Sunday, 6 March 2016

Forest of Dean re-visited....26th-28th February 2016

A return visit and on this trip staying in Hillersland which was handy as Symonds Yat Rock is just a hop skip and a jump away.

Good views of a solitary Hawfinch were had at Parkend along with Nuthatch and the usual Tits, Finches and a couple of Song Thrush.

Cannop Ponds was not such of a mudbath to walk around as on the last visit but wellies were still needed. Mandarins, Coots, Moorhens, Mallards, Mute Swans, Tufted Ducks and Little Grebes were on and around the water. On and around the feeders were Nuthatch, Marsh, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Robins and Chaffinches.

New Fancy View was a little more productive than the last visit with better Goshawk views but still fairly distant...maybe a further visit will be needed.;-) Common Buzzard and a Blue Tit were the only other species seen here on this visit.

Woorgreens Lake and Marsh is a 9-hectare Nature Reserve owned by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Long-tailed Tits, Goldcrests, Blue and Great Tits were sighted on the walk and though distant  good scope views were enjoyed of 3 Crossbills (2 m & 1 f) as they made their way along the tops of conifers! This is a huge reserve and it would have been good to have given it more time, maybe on a future trip to the Forest of Dean

A small herd of Fallow Deer as they emerged from the trees opposite the viewing point were a treat to see at Symonds Yat Rock, a Fox was also sighted along an embankment and strangely the Pheasants that were feeding along the embankments in good numbers seemingly ignored the Fox! 
Highlight bird species seen were Raven, Peregrine (perched), Common Buzzard and a Goshawk which gave great views as it circled over the trees below the viewpoint and finally out of sight...Woodpigeons alerted us to the Goshawk as they took flight once it appeared!

My thanks go to my Daughter for the Goshawk pics....I didn't manage a single one!

My best shot of the solitary Hawfinch at Parkend! A stunning bird!

Symonds Yat Rock

Common Buzzard.....they are always a pleasure to watch be it at home or away!

An unexpected window at Woorgreens N R !


I believe this is Birch Polypore but willing to stand corrected.

Cannop Ponds

 A Robin trying to disguise itself as a leaf!
 That's better!
Finally a Twenty-plume Moth staying indoors and keeping warm at the guest house! A sensible moth!
It had been another super weekend in a super area! Cold weather but refreshing.....ok, I will be truthful it was very cold but still refreshing!!!


  1. I've never managed to get a satisfactory view of a Hawfinch, let alone get a photo. Fleeting silhouettes overhead and the sound of their call is all I've ever had!

  2. The one I saw was never going to come as close as the Chaffinches etc, so I was very lucky John!

  3. Those shots look like they were taken on a bridge like my S8650! Great results.

  4. Thank you Si! I do use a bridge camera, it is a Panasonic DMC FZ200.

  5. Glad to hear that you had good Goshawk views this time Pam, Emma's photo's are very good, I missed the only one I've seen too! lol
    I love those forest sculptures, don't they add a nice splash of colour and light!

  6. Thank you for your lovely comments Ruth!

    The sculpture would have been a treat to have seen in sunshine though still colourful!