Friday, 12 April 2013

Spring Cruise 2013 (16)

Sprotborough to Eastwood

Weather: Overnight showers were followed by an overcast start to the day. The cloud never cleared and the temperature fell towards mid afternoon. After mooring for the night the rain came down.

The Humber Princess passed us by just after 8:30 on her way to Rotherham with a load of oil. We took on board diesel at Mexborough before stopping for lunch at Pastures. no problems until we get to Kilnhurst flood lock which takes nearly half an hour to open. By the time we reached Eastwood the Humber Princess was returning back to Goole.

Wildlife: Sprotborough is a very rural area with old woodland and at the start of the River Don gorge. So it is a good place to get up early to listen to the dawn chorus. The dawn chorus occurs when songbirds sing at the start of a new day. In temperate countries, this is most noticeable in spring, when the birds are either defending a breeding territory or trying to attract a mate. It is common for different species to do their dawn singing at different times. We spotted Swallows, Kingfisher, Great Crested grebe, Little grebe, Yellow wagtail, House martin and Oystercatcher during our cruise.

Day Totals
Miles: 10.3
Locks: 6
Swing/Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump outs: 0
Engine Hours:4.7

Running Totals
Miles: 1434.1
Locks: 939
Swing / Lift Bridges: 189
Tunnels. 24
Pump Outs: 14
Engine Hours: 2560.0

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