Dabchicks

Dabchick

Little grebes have returned to the Staffs and Worcs canal like they do every winter.

Dabchicks

Even in the hard period when most of the canal froze over, they managed to find enough open water to carry on fishing.

Dabchick

Dabchicks

Strange sheep

This mechanical sculpture by Andy Plant should be a better known sight in Wolverhampton city centre.

Every hour, just after the top of the hour, it performs the routine videoed here on the Art Gallery balcony overlooking Lichfield Street.

Compton lock

Compton lock

The first water to freeze on this stretch of the Staffs and Worcs canal was inside the historic lock at Compton. Minutes after this first picture was taken, a narrowboat  came through and the thin ice was broken.

Compton lock

Pictures two and three were taken several days later, after the heavier snow fall. There was no sign then of ice forming over those stretches of the canal I saw.

Compton lock

Rose hips

Rose hips

These hips were still festooning a bush at the edge of the barley field in Smestow Valley Park at the end of November.

Rose bush