A dull and cold weekend brightened up by excellent birding. On Saturday six Hawfinches were present at 12.25pm around Dimore playing field, Quedgeley. Even in gloomy conditions they still look fantastic (photos above and below). I saw at least six again this morning at 9.00am in a quick search.
Earlier, me and Mark had been to see the PIE-BILLED GREBE in Somerset at RSPB Ham Wall. This was an easy tick, although it remained a little distant, but a smart bird in summer livery and a lifer for us both. Great White Egrets and Marsh Harriers were also nice to see here.
On the way back we stopped off at Aust Warth for the two Twite, which very obligingly flew into a nearby tree, where they sat for several minutes (below).
Meanwhile in the garden two Bramblings continue to visit regularly, as do four Siskins, a pair of Bullfinches, a female Blackcap, a male Great Spotted Woodpecker, and good numbers of Chaffinches and Greenfinches.