...very smelly) and a report to my boss via the "How's my driving" number, sadly for the said cyclist we have dash mounted,rear mounted and side mounted cameras fitted it also has a system that shows what lights were switched on the lorry including indicators (insurance demands this due to "crash for cash targetting lorries...guranteed to have insurance) so his complaint was dealt with by the boss in his polite "learn how to cycle you numpty", nice!! I do feel sorry for cyclists it ain't nice out there on Britains road but some cyclists do themselves no favour, if you're ever on a bike and a lorry is indicating left and is sat about two foot from the curb, it's not to allow you to cycle safely past BUT MY TURNING CIRCLE!
So I wanted to clear my head and de-stress ready for the weekend and what better way then a walk, a big walk a 15 mile round trip from my house to Pitsford reservoir (the yacht club end and not the nature reserve) via Moulton village hitting the public footpaths, no people and nice warm weather....just what the doctor ordered.
The first bit from Moulton Magpies Football Club to Spectacle Lane was somewhat uneventful apart from loads of Starlings, a Buzzard and some Swallows and Linnets. As I walked down Spectacle Lane I found/heard a lot of calling from inside an oak tree, Great Spotted Woodpeckers babies problem was there was six possible nesting holes, so using all the birding knowledge I could muster I plumped for the most likely....wrong hole,doh.
I got two shots off through some branches as one woodie came into feed the calling young.
As I walked towards the farm there is this lovely massive set-aside, it's HUGE and covered in lovely wildflowers which had attracted the butterflies, I counted six species, can't name them apart from the Orange Tips, Cabbage White and that's it lol, I wish I had brought a smaller lens as well as the 500mm as apart from a shy Common Whitethroat, a Buzzard in the sun, a very high up Skylark and some Swifts there wasn't many birds until I got to the footpath that runs behind the farm. Here there was more Swallows, a male Kestrel, Mistle Thrush, Linnet, Yellowhammers and House Sparrows. In fact there was a lot of Yellowhammers and Linnets on this section of walk which was a nice surprise.
So I managed some images of the Mistle Thrush in a puddle.....
The rest of the walk to Pitsford bird wise was uneventful except yet another Buzzard, Crows, Rooks and fly-over Gulls. At Pitsford the most notable bird was a female Kestrel hunting near the car-park and a Kingfisher which being knackered I completely missed.
On the way back I went along the footpath that was "closed" last time I went past the reason.....
Not much in terms of images but a great walk that totally "de-stressed" one self.