Sunday 5th December 2010

I happened to be in Coleford yesterday afternoon when I got a message about a group of WAXWINGS in Berry Hill. I checked the map, it was only about a mile and a half away so I was there in no time, arriving at 1:30pm, to watch at least nineteen birds coming to feed on an ornamental Rowan in The Horesepool (above and below), thanks to Lewis T. for finding them. They were still there when I left at 2:00pm. It's nice to see some at last as it seemed they had been avoiding Gloucestershire, but I needn't have worried. I'm sure we will see a lot more of them, and I'll still be scrutinising any likely looking tree with berries on.

Earlier, a local walk around the patch had produced two Snipe at Clearwater Drive, a pair of Bullfinches at Dimore Brook and several Redwings. Yesterday two female Blackcaps were in the garden (below), feeding on Euonymus berries, and my female Great Spotted Woodpecker was back after not seeing it for several days.


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