Yep! thought mention of a Crane would raise the pulse but alas this Crane is part of the machinery being used to put a new automatic weir etc at Rushey Lock. Rumour has it at a cost of three million quid, can't help thinking that would have paid a lot of Lock Keeper wages and also left a "person" to keep an eye on things.
Walked from Bampton to Rushey Lock and wandered a bit I guess about five /six miles wore my wax proof in case it rained it didn't and the sun made me feel like a sunday lunch (roasted) lots of insects they usually leave me alone but no they had a feast, must have fancied a roast for a change.
12 Skylarks,6 Linnets, 18 Yellowhammers, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch and circa 20 Tree Sparrow. Only heard 1 Buzzard and no sign of Red Kite we must get on to DEFRA and see if they'll start a re-introduction programme. A good variety of flowers and a very nice Marbled White Butterfly.