Friday, 17 August 2012

River Walk & Blackberry Picking

Because my dad and brother had gone shopping me and my mum went for a walk down to the River Weaver near our house.

There were some rather smiley sheep which kept bleeting at us. The middle one had the biggest smile.

I decided I wanted to do a bit of Blackberry picking untill.....(find out what happens further down).

The tunnels are always scary when your walking through them, especially when a train is charging along the railway on top of you.

The young swans came for a feed but we didn't have any food for them.

I knew sooner or later the adults would soon arive.

I said to my mum at the start of the walk I would love to see a Cormarant and I did.

On the way back a young Kestrel stopped and sat on top of the salt mine which was nice to see. The picture isn't very clear as he was right over on the other side of the river.

Here's a view of the salt mine which supplys the whole of the UK with salt for the roads in winter. Some of the mines run under our house and sometimes you can feel them blasting during winter.

Now this is the funny part of the walk, me and my  mum were staring at the Cormarants when we saw about 20 cows come charging after us and my mum was petrified when they started to chase us. Whilst my mum was running she crushed all the blackberries in the tub so we had to give them to the Blackbirds.

Bottoms up.

This is going to be my Wild Bird Wednesday post as we saw so many nature surprises round every corner.


  1. Wonderful to see Findlay... and it's good to hear Mum can run fast.. The Kestrel shot is a beauty.

  2. Sounds like you had a great walk. Do you know how far the mines go under the village? I have a picture of the swans with the eggs from earlier in the year.

  3. Beautiful! Love the swan shot and the walk through the tunnel.

  4. Love this post, with the smiley sheep and the cow stampede. My apologies to your mum, but it was very funny. Of course, as Will Rogers once said, "Everything is funny as long as it is happening to Somebody else". Not sure I would have liked to be in her shoes. Nice photos, and a beautiful place for a walk.

  5. Great post Findlay.
    Love those 'smiling' sheep.

  6. oh, i'm laughing, but i know that was not funny at the time! :) cows get so curious, but they just don't realize how BIG they are!

  7. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  8. Findlay, what a great outing with your Mom. I love the swans and great sighting of the cormorant. I would blackberry cobbler would taste yummy. I would be scared if those cows were chasing me, LOL! Happy Birding and have a great day.

  9. I guess the blackbirds enjoyed all those berries!
    What a delightful post this is, Findlay! I really like the smiley sheep.

  10. Very nice photo series showing.
    Wish you a good day :)
    Hanne Bente

  11. I just love the sheep. We have no sheep here in my neck of the woods...but plenty of Cormorants...which is a most beautiful bird.

  12. Great post Findlay! Nice shots of the birds and the sheep. Those cows can be pretty scary when they're running at you. You have to wave your arms and yell at them ;-)