Martin Wright reports on the May 9th CCT ‘Birdsong Special’ — Wildlife Watch
Ten regular Wildlife Walkers met at the Gateway Centre at Cotswold Water Park for a ‘Birdsong Special’ meeting.
Leaving some cars at the centre we travelled in two others to Pit 43 and the Thames Path.
Birdlife was abundant
The area we entered was what might be best described as ‘wasteland’. This area provided a habitat of low bushes brambles and short grass – perfect for wildlife. Birdlife was abundant, with the problem of identifying the individual species because they were all singing at once!
After a while it appeared that Garden Warbler was the dominant songster, although there were many Blackcaps, Sedge Warblers, Cetti’s Warblers and Reed Buntings to be heard.
Of course the highlight of any birdsong meeting is the Nightingale, and we were serenaded by two or three with their dramatic song – wonderful.
We had two other places to go. Walking a lane between two lakes we found Whitethroats, Linnets and Reed Warblers, and finally to ‘Twitchers Gate’, for Red-crested Pochard, Cormorants, Terns and Great Crested Grebes.
Great Crested Grebe — Photo by Martin Wright
Reed Warbler — Photo by Martin Wright
At all three sites we could hear the calls of Cuckoos, and watched Hobbies feeding on flying insects after their long journeys from Africa.
We finished off at the restaurant at the Gateway Centre, after a really good morning and collecting £50.00 in donations for Canal Trust funds. Perhaps this is a blueprint for the future.
Forty four species of birds seen or heard!
Great Crested Grebe, Robin, Cormorant, Nightingale, Heron, Blackbird, Mute, Swan, Song Thrush, Canada Goose, Cetti’s Warbler, Mallard, Sedge Warbler, Red-crested Pochard, Reed Warbler, Tufted Duck, Whitethroat, Buzzard, Blackcap, Hobby, Chiffchaff, Moorhen, Willow Warbler, Coot, Garden Warbler, (Probable) Black-tailed Godwits, Great Tit, Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, Common Tern, Jay, Cuckoo, Magpie, Swift, Jackdaw, Green Woodpecker, Crow, Swallow, Chaffinch, Wren, Linnet, Dunnock and Reed Bunting.