Greenish yellow catkins have opened on sallow bushes on the embankment by the railway marshalling yards.
Walking on by the river, opposite what used to be a mungo and shoddy mill, I disturb a goosander, a male in striking black and white plumage, which flies off down the river, under a railway bridge. The river still contains a lot of drifting rubbish but the presence of goosanders is a reminder that the water is now clean enough to support fish.
A kestrel perches on a power line in a characteristic hunched up posture. It looks as if it's either fed up or wearing a thick anorak. Or both. A magpie sits on the same wire not far way.
A single drake mallard stands on a patch of flattened reeds by the canal. There are two similar patches further downstream, each with its resident mallard drake. Perhaps they have females on eggs nearby.