Vale and Forest
After a brief visit to Ashleworth where I could see what looked like a very pale Buzzard in the trees above the cliff at Wainlode, I headed for Wainlode Hill. It was indeed a pale Buzzard. From near the top of the hill I scanned across Leigh Meadows to find three adult Whooper Swans with six Mute Swans (can you spot the Whoopers in the long-range photo?). From there to the Forest of Dean. It very very quiet at New Fancy View so I moved on to Woorgreens to find five Goosander (1 male, 4 redhead) and a pair of Tufted Duck on the lake, and 60 Lesser Redpolls, 50 Siskins, two Bramblings with Chaffinches among the alders and larches. Photos: Paul Masters.