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Wildlife Walks Report

Wednesday Wildlife Walks – Report on Walk 2

Thirty three species of birds were seen during the morning – much higher than on any previous walk, and a good advertisement for the restoration of the canal.

CCT & RSPB Member

Cotswold Canals Trust member Martin Wright is also a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Martin’s Wednesday Wildlife Walks alongside the Stroudwater and Thames & Severn Canals in March, April and May will take groups of up to ten people to view waterside nesting spots and a range of bird-life including dippers, kingfishers and coots.

Martin reports on the second walk of this season…
"Seven of us met at the café at Bonds Mill, and enjoyed a leisurely walk along the towpath to Ryeford Double Locks and back.

"The weather was comparatively mild, and we found several signs of spring along the way.

"The first of these was a singing Chiffchaff, a newly arrived spring migrant. We also saw Coot, Robin, Mute Swan and Long-tailed Tit, either nesting, or building nests.

"The highlights were good views of Dipper, Goldcrest, Redpoll, Sparrow Hawks and Kestrel."

Wednesday’s group are pictured at Ocean Bridge Stonehouse.

Group member Jackie Harrison comments…

“Martin is very knowledgeable and shares his knowledge in a quiet and caring way.

"The good thing about Wednesday was that every one of us actually saw every bird."

Bird list for 20 March 2013

Bonds Mill to Ryeford Double Locks & return.

Listed in the order seen.

Dipper; Moorhen; Chiffchaff; Greenfinch; Goldfinch

Carrion Crow; Magpie; Mallard; Coot, on nest; Robin, building nest

Dunnock; Woodpigeon; House Sparrow; Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull; Kestrel; Mute Swan, building nest; Wren; Redwing

Blackbird; Chaffinch; Great Tit; Starling

Song Thrush; Redpoll; Goldcrest; Coal Tit

Blue Tit; Long-tailed Tit, building nest; Grey Wagtail; Sparrow Hawk, two soaring

Black-headed Gull; Common Gull

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All pictures by Jackie Harrison