Martin Wright’s Third Winter Wildlife Watch Report
Stonehouse — 15th February
Rather fewer members than usual for this meeting, but considering the weather forecast, a good turnout. With rain scheduled for mid-day, we decided take the canal tow path towards Ryeford and then look at more adventurous options.
Low level hunting
Before we set out we had really close-up views of a Buzzard making use of a variety of low perches in the churchyard for low-level hunting.
As soon as we were on the tow-path, there were signs of territories being set up by squabbling Coots and Swans as well as common birds that we don’t always see – Sparrows and Starlings.
Getting nearer to Ryeford, and filing past the piling for the new tow path, we entered the causeway leading east to Ryeford Double Lock.
This area proved to be a hot-spot for small birds. We saw Goldcrests, Coal Tits, Blue Tits and Great Tits. Grey Wagtails were to be seen on the lock itself.
With the weather threatening, we headed back towards Ryeford, and then, via the meadows near Stanley Mill, to Bridgend and the canal.
We were rewarded on this section of good views of a Cormorant. By the time we arrived back at St Cyrs, it was raining, so we had made good use of our morning.
Twenty nine species were seen on this session.
Cormorant, Blackbird, Mute Swan, Song Thrush, Mallard, Goldcrest, Buzzard, Long-tailed Tit, Moorhen, Coal Tit, Coot, Great Tit, Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Magpie, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Crow, Grey Wagtail, Starling, Pied Wagtail, House Sparrow, Wren, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Goldfinch and Robin.