Thursday, 21 May 2015

Spring Summer Cruse 2015 ❶❻

Penkridge  to Autherley junction
Date 21 May 2015

Overnight the weather was clear with a light breeze.

Morning: A late start after a leisurely breakfast. This is something fast approaching the norm for us! Just a few locks to negotiate before we arrive at the junction of the Shropshire Canal at Autherley.

Afternoon: Pottering along enjoying a mixture of sunshine and the occasional showers. A few boats travelling in the other direction. However, in a way when compared to previous trips. its eerily quiet on the canals. Bit of an altercation with a pair of hooligan cyclists.

Evening: More of the same, relaxation and watching TV. Yet another end of day norm for us.


Birds: House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Dunnock, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Starling, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail,  Long Tailed Tit,  Coot, Moorhen, Cormorant, Grey Lag Goose, Canadian Goose, Kingfisher, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon,  Collared Dove, Kestrel, Lapwing, Skylark,  Green Shank, Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Thrush, Cuckoo, Herring Gull, Greater Black Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Sedge Warbler, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swift, Pheasant, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Whooper Swan, Oyster Catcher, Jay, Green Woodpecker and Egyptian Goose the highlight being a .

Butterflies: Meadow Brown, Skipper, Comma, Red Admiral and Orange Tip 
Bats: Pipistrelle,  Daubentons,
Dragonflies: Banded Damselfly, Common Damselfly.
Today's Total.
Miles: 10.4
Locks: 6
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 5.3
Solar Panels: 18 Ah
Accumulated Total.
Miles: 2185.6
Locks: 1339
Swing / Lift Bridges: 299
Tunnels: 37
Pump Outs: 22
Engine Hours: 3155.9

Solar Panels: 20665 Ah

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