Thursday, 25 May 2017
Chester Road Canal, Birmingham.
Being as I enjoyed the walk along the canal I thought it would be nice to drive to where I last got to and walk further along the canal from there which took in location's such as The Boat Inn and Curdworth Village.
Thankfully there was none of the drama of Tuesday and ironically the Mallard and her fourteen ducklings were the first waterfowl I saw which was great because they were much further down the canal than when I saw them before (fate again ?) and normally you wouldn't be able to differentiate between Mallards but as you can see in the first photo she is quite distinctive, it was great to see all fourteen ducklings still with us, I did try and get all of them in one photo but it was impossible with them constantly darting off in different directions.
Birds seen today were, Skylark, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, House Sparrow, Wren, Robin, Starling, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Collared Dove, Stock Dove, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Mallard and Canada Goose as well as the following juveniles, Mallard Duckling (14), Moorhen (4) and countless Starlings.
The only downside of today was seeing a Mallard with a very poorly leg and hearing from locals about the go ahead of plans to destroy and build upon 175 acres of green belt land at Peddimore which is adjacent to part of the canal on this walk which will clearly be devastating to the local wildlife and will be a compete and utter environmental disaster. Peddimore green belt plans.