Forest Sunshine

Saturday 20th September 2007

After a foggy start, a morning of autumn sunshine followed. I headed for the Forest of Dean with Andy where we spent the morning. At Brierley there was a Crossbill and four Siskins over, a Willow Tit calling and a pair of Bullfinches. At Woorgreens/Crabtree Hill we saw 20+ Siskins, several Coal Tits, a Tit flock including 14 Long-tailed Tits and were accompanied by the almost constant grunting sound of rutting Fallow Deer. At New Fancy there were two Jays and the sound of more rutting Fallow Deer, also some Shaggy Ink Cap fungus. At Cannop, there was a Dipper and a Kingfisher on the brook below the stone works, two Grey Wagtails and four Mandarins. (Photos of, from the top, Fallow Deer, Shaggy Ink Cap, Coal Tit and Grey Wagtail).

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