Evening in the Forest of Dean
Forest of Dean Evening meeting June 25th 2018
Eleven birders met and drove to Cannop Ponds. The lake was very calm with tufted duck, a female mandarin and her young, and some coot. On the bird feeders were great tits, gold finch and several siskin showing well. A swift flew overhead. The overflow was dried up but of great interest to several grey wagtails, some of them juveniles. Further downstream on the rocks was a young dipper which moved about for a while was joined by another one and then stood motionless, transfixed by the water which meant we were all able to get good views of this rare bird. We walked into the woods but were only able to hear song thrush and chiff chaff as the foliage hid any birds.
From here we moved on and enjoyed seeing tiny froglets near the pond, several fallow deer, and more singing chiff chaffs. As dusk fell and the biting midges came out we had good views of a herd of deer moving gently around. We heard and then saw a woodcock. Then we listened to the extraordinary churring of nightjars. Eventually as the light fell they did several fly pasts so we all had excellent views.
Tufted Duck Swift
Mallard Black Headed Gull
Great Tit Dipper
Grey Wagtail Greylag Goose
Blue Tit Woodcock
Blackbird Wood Pigeon
Pied Wagtail Nightjar
Plus those heard: SongThrush, Chiff Chaff, Pheasant,