Sunday, 7 February 2016

If at first you don't succeed.... Forest of Dean....29th-31st January 2016.

try, try again! Well I did try and finally had views of a Goshawk though distant, very distant! To be honest it could have been a Common Buzzard that I was viewing but a friendly birder next to us at New Fancy View confirmed it really was a 'very distant Goshawk'! I think (without checking) this was our 4th visit to New fancy View in the Forest of Dean in search of Goshawks that a lot of folk seem to see more easily and at the right time of year displaying no less! The rooting up of grassy areas were testament to the presence of Wild Boar in the area. Some affected areas on our last visit seemed to have recovered well, so all is not lost with the presence of the Wild Boar though I would not like to meet one face to face!!

I am glad Wild Boar are not in my garden!


It was a most enjoyable couple of days away, staying in Symonds Yat (East) with great views from the Guest House of the Symonds Yat Rapids a man-made feature on the River Wye. A pity the sun was not shining when I took the pics.

Cannop Ponds was on the agenda for a walk and thankfully welly boots had been packed as they certainly were needed after the rains of recent weeks. A couple of pairs of Mandarins, several Little Grebes who were ducking and diving too much for me to get a more accurate count, Tufted Duck and Cormorant were the remaining highlights here. At the feeding station were numerous Blue and Great Tits, Dunnocks, Robins (having a tussle occasionally), Blackbirds and a Nuthatch made up the numbers.



A tasty fish!
Going down!
Enjoying the sunshine or drying off...the latter methinks!
Just passing!

Parkend was where the distant Hawfinch was seen once only despite a couple of lengthy visits. Again Blue and Great Tits were to be seen in good numbers also Chaffinches! Wren, Song Thrush, Greenfinch, Dunnock and Nuthatch were also in much evidence as were the Sheep that were grazing freely, no wonder the Hawfinches were

On arrival at Yat Rock the pair of Peregrines that nest there were both perched on what is I believe a favoured tree, although one was obscured by the branches to see clearly. We had good views from the viewpoint of Raven, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Cormorant.
Seed had been left in various places including a hole in one of the trees close to the viewpoint. Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Robin, Chaffinch and again in good numbers were Great and Blue Tits were the species enjoying the seed offerings.


Peregrine pair perched...honestly. lol

I reckon another visit in Spring will be needed to have better views of a Goshawk or two!


  1. That's a great shot of the dabchick with a stickleback!

  2. Thanks Si! I got lucky with that shot!