It was good to walk around Cannop Ponds again even on a dull and cold day! Highlight birds were Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Coal, Marsh and Long-tailed Tit, Song Thrush in full voice, Jay, Pied and Grey Wagtail, Little Grebe, x3, Mandarin x19, Tufted Duck and 32 frogs spawning!
Saturday was the day planned for New Fancy View and Goshawks. The mist/fog and cold temperatures were not enthralling to say the least so a proposed long and patient wait at the viewpoint was somewhat curtailed due to the dull and cold conditions! Oh well, maybe 3rd time lucky on a return visit sometime in the future. Green Woodpecker and Song Thrush x2 were the highlight at the viewpoint!
A Peregrine pair at Symonds Yat Rock were a delight to see as they perched in the trees and on the cliff ledges and several times took flight! A Common Buzzard and a tree full of Cormorants were the only other birds seen during the short stay at what was another cold viewpoint!
Spot the Peregrines!
For a change of scenery a visit to Puzzlewood was made late afternoon on Saturday as the birds were keeping their heads down and who could blame them! A visit here in late Spring/ Summertime in sunshine would I am sure show the Ancient Woodland at it's best, a misty dull day as today I felt did not do it justice!
It was a great weekend away despite the miserable weather!