Sunday, 15 March 2015

Forest of Dean

Hello

Ten members of the Northants Bird Club travelled down to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire today to see some of the bird specialities of the area.

The first venue was the village location of Parkend, and we quickly located small numbers of Hawfinches in trees and bushes near to the church and also under yews by the cricket pitch. Dave Jackson managed some fine images of the birds feeding under the yew trees.

A Dipper showed on the stream in the village and three Crossbills perched up on bushes by the church. Siskins were everywhere and other birds included Nuthatch and Grey Wagtail.

Our next location was the look-out at New Fancy View and although the conditions were far from ideal, two Goshawks were on view. A male flew past a couple of times and a big female sat perched distantly in a larch tree. Siskins continued to show well and numerous Ravens careered past. A Hawfinch flew below the look-out a few times.

Next on to Cannop Ponds and an excellent show of Mandarin Ducks were probably the birds of the day as they displayed and called right in front of us. More Siskins here too and Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Grey Wagtail were all very showy.

A bit of a drive to Symonds Yat Rock always provides dramatic views over the River Wye, and we enjoyed good close views of acrobatic Ravens, a pair of Peregrines and with the supporting cast of more Mandarins, a Hawfinch and Nuthatches chiseling out a nest-box.

The last venue was the open landscape of Crabtree Ridge yielded Woodlarks for some but alas no sign of the wintering Great Grey Shrike. Crossbills, Bramblings and plenty of redpolls and Siskins ensured that finches dominated here and 13 Goosanders were on the nearby lake.

Regards

Neil M


Hawfinch

Courtesy of Dave Jackson

Hawfinch

Crossbill

Mandarin Duck

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