30 Days Wild – Day Thirty

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Tuesday 30th June:

So it’s the last day of the 30 Days Wild campaign! I was thinking I should plan something really outdoorsy and special to celebrate being wild but then I realised that I hadn’t written about a favourite place that Marcus & I go to reconnect with nature and eachother – Nottingham Canal.

Often when I’m having a sad day, if we’ve had a little tiff or just want some fresh air, one of us will suggest a walk outdoors and invariably we end up down at the canal. This evening we took a slow walk down that way, stopping off at the pet shop to buy some bird food for the wildfowl.

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Marcus watching the coots on Nottingham Canal.

The river is home to coots, moorhens, mallards, canada geese and mute swans. There are still a few hatchlings about but most of this years broods are juveniles now. I rescued an adult moorhen from this stretch of the canal last year – it had somehow become waterlogged and was partially submerged bobbing along just under the surface of the water and lifting it’s head every few seconds to take a breath. The unfortunate creature passed by a coots nest and was subsequently attacked by the adult birds too so I shouted to a narrowboatman to net it out of the water. He thought it was dead but I went round to collect it and assured him it wasn’t. The vets didn’t want to know so I took it home, dried it out with a hairdryer and gave it a few hours to recover. It fluffed and perked right up and flew away that evening 🙂

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Feeding a juvenile coot from my hand with a small piece of bread (OK in moderation as part of a balanced diet) while the adult watches.

We spotted a grey heron on the opposite bank and spent a good twenty minutes watching it hunt. In that time it made three attempts and came up with a fish on two of those – “two out of three ain’t bad” (to quote Meatloaf) but Marcus and I were amazed by the patience and concetration in this bird!

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A grey heron hunting on Nottingham Canal.

We arrived at the Castle Marina and took in the sunset for a few moments before turning to the road and heading back home.

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I love the marina – so many different colours and shapes of boats, not forgetting the entertaining names.

A lovely end to this wild month but tomorrow is the beginning of another…

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