The beautiful mandarin duck – picture post

The beautiful mandarin duck There is no doubt about it, the male mandarin duck has some of the most colourful and distinctive looks of any bird you might see on the canals, rivers, lakes and ponds. It’s beautiful, unmistakable and made the title of this blog post almost write itself – The beautiful mandarin duck […]

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More early spring wandering along the River Tame

More early spring wandering along the River Tame A post of few words.  This blog post is another ‘picture post’ and includes a couple of sets of photographs from recent walks along the Tame Valley. Perhaps of interest in this post are the pictures of parakeets – an increasingly common sight in the UK. There […]

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The Mandarin, The Robin and The silhouette in the tree.

An unusual title for a blog post I suppose the title of this blog post is a little unusual. The post follows a recent trip to a local haunt of ours –  Etherow County Park,  a nature reserve close to home and a place I most recently wrote about in November. You can read that […]

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Etherow country park – nature reserve

Etherow Country Park We recently visited one of our terrific local nature reserves – Etherow County Park, just a half dozen or so miles from home. It’s one of those places that we have been to many times over the years, going as far back as when our own children were small and our walk […]

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