Forest of Dean March 2020

March 9th 2020 Forest of Dean
Ten members of the birding group set out for Parkend hoping for dry weather. By the church we had a splendid view of a Greater spotted woodpecker high at the top of a tree. Several buzzards were wheeling around, and blue, great and coal tits flitted through the bare branches. A jay flew across the field. Already clouds were gathering so we set off for New Fancy View where we were told goshawk had been seen today hoping to catch them before the thermals disappeared. We met birders who had seen them earlier in the morning and a crossbill but they had already gone. However they pointed out two curled up adders, hidden under the gorse and another one at the base of the wall. See Stuarts picture.
We then went to Cannop Ponds where there were chaffinches, nuthatches, and tits on the feeders. Some very quarrelsome greylag geese splashed about while the coots, moorhens, tufted ducks and Canada geese ignored them. A diving bird proved to be a cormorant. While we ate our lunch we watched two mute swans , and lots of mandarin ducks in full breeding plumage. They look quite comical resting in the trees. We were lucky to catch sight of a tree creeper, constantly climbing around the tree truck and flitting from branch to branch. A little grebe stayed on the lake’s surface long enough to be identified.
Returning to the stone works some were lucky enough to see a dipper, and grey wagtail. Following the dipper down stream we had good views of a pair of song thrushes, a dunnock and robin , and a brief glimpse before it disappeared again. We left as the rain began. A pleasing 33 species seen.

Buzzard Wood pigeon Blue tit Jay
Coal tit Greater spotted Woodpecker Crow Blackbird
Goldfinch Lesser black backed gull Coot Greylag goose
Robin Mallard Great tit Chaffinch
Moorhen Nuthatch Tufted Duck Long tailed tit
Canada Goose Cormorant Greenfinch Grey wagtail
Mute Swan Mandarin Duck Tree creeper Little Grebe
Dipper Pied wagtail Dunnock Song thrush