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A single Dabchick dives amongst the ducks, spending more time under the surface than they do. It too is pestered by a passing gull, and dives in an instant.
A partly constructed nest, probably that of a Coot, sits in the water below an overhanging ash. In the middle a foil wrapper lies amongst the twigs. Is this the bird's way of stopping rising damp? Or of trapping solar radiation to help in the incubation of the eggs? Or is it there to confuse predators?
It could just have been the nearest piece of debris that was available at the time.
Weather from the WestIt's stays fine during the afternoon, but the forecast is for change; there could be snow on the way. At five o'clock grey clouds are piled up over the Pennines in the west. High cirrus clouds above us herald the approach of the weather front.
On my way to the post office a half moon is clear and sharp against a muted blue sky. When I return fifteen minutes later it has become blurred, as if seen through frosted glass. We have heavy rain during the evening.