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Wildlife Walk Report 1st May

Cotswold Canals Trust Wildlife Walk from Bonds Mill, May 1st

A report from walk leader Martin Wright

Five of us (an ideal number), walked on this occasion from Bonds Mill westwards to Chipmans Platt (near the CCT Western Depot), and back via Eastington Church.

Much of this walk was new to me, and on a perfect spring day was quite idyllic.

Thirty three species – again

We saw what has become the usual number of 33 bird species, this time with some with some unusual additions.

Pride of place must go to our sighting of a Goshawk near Eastington, a species rare enough to warrant sending a record in to the Gloucestershire Bird Recorder!

The picture right was taken in Finland.

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Click here to find out more about this fascinating bird of prey.

Another bird new to us was a Stock Dove.

A Dipper nest site was discovered at Bonds Mill.

Butterfly bonus

Butterflies were also in evidence with five species seen.

These were Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, and Brimstone.
All very encouraging.

Below is the list of birds in the order that we saw them.

Dipper,Great Tit, Swallow, Goshawk, Jackdaw, House Martin, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Mute Swan, Heron, Robin, Jay, Moorhen, Pheasant, Coot, Grey Wagtail, Herring gull, Goldcrest, Wren, Dunnock, Long-tailed Tit, House Sparrow, Song Thrush, Magpie, Lesser Black-backed gull, Mallard, Rook, Mistle Thrush, Crow, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Stock Dove and Chiffchaff.

Martin has one more Wildlife walk planned for Wednesday 15th May.

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