Young heron fishing, Compton lock

Young heron fishing, Compton lock

Young heron standing by the canal below Compton lock, looking for fish. Someone cam along with a dog, and as they passed, the heron flew across to stand on the bank with the path.

Ground ivy by canal, opposite Wildside

Ground ivy by canal, opposite Wildside

Ground ivy in flower. These were growing on the bank leading up to Hawthorn Wood, almost directly opposite the Wildside Centre.

Ground ivy by canal, opposite Wildside

Garlic mustard, Bantock Park

Garlic mustard, Bantock Park

Jack by the hedge, also known as garlic mustard, is having a good year this year. These were in Bantock Park.

Garlic mustard, Bantock Park

Blushing brackets, Old Nursery Wood

Bluxhing brackets, Old Nursery Wood

Blushing brackets, lots of them, growing on all the trees round a clearing in Old Nursery Wood, just behind the pond.

Tapered drone fly, Perton

Tapered drone fly, Perton

A tapered drone fly, a hoverfly, sunning itself on vegetation in the shopping centre at Perton.

Greater stitchwort by Castlecroft bridge

Greater stitchwort by Castlecroft bridge

Cluster of greater stitchwort flowers growing near the canal near Castlecroft bridge. At the moment they are in the hedgerow all aong the canal.

Greater stitchwort by Castlecroft bridge

Mallard family with ducklings and drake, Castlecroft

Mallard family with ducklings and drake, Castlecroft

Yet another mallard family with recently hatched ducklings, these on the canal in the countryside near Castlecroft. The drake has stuck around, and is helping to watch over the young ones.

Apple flowers in a hedge

Apple flowers in a  hedge

An apple bush forming part of the hedge along the canal, covered in flowers and flower buds recently.

On the nest with young: coot, West Park

On the nest with young: coot, West Park

Coot on the nest in the lee of the island, West Park lake. The red of the beaks of some chicks can just be seen almost hidden. Possibly three chicks, perhaps very recently hatched.

Ground cover: wild garlic, Aldersley

Ground cover: wild garlic, Aldersley

Wild garlic, aka ramsom, grows in shady spots, and tends to spread to form a carpet of ground cover. This patch thrives by the canal not far from Aldersley Junction.

Ground cover: wild garlic, Aldersley

Courtship dance: Canada geese, West Park

Courtship dance: Canada geese, West Park

Pair of Canada geese on the lake at West Park, synchronising their movements as they swam together, repeatedly dipping their heads just below the water in time with one another. The start of a courtship dance.

Cuckooflower, milkmaids, lady’s smock

Cuckooflower, milkmaids, lady's smock

Lady’s smock, with a long string of other country names, wild flower at the height of its flowering season now and for the next few weeks.

Cuckooflower, milkmaids, lady's smock