We have a small boat based about 10 miles (16 Km) from our home. This year, on our first outing on the boat in April, my wife badly damaged her knee. The result was that we had not been out on the boat since. Yesterday, however, my wife decided that her knee had mended enough to give the boat a try again. In the event, she found that she still had severe limitations, but was able to enjoy our excursion on the River Trent, which lasted just an hour and a half. We were hoping to see Kingfisher, as we often get very good views from the boat, but that was not to be. As we left our berth a young Heron was sitting on a boat in the marina.
Near to where the River Derwent runs into the Trent, we found a couple of Cygnets which reluctantly got out of our way.
Mute Swan (juvenile)
As we travelled up the start of the Trent & Mersey Canal (a favourite area for Kingfisher) I spotted a woodpecker. I got quite excited as it seemed to be very small. It flew away long before we got near, but examination of my pictures shows that it was just a GS Woody.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile)
As soon as we get a day with a promise of relatively fine weather, we will try my wife's ability to cope with a longer run on the boat, and maybe get in an overnighter before the nights get too cold. Perhaps then we will get some closer views of Kingfisher - and who knows what else!