Thursday, 9 November 2017

Forest of Dean & Newton St Loe

Date: 07/08/ 11/2017
Location:
Patch Newton St Loe + Forest of Dean
Weather: 7th Blue skies but cold 8th Grey overcast
Species Highlights: 
7th- Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, Mandarin Ducks, Buzzard. 
8th Common Gull, Stock Dove, Goldcrest, 
Observation: 
Lauren off work so we headed to Forest of Dean to check out Shrike but no sign although it was spotted in another part of the forest, my second attempt. 
Apart from deer at Crabtree hill it was very quiet. 


my previous  attempt did manage to get close and personal to this beast!


I've been many time to FOD but never seen them this close, he was wandering around the car park, people, dogs and cars all around.


We left Crabtree hill and went to our favorite spot for some Nuthatch, Marsh Tits and what ever else was about. 

The autumn colours made a fabulous backdrop.



Amazing how they scamper up side down, look at those claws.



Although we did see Marsh Tit 3, they didn't pose to well so here's one from 02/11/2017 a greyer day.


The Robin's didn't feed at all they continually chased each other around.


Little grebes also looking good.


Plus a few Mandarin, on golden pond. We had a great day and i'm sure we'll great that Shrike one day!


Thursday 08/11/2017 

Patch a grey day what a difference. Headed out through Bath Mill and on up to fields with very little showing and little change from last few walks. In Village a male Blackcap briefly not photo to quick. Top lake was alive with Goldcrest at least 8 could be heard in yew trees along with a small groups of Redwing counted 25 on whole walk. 
Highlights were on way down Back drive with a very large group of corvids, 25+ Crow, 35 Jackdaw and 20 Rook, also of note were Black headed gulls 50+ and 15 Common Gulls first ones since February! Herring gull and Lesser also feeding in with cows.


Bit further along drive saw 7 Stock Dove a patch record! Stonechat pair in horse fields the female Kestrel in normal fields and that was my lot.


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