Forest sightings

Sunday 30th March 2008

On the first day of BST, it actually felt spring-like, with plenty of sun and temperatures up to 14oC. A hunt for Lesser Spots was unsuccessful, but we did see the following:

Highnam Woods
Three Green Woodpeckers, 15 Redwings and a singing male Blackcap.

Four Hawfinches and c10 Bramblings (one male in almost full breeding plumage) feeding amongst the leaf-litter.

Crabtree Hill/Woorgreens
Two Hawfinches (a male and female) near the Woorgreens car park, also 20 Siskins feeding on conifers near the top of the hill where the forest roads meet, several singing Goldcrests, a singing male Treecreeper and a Goshawk soaring, seen from the main road as we were in the car travelling towards Cinderford.
(Pic of Hawfinch left)

Cannop Ponds
Four Little Grebes (top photo and below) and five Mandarins (next two photos below) on the upper lake.

In the garden today there were two Bramblings and a female Blackcap. (This photo below was taken this evening as I sat in the garden with my cuppa).


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