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Watching Wildlife Report No. 3 Wednesday 17th February 2016

Martin Wright reports on Watching Wildlife Session No. 3

Despite the weather eleven of us turned up at the meeting place by St. Cyrs Church, Stonehouse.

The cold, wet & windy Wednesday persuaded us to take the driest option and walk along the tow-path to Ryeford Locks in the hope that we might catch sight of one of the area’s oft reported Kingfishers.

Whilst we didn’t see a Kingfisher, wildlife watching was nevertheless good considering the weather conditions.

Wide water — wonderful for waterfowl

The width of the canal near St. Cyrs makes it a good habitat for waterfowl, so we had several sightings of Mute Swan, Mallard, Moorhen and Coot.

It was also good to see House Sparrows and Starlings — two birds that have declined nationally. Bird-song was also in evidence, with Robins, Dunnocks, Great Tits and Nuthatches.

Many thanks to Sheila Allen for doing the “admin” and for taking the photo of the day… Black headed Gulls watching their bit of the world, live, from a TV aerial.


Best sighting

Perhaps the best sighting of the day was near Ryeford Locks.
A flock, otherwise known as a ‘Charm’ of goldfinches were to be seen feeding on the canal bank. They were accompanied by two Siskins, and a Wren.

A brisk walk back

Our walk back to St Cyrs was a fairly brisk affair. But in the process we did see a Sparrow Hawk, primroses in the banks, and Almond blossom in the hedges.

Birds seen

Mute Swan, Long-tailed Tit, Mallard, Blue Tit, Sparrow Hawk, Great Tit, Moorhen, Nuthatch, Coot, Magpie, Black-headed Gull, Jackdaw, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Carrion Crow, Stockdove, Starling, Woodpigeon, House Sparrow, Wren, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Robin, Siskin, Blackbird and Bullfinch.

Next session

The next Cotswold Canals Trust Waterside Wildlife Watch session takes place on Wednesday 2nd March. Meet at CCT Visitor Centre, Saul at 10am.

Click here, or on the icon below, to learn more about the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Click here to download the Watching Wildlife Timetable

Click here to view CCT Photographer Mike Gallagher's Wildife Album