Saturday 15th May 2021
Another grey morning, after a very wet night, greeted us when we awoke. As Brenda drank her morning cuppa she watched a Woodpecker doing a very thorough recce on an adjacent tree.
Last night we watched a family of 7 ducklings. They mooched about feeding and diving and the mother duck called them to settle once she’d found a nice sheltered resting place. They were very well camouflaged. Then two white ducks swam past but turned and made a beeline for them. Mother duck came out to meet their aggression but to no avail and so she roused the ducklings and made them leave the sheltered spot. They all hurried off pursued by the white ducks. We thought they might return to use the resting spot but no, they just swam right past and back towards Hopwas bridge. We found a snack for the mother duck and her babies but their cosy spot remained empty for the rest of the night.
The rain persisted, on and off all morning and it remained cold so not pleasant cruising weather. We moved on to Huddlesford where we pulled over to moor but then the rain stopped so we set off again and went to Streethay Wharf to buy a couple of gas cylinders.
Then onto Fradley where we moored at the end of the steel piling at ///haystack.custom.charge before going for a walk around the Fradley Pool nature reserve. The last time we visited here it was just being sorted whereas it is finished now. A lovely place for a peaceful stroll watching various water birds. Children were jam-jar dipping and tramping through the muddy undergrowth – lovely?