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Wildlife Watch — First Report

Martin Wright’s first Winter Wildlife Watch Report

Wallbridge — 18th January

Ten of us met at Wallbridge for the first outing of the season. The weather was cold and overcast, but dry – so a good start.
We decided to head westwards, and follow the canal to Ebley Mill. We made a detour via the lake at Lodgemore Mill, where we found Mute Swans, and very good views of Little Grebe.
Back on the canal tow-path, we had another nice sighting, this time a Kestrel – a bird we don’t often encounter on our rambles.

Early signs of spring

After Ebley Mill we followed a (new to me) footpath, which links the canal to the Stonehouse cycle track, and from there to the cycle track that leads back towards Wallbridge.
The woodland on the final section is usually good for wildlife, and we were soon watching Nuthatches, Tree Creeper and Jay, and even early signs of spring, with singing Great Tit and Song Thrush.

Birds seen during the morning

Thirty species were recorded on this session.

Little Grebe, Blackbird, Mallard, Redwing, Mute Swan, Song Thrush, Kestrel, Blue Tit, Pheasant, Great Tit, Moorhen, Nuthatch, Herring, Gull, Tree Creeper, Black-headed gull, Jay, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Collared Dove, Crow, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Grey Wagtail, House Sparrow, Wren, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Robin and Bullfinch.

Next week we meet at The Ship Inn, Brimscombe