The river walk

Here are a few familiar faces from my social distancing walk.

This Mute Swan is one of the aggressive pair which have eggs to incubate. I’m looking forward to following their journey.

Mute Swan - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

There’s a sleek Magpie, one of a pair which have built a couple of nests, the first in a tree too close to the pedestrian bridge over the dual carriageway and the second in a thin tree which waves disconcertingly in the breeze. They appear to be using that one. Do birds suffer from seasickness?

Magpie - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

The Magpie is next to a tall metal security fence on the industrial estate. They could have left a path on the river bank but, no, they had to build industrial buildings right up to the river. It’s a detour around builders’ yards for everyone. Through the fence I can see a single Cowslip. It’s a plant generations have loved and recognised and yet few people would be able to name it now. There’s just the one waving stiffly in the middle of a beautiful lawn of wild flowers.

Cowslip - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There’s a noisy Robin proclaiming in best town-crier fashion from the top of this Hawthorn. I like the industrial backdrop.

Robin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Less endearing are the shopping trolleys and occasional bike.

Shopping Trolley - River Teign - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

And here’s an incredible flying feat and a helicopter.

Helicopter - River Teign - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

It’s time to get back. I’m starving. As I make the detour around the industrial estate I look through the security fence to see the Cowslip. It’s been mowed.

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