I spent an excellent morning in the Forest of Dean with Mike managing to get a good variety of typical woodland species. There are still some patches of snow around in the forest, with temperatures a few degrees cooler than in the vale. The highlights were:
A Willow Tit (above), 17 Crossbills, two Jays, two Coal Tits and a Raven;
A pair of Mandarins on the small lake at Brookways Ditch, a Dipper on Cannop Brook behind The Fountain Inn, four Hawfinches at Parkend Beech and two Stock Doves;
Photo: Cannop Brook in spate at Parkend
New Fancy View
25 Chaffinches, three Coal Tits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker;
Six Siskins at the feeders (photos above & below, bottom photo with a Goldfinch), on the ponds 11 Coot, six Tufted Ducks, four Mandarins, 78 Mallards and three Little Grebes;
Two Marsh Tits at the feeders.