Fine, sunny, mild.
The res is now at it’s lowest level for forty years while the repair to the walls is underway. Wildfowl doesn’t seem too bothered about all the commotion. A single red-crested pochard is still there, along with around eighty wigeon and fifty coot. Gt crested grebes and little grebes were catching tiddlers easily in the shallow water.
I disturbed a couple of kingfishers from the feeder stream, which flew away noisily. A chiffchaff was in the hedgerow, along with a treecreeper, several bullfinches, a jay and redwings. Still no sign of any fieldfares though.
It seems the locals are up in arms about a proposal for a major quarry/landfill scheme near Denton. The project would involve a gigantic quarry being mined for limestone/ironstone, with the resultant impact of hundreds of lorries coming and going. The site is off gorse lane and borders the Viking way, an SSSI. (There was a great grey shrike there last winter).
There are other quarries in the area, but this site would be different. No happy ending here (like the site being turned into a nature reserve afterwards), Oh no, after the materials have been extracted, the void is to be back-filled with ‘inert’ building waste. TIME SCALE, 30 YEARS!