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Wildlife Watch — Session 6

Martin Wright reports on the 28th March session
Starting at Fromebridge Mill

The theme of ‘less than ideal weather’ for our Waterside Wildlife Watch Sessions continues; however, as thirteen people turned up for this meeting in pouring rain, we decided to carry on regardless.

The decision turned out to be a good one. It was all very worthwhile; the rain stopped, the sun came out, birds were singing and we had all had a really good time.

Unspoilt section of waterway

We set off from Fromebridge Mill, and walked towards Saul Junction along a new permissive footpath beside the canal. This is a beautifully unspoilt section of waterway, with so much water it almost looked navigable.

A great place for seeing… and hearing wildlife

The songs of numerous Chiffchaffs reminded us that, despite the weather, spring was really here. At Stonepits Bridge we made a small diversion to view an area of uncultivated country, and were rewarded with sightings of Yellow Hammer and Reed Bunting; two birds we rarely see on our walks.

Blue Tits, Great & Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker, (drumming and yaffeling respectively) were seen and heard.

Male Yellowhammer courtesy of Mike Rochester — Lochinver

Click to hear ‘yaffeling’ performed by a Green Woodpecker

After spending a very rewarding time in the Stonepits area area, we carried on along a muddy towpath to Whitminster Church where we stayed for more aural delight, the church clock chiming mid-day. The clock chimes every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day!

As time was clearly getting on we returned briskly to Fromebridge across the meadows. On the way back we spotted Cormorant and Little Egret.
Finally we enjoyed the hospitality of Fromebridge Mill.

Birds seen

Adding up the bird count (42 species) confirmed that it had indeed been a wonderful waterside wildlife session.

Cormorant, Blackbird, Mute Swan, Fieldfare, Little Egret, Redwing, Mallard, Song Thrush, Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Pheasant, Long-tailed Tit, Moorhen, Blue Tit, Black-headed Gull, Great Tit, Common Gull, Treecreeper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Jay, Herring Gull, Magpie, Stockdove, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Crow, Collared Dove, Raven, Green Woodpecker, Starling, Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Sparrow, Skylark, Chaffinch, Grey Wagtail, Goldfinch, Wren, Bullfinch, Dunnock, Yellow Hammer, Robin and Reed Bunting.

The Next Session

The next Waterside Wildlife Watch session will meet at
The Tunnel House Inn, Coates,  Cirencester, GL7 6PW
10:00 a.m. on Wednesday 11th April

Click here to read Martin Wright’s overview of this year’s sessions

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