Well I had a walk down our Wednesfield part of the WE canal today, ( This afternoon, betweem 2.50pm and 3.50) had a nice chat with two residents walking their Rottweiler, passed pleasantries with a lady walking her terrier.
Spoke with the two man CRT team who were mowing the grass at Perry Hall Bridge ( Broad Lane North) and trimming the trees and hedgerow alongside the bridge. As a cheerful runner swept by me. Then I stood back to let two younger kids, of school age slink past swigging cider out of a can! Two other school children from Coppice in school uniform with big smiles passed as well. Plus a narrowboat pushing a barge!
From the Olinthus Bridge back to Perry Hall Bridge I counted 25 Moorhens, 17 Coots, 12 Mallards, 4 yearling Swans, and the very best of the lot a Kingfisher! I spotted the Kingfisher first by the Olinthus bridge. I tried to capture him om my phone camera but he was miles too quick. But that Blue iridescent flash was awe inspiring! As I made my way back to Broad Lane North he flashed by me again four times.
I had to speak with some one else and point out the little gem, and so the Lady & Gentleman with the Rottweiler took the full message! But seeing that Kingfisher points to how healthy our bit of canal really is. That is why I am striving so hard to ensure we get Local Nature Reserve status so more delightful natural encounters take place.