Friday, 12 February 2010

Bridleway walk and Canal! ....07/02/2010

Out walking along a local bridleway this morning I didn't bargain on having to stepaside for a multitude of runners in a cross country race!!! The first section of the bridleway was fine with Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Pied wagtail, Magpie, Blackbird, Robin, Black-headed Gull, Magopie and Carrion Crow seen. At the end of this section are a few houses with one having a Lake at the bottom of their you! On the lake were Mute Swan, Coot, Moorhen and B-h Gulls! The second section of the bridleway was to be quiet..birdwise! The runners were using this section and at times the bridleway narrowed making 'giving way' to the runners a task in itself! They were very polite and most breathlessly said 'Thank you' but by the time we had walked the stretch of the bridleway it became a little tiresome giving way to say the least. I asked one of the marshall's as we arrived back at my car how long and how many competitors where in the race. I was told the race was 10 miles with approximately 400 runners, I reckon we let pass at least 300 of the 400!
A walk along a canal this afternoon was much more productive with flocks of Siskin (15+), Greenfinch (30+) and Pied Wagtail (45+). Other highlights were Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Grey Wagtail x2, Goldcrest, L T Tit, Great and Blue Tit, Blackbird, wren, Song Thrush, Redwing, Jay, Jackdaw, Collared Dove, Heron, Tawny Owl (heard) and a Buzzard hunting low over a field at the end of a very pleasant 3 hour walk! I am now shattered after a busy walking and dodging!


  1. Sounds like a frustrating walk dodging all those competitors Pam! lol!
    You have some nice pictures in this post,I particulary like the pendulous Siskins,the reflected trees and canal bridge!

  2. It was a pity that the daylight was so grey again, we seem to have had a lot of those sort of days this winter. The Siskins and reflected trees pics I thought looked a bit makes a change for me to do something a bit different!lol!

    I shall look out for the warning signs of 'Race etc' on my next visit and turn around and go elsewhere! It was funny when i look back on it now.
    Thanks for your comments, Ruth!