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Watching Wildlife Report No. 6 Chalford 30th March

Martin Wright reports on Watching Wildlife Session No. 6

Twelve Waterside Wildlife Watchers met at The Red Lion, at Chalford for our latest ramble. The weather, at last, was perfect for late March.

Up the hill to Frampton Mansell

We therefore decided to go for a proper walk and head for Frampton Mansell.

We enjoyed the sights and sounds of mini waterfalls in the locks created by the high water levels.

Good omen

The first bird we saw was a Dipper – the first we had seen this year, and a good omen for things to come. Very soon it was clear that migration had begun, with several newly arrived Chiffchaffs, and even an early Blackcap.

Birdsong at a peak

Birdsong was at its peak, with a chorus of Wrens, Nuthatches, Robins and Song Thrushes, accompanied us as we walked in the valley towards Bakers mill. The lake at Bakers Mill provided us with more birds for our list, Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Moorhen and Grey Wagtail.

We then walked up the hill to Frampton Mansell, and enjoyed the views from the church. On our walk back to Chalford we were accompanied by a rider, whose horse appeared to think he was part of our group!

It was all good fun, and in next to no time we were back at the Chalford, where several of us enjoyed the hospitality of “The Red Lion”

Birds seen

Mute Swan, Blackcap, Mallard, Chiffchaff, Moorhen, Goldcrest, Little Grebe, Long-tailed Tit, Buzzard, Coal Tit, Woodpigeon, Blue Tit, Stockdove, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Creeper, Grey Wagtail, Magpie, Dipper, Jackdaw, Wren, Rook, Dunnock, Carrion Crow, Robin, Greenfinch, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Song Thrush, Siskin, Mistle Thrush and Bullfinch.