Wildlife Watch from The New Red Lion at Chalford 31st January — Martin Wright reports
We enjoyed another cold, but eventually sunny, morning for the second Wildlife Watch of 2018.
Twelve people enjoyed the route through the Frome Valley, East of Chalford. The canal towpath towards Bakers Mill, gave us good views of the canal and river.
This is where Dippers are often found, and we did — two of them — flying upstream over the river.
There were also catkins and snowdrops – altogether a very nice walk.
At Bakers Mill we found a hotspot for birds. The most unusual sighting was of three Cormorants perched at the very top of pine trees.
Here are two of them!
We also saw Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Heron, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tits and Treecreeper, whilst birdsong was heard from Nuthatch, Great Tits and Coal Tits.
We then took the road to Frampton Mansell which gave us good views over the valley before we returned via the lake at Bakers Mill. We enjoyed the bright sunshine on our walk back to Chalford. We were grateful for the parking outside The New Red Lion Inn before the session. We also enjoyed the hospitality inside afterwards.
Twenty-eight species of bird were encountered:
Little Grebe, Song Thrush, Cormorant*, Goldcrest, Heron, Long-tailed Tit, Mute Swan, Marsh Tit, Mallard, Coal Tit, Sparrow-Hawk, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Great Tit, Moorhen, Nuthatch, Woodpigeon, Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail, Magpie, Dipper, Jackdaw, Wren, Crow, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Robin and Blackbird.
(*Research reveals that the collective noun for a group of Cormorants is ‘A Gulp’)
The Next Session
The next Waterside Wildlife Watch session will meet
at Ebley Mill, Stroud, GL5 4UB, at 10:00am on Wednesday 14th February
A message for Wildlife Watchers
We hope create a collection of photos of wildlife seen on Martin’s Wildlife Watch Sessions.
Most smartphones capture good hi-res images these days, so have yours ready.
A slice of cake awaits in Upper Lock Cafe for the first Wildlife Watcher to ‘press the button’
on one of the numerous otters to be seen in Stroud’s waterways