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Watching Wildlife Report No. 7 @ Brimscombe 13th April

Martin Wright reports on Watching Wildlife Session No. 7

We have been very lucky with the weather for the last few meetings, and this one was no exception. Twelve Waterside Wildlife Watchers turned up at “The Ship” to enjoy the perfect spring weather.

First port of call

We first visited Brimscombe Port. It was good to see Trout in the clear waters that flow through that area. We then set off up the hill to Bagpath and continued back down again to meet the canal at Griffin Mill.

Birdsong, a butterfly and a BIG machine!

As would be expected in April, there was plenty of bird song to be heard, with a chorus of Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Nuthatch, Mistle and Song Thrushes.

Summer migrants had returned, and gave us several sightings of Chiffchaff and Blackcap. We even spotted our first butterfly — a Small Tortoishell.

Back down at the canal, dredging was taking place East of Griffin Mill. It was fascinating to watch the “new” canal taking shape.

A walk in this area in a few weeks’ time will be a completely different experience as this work means that many more waterfowl will be seen in the vicinity.

After two and a half hours, and quite a bit of hill-climbing, we were grateful for a chance to relax over refreshments at “The Ship”.

Birds seen

Mallard, Goldcrest, Buzzard, Long-tailed Tit, Moorhen, Coal Tit, Woodpigeon, Blue Tit , Green Woodpecker, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Magpie, Wren, Jackdaw, Dunnock, Crow, Robin, Starling, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Mistle Thrush, Greenfinch, Blackcap, Goldfinch and Chiffchaff.

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