The Crossbills were around the Parkend Church area and came down periodically to drink from a couple of puddles of water alongside the small Church car park. Fortunately the water had defrosted...it was a very cold (and sunny for the most part) weekend!
The Hawfinch were also in Parkend and were in a grassed area which was surrounded by mostly Yew trees next to the Cricket Ground. Someone had placed seed, nuts and fatballs under one of theYew trees which then attracted Hawfinch, Blackbird, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Wren, Blue, Great & Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Nuthatch. Redwings were also sighted but kept their distance as they sifted through leaf mould. It was a treat to see the Hawfinch so closely, their plumage is absolutely stunning! A wonderful experience having lengthy views of these birds at fairly close quarters!
New Fancy View.
As mentioned earlier a Goshawk was not sighted, this is my 3rd attempt of having a Goshawk sighting at New Fancy, maybe a 4th visit in the future will be lucky!
Green Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Siskin, Green Woodpecker, Raven and a Kestrel were notable sightings, heard only were a drumming Woodpecker and the squeals of a Wild Boar!
Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Robin, Mandarin Duck, Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Mallards, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen and bathing Raven were the highlights on a walk around the ponds.
Symonds Yat Rock
A male Peregrine perched distantly in trees by the nesting sight was the only sighting of this species today, still very nice to see viewed through a scope. A couple of Common Buzzards circled around a couple of times one being a pale phase Buzzard. Cormorants, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Blue & Great Tit, Chaffinch and distant views of what I believe to be Roe Deer were the highlights!
It had been a great few days in the wonderful area that is the Forest of Dean.