Dancing Dippers, Mystery Mammals and Bounding Boulders

A very interesting walk by the river today.

There were 3 dippers flying around the river today. It appeared to be a pair and a.n.other (possibly this years brood). They didn’t seem too keen to have it around. They were singing and displaying in a way I have never seen before!

Further along the river on a fallen down tree the was a squirming dark brown shape! Something was eating what appeared to be a fish. First thoughts were Otter but now I’m not so sure, could have been an American Mink. The photos are a bit inconclusive. See what you think.

Otter or Mink

Otter or Mink

 

The birds were plentiful, lots of wrens singing, blue tits, great tits, mallard, and moorhens. Plus an unidentified large flying brown thing, initially thoughts said duck, but that doesn’t seem to sit right (or fit the bill, ho ho). So I guess I’ll never know. It flew past and I couldn’t find it again.

The birds do seem to be acting a little strangely and I guess it is due to the work being done on the river. They have JCBs and cranes in it rebuilding the boulders that act as flood defense. It is an awful lot of upheaval, this must have an effect. They have built a ramp down from the field into the river and are now working on the corner of the river (must have driven JCB about 400 yards down the river) where Osric (the dog) goes in to paddle. They are ripping the boulders out and then putting them back up. An awful lot of greenery is coming away when they do it.