Forest and Slimbridge

Friday 4th April 2008

A foggy start, quite slow to clear, but giving way to a warm, sunny and very pleasant day. With the whole day to myself I spent the morning at a couple of sites concentrating on photographing some of my favourite birds such as Hawfinch (above, at Brierley) and Brambling (below, Cannop Ponds), and getting lots of other birds along the way:

Forest of Dean
Cannop Ponds:
Six Brambling, two Reed Buntings, a Coal Tit, nine Mandarins, three Stock Doves, around five drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers plus one other seen, a singing male Blackcap, several singing Chaffinches, a Jay, a Grey Wagtail, two Little Grebes, three Wrens, a Song Thrush, a Dunnock, and several Robins, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Chaffinches (below: Brambling, Chaffinch, Wren and Reed Bunting).

Broadwell, nr. Coleford:
A male Swallow.
Brierley (Serridge Enclosure):
Four plus Hawfinches showing well
(top photo and below) with two Bramblings (one in breeding plumage), a Raven, a Buzzard and a Chiffchaff.

Slimbridge WWT
Robbie Garnett hide:
A Green Sandpiper (below) and an Oystercatcher.

Holden Walkway:
A singing Blackcap and a male Reed Bunting.
Holden Tower:
A Pink-footed Goose with a Darvic leg-ring UBA (below), a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, six European Greylag Geese, a female Peregrine, four Oystercatchers and a Buzzard.

South Lake:
Ten Black-tailed Godwits, an Oystercatcher and a Cormorant (below).

In the garden this evening, singing male Blackcap and Chiffchaff.


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