for tracking purposes only.
The birds of
Cheltenham Diver 10th
RSPB Criuse, Exe 9th
Slimbridge 26th & 27th
Garden Sparrowhawk 8th
Portishead & Chew 7th
Cheltenham & Highnam 1st
Wildlife in the Forest of Dean
Hawling 24th January
We returned to Hawling this afternoon as it was forecast sunshine for the day. As soon as we arrived a Red Kite flew low over the road, but I was a bit slow getting out of the car with my camera so hence, no photos! The Short -
Cotswold Water Park & Hawling 20th January 2015
We went to Cotswold Water Park in the morning for my birthday outing to look for Red -
Forest of Dean 19th January 2015
We went to the Forest of Dean to look for Hawfinches for our year list. We went to Parkend to look for them but unfortunately, no luck. They had been seen at the top of some tall trees, but we’d missed them. We went to Parkend Church where we also dipped out on the Hawfinches, but managed to see a lovely pair of Common Crossbills, which are also not very easy to see as they cover a wide area. The Females are dull green, whilst the Males are bright red. At one time the Male fed the Female, but they stayed high in the tree all the time we were there, after which both were spooked by a dog walker. We went to Cannop Ponds to catch up with the Mandarin Ducks and Marsh Tits. We saw quite a few Mandarins swimming on the pond, while on the feeders were Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Blue & Great Tits, Blackbirds, Robins, Chaffinches & 2 Marsh Tits. We went to Speech House where we saw Nuthatches, Song Thrush, Blackbirds & Stock Doves.
We quickly popped back to Parkend to look and see if the Hawfinches came back but sadly only Song Thrush, Grey Squirrels, Magpie and a few small birds feeding under the Yew Trees.
We stopped at Aust on the way back, just in case any Short -
Common Crossbill [Male]
Common Crossbill [Female]
Mandarin Duck [Pair]
Brean Down & Somerset Levels 18th January 2015
We went to Brean Down to look for the Twite & Black Redstart. We spotted the Black Redstart on the wall and then on the roof of a house. While we were waiting for the Black Redstart to make an appearance I went to try and photograph a Male Stonechat, but it flew off beforehand. There was also a Robin perched on a stick and before it flew onto the beach. Then the Male Black Redstart landed on some of the rocks that Mum was sitting on along the beach. So I went up to see it and it was chased by a Pied Wagtail. It came quite close a few times, so I managed to get some photos of it. We then to Brean Down Farm where the Twite had been seen, but not today. We did saw Wren, Meadow Pipits, Sparrowhawk, Shelducks, Curlews, Song Thrushes, Redshanks and some Dunlin. On the way back to the car park we saw a Chiffchaff, Song Thrush & Sparrowhawk which we saw earlier over the saltmarsh. We also saw some Goats grazing on the hillside. We don't know exactly what breed they were, but they had very large horns. We then headed down to the Somerset Levels and to Ham Wall RSPB. There not much around except Shovelers, Mallards, Mute Swans from the viewpoint & Canada Geese on the rafts from the viewing screens. Also a Robin feeding on grain near the viewpoint. On the way to Shapwick Heath to see the Starlings, at Ashcott Bridge, we saw a Female Roe Deer feeding on the bank of the river. Finally we finished the day at Shapwick Heath with thousands of Starlings coming into roost, but no spectacular murmurations that evening. It was still a good way to finish the day.
Black Redstart [Male]
Black Redstart [Male]
Brean Down Goat
Roe Deer [Female]