I don’t think I will ever get bored of walking along any of my regular routes. Todays six mile stroll first along the Peak Forest canal and then down through a part of the Tame Valley was no different.
Plenty to see
Although a walk along the Peak Forest canal and in the Tame Valley will almost always provide plenty to see, it’s fair to say that inevitably some days are better than others.
It’s almost guaranteed on most days of the year to see robins, which is hardly surprising given there are the best part of 7 million pairs in Britain and there are plenty of pictures and words about them on this blog, but I suppose the robin is one of those birds that most of us like to see in cold winter settings – it almost always makes for a decent picture.
Todays walk was really enjoyable with robins, jays, mandarin ducks, mergansers, great tits, blue tits, long tailed tits and even a couple of grey wagtails making an appearance.
And whist not exactly elusive I don’t normally see the grey wagtail (population approx 38,000 pairs) or the mandarin ducks on the river. There are a decent number of mandarin ducks at one of our local country parks and I wrote and posted pictures about these incredibly colourful ducks a short while ago – which you can check out at this link.
I love seeing the jays, and with a population of less than 200,000 it can very often be a case of being heard and not seen, so it was a bonus to see a couple this morning – and in plain view.
The biggest ‘bird’ saved itself for the last of the pictures I took during my walk – a scroll through the photo gallery below will lead you to it…
Clicking on any of the pictures below will open a scrollable gallery