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Winter Wednesdays Wildlife Walk

Martin Wright reports on the 13th November walk

We were lucky again with the weather on this occasion, with autumn colours showing at their best. We had a very leisurely walk making the most of the sunshine and views.

Golden day

To get the maximum impact of this golden day we decided, after walking to Goughs Orchard Lock, to go up the footpath and on to the Bagpath road.

Birds of differing feather – flocking together

We were pleased, en-route, to find a large flock of Siskins (winter visitors), together with Goldfinches apparently feeding on Sycamore seeds. As is usual at this time of year small birds tend to associate together. It was nice to see Goldcrests and Tits in the same area too.

Golden Valley views

We walked along the Bagpath road, with views to the Golden Valley, and the canal.

We were surprised to find four Roe Deer feeding on the edge of a field, and above them two Herons perched in a tree.

This is the kind of sighting that at one time could only be made in more remote areas.

Buzzards soar in the sunshine

Heading back to the canal, over the footbridge to Griffin Mill Lock, we walked back to Brimscombe via the tow-path.

By that time it was warm enough for Buzzards to be soaring, and we spotted both Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the way.

Hospitality at The Ship Inn

We were very grateful to “The Ship” at Brimscombe, for letting us use their car park, and the welcome refreshments after the walk.

Sightings list in the order seen

Carrion Crow; Nuthatch; Robin; Starling; Blackbird; House Sparrow; Pied Wagtail; Pheasant; Black-headed Gull; Wren; Moorhen; Herring Gull; Stock dove; Heron; Woodpigeon; Chaffinch; Dunnock; Greenfinch; Jackdaw; Jay;Magpie; Buzzard;Great-spotted Woodpecker; Mistle Thrush; Siskin; Mallard; Goldfinch; Lesser Black-backed Gull; Goldcrest.

Two more Wednesday Walks

There are two more walks in this pre Christmas series.

27th November – 10am from Wallbridge

11th December – 10am from Bonds Mill

More photos for our Facebook followers

Jackie Harrison captured the colours of the Golden Valley and the perky little roe deer in the photos above. 

Jackie has published more photos on the Cotswold Canals Trust Friends & Members Facebook page.

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