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Watching Wildlife Report No.1

Wallbridge, Wednesday 20th January by Martin Wright

Six of us met at Wallbridge Visitor Centre on a very cold, but sunny morning. We walked eastward along the canal tow-path towards Butterow and Griffin Mill.

A good day for bird sightings

Despite the cold we had some really good bird sightings, the highlight being prolonged views of a kingfisher on the river at Griffin Mill, and at the same location, Treecreepers, Nuthatch and Siskin.

Birds of a feather…

Small birds at this time of year tend to gather in loose flocks. We found three separate flocks of Long-tailed Tit, lots of Blue and Great Tits, and also Goldcrest and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
The numbers of small birds seen suggests that above-average temperatures have enabled them to survive very well this winter.

Muntjac in a canalside meadow

On our way back, and within sight of Wallbridge, we were surprised to find a Muntjac deer feeding by the side of the canal.

The photo below was taken by CCT’s photographer Mike Gallagher at another canalside location on the same frosty day.

Thirty-one types of bird sighted

Heron, Song Thrush, Mallard, Redwing, Moorhen, Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, Goldcrest, Black-headed Gull, Long-tailed Tit, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blue Tit, Stock Dove, Great Tit, Woodpigeon, Nuthatch, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, Jackdaw Siskin, Wren, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Grey Wagtail, Rook, Dunnock, Crow, Robin, Chaffinch and Blackbird.

Next session

Martin's next Waterside Wildlife Watch session takes place on Wednesday 3rd February. Meet at The Ship Inn, Brimscombe at 10am.