Martin Wright reports on Watching Wildlife Session No. 8
As has become usual for these sessions, twelve of us set out to walk the Western section of the restored canal on a lovely sunny morning for the final Watching Wildlife session of the year.
Record number of sightings
This is a wonderful area for distant views, and we managed to see a record number of birds in the process. Our walk took us westward, past Bonds Mill, and on towards Blunder Lock. In this section we found waterfowl in abundance, Coots, Moorhens, Mallards with young, and nesting Mute Swans.
An unexpected migrator
What was most unexpected, though, was the sighting of a Common Sandpiper, obviously on migration, and a long way from its probable destination of a Scottish loch.
Our return was via the water meadows to Beards Mill, which gave us views towards Stinchcombe Hill, and Cam Peak. That spectacular landscape was enhanced by a Kestrel hovering among the Swallows.
A delightful day
Cotswold Canals Trust Chair of Trustees Jim White and his wife Caroline were in Martin’s party of twelve people.
Jim commented, “It was a delightful day. Martin’s knowledge, hearing and sharp eye for nature opened up the countryside for all of us fortunate enough to be with him.”
Mute Swan, Blackbird, Mallard, Song Thrush, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush, Kestrel, Blackcap, Moorhen, Chiffchaff, Coot, Long-tailed Tit, Common Sandpiper, Coal Tit, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Blue Tit, Herring Gull, Great Tit, Woodpigeon, Jay, Swift, Magpie, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Swallow, Rook, House Martin, Crow, Grey Wagtail, Starling, Pied Wagtail, House Sparrow, Wren, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Robin and Greenfinch.
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