Spotted A Kingfisher! Wow Our Canal Is Alive With Nature…..

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.

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This Is the stretch of Canal where I spotted the KIngfisher in the Direction of the Olinthus Bridge.

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.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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