White-capSunday 19th March 2000
An odd record alongside the Greenfinches and Goldfinches in the park; we see a single Redwing. You'd normally see redwings in a flock.
Horse Chestnut buds are opening.
'The water quality is very good,' explains the angler, as he gently unhooks an 8 or 9 inch Roach, 'it just looks bad.'
The roach certainly looks healthy, it has bright clear eyes, sparkling scales, orange fins and not a sign of damage or disease.
On a motorway journey from the southbound M1 to the westbound M62 we dip into a deep cutting through sandstone that goes, via a tunnel under the original junction. There were once big sandstone quarries nearby, between Thorpe and Robin Hood. The Thornhill Rock was quarried here for building stone.
A Comma butterfly rests, sun-bathing on a tee-shirt hanging on the washing line. It's in good condition, although the scalloped edges of the wings of this species help improve its resemblance to a dead leaf when it closes its wings.