Martin Wright’s second Winter Wildlife Watch Report
Brimscombe — 1st February
Once again, there were ten of us for our second meeting of the season.
We met at The Ship Inn, Brimscombe, and we were grateful for the use of their car park.
We set off along the canal towpath to Gough’s Orchard Lock, and then climbed the hill towards Swellshill, and Bagpath.
We were very fortunate to have among us people with local knowledge able to point out ancient brickworks, the site of Bagpath Railway Halt, and many other historical facts.
We also, saw and heard songbirds. Robins, Dunnocks, Song and Mistle Thrushes, Great Tits and Wood Pigeons were singing.
Another sign of springtime approaching
We even found flowering daffodils to suggest that we may be through the worst of the winter.
From our high vantage point we descended into the valley to re-join the canal at Griffin Mill Lock. The ornithological highlight here was watching a pair of Dippers, doing what they do best, swimming and diving in the River.
Our way back was via the canal towpath which has been completely transformed by the dredging carried out by the CCT volunteers.
We made our way back to The Ship Inn where we enjoyed their usual hospitality.
(Photo courtesy of Jan Thomas)
Twenty-seven species were seen during this session
Mallard, Dunnock, Buzzard, Robin, Pheasant, Blackbird, Moorhen, Song Thrush, Black-headed Gull, Mistle Thrush, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blue Tit, Herring Gull, Great Tit, Stockdove, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Green Woodpecker, Crow, Pied Wagtail, Starling, Dipper, House Sparrow, Wren and Chaffinch.