Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday 24 April

Lovely morning, we had a stroll to the weir.

 Wood Forget-me-not it was below the weir viewing platform, we also found it on the rucks.

This Crow was also on the rucks keeping its eye on us.

Arnold & Meg

 We disturbed this Jay, which has been in this area for a few days.

Cowslip Flowers


Goat Willow going to seed.

Willow again

Did I really take all these photos of the Cowslip.

All is revealed as the Jay looks at us, nest building.

Take Care.


  1. OK, what is the "rucks?"

    That jay is drop-dead awesome. Birds with blue are always at the top of my list. But is it related to our jay? No crest, but the Canada jay, an occasional visitor just north of me, doesn't have one either.

  2. Rucks are waste areas of coal mining, this area was a big mining area years ago, the waste which still contained quite a bit of coal was dumped in these areas, they are also called slag heaps, it was common to see people picking coal out of the slag heaps years ago, now the rucks have become part of the park but if you look closely you can still find coal.
    The Jay (Garrulus glandarius) is a beautiful bird, there are a lot in the area but they are quite difficult to see, they are a member of the crow family.


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