|Despite being elusive Theo still managed this record shot of the Yellow-browed Warbler|
|Dipper at Wenchford Picnic Area ~ Forest of Dean|
Next stop New Fancy Viewpoint where unlike my previous visit with Dazza last month, when the low cloud and mist made observation impossible, the conditions were much more accommodating today. In fact, there was plenty of raptor activity throughout our stay with double-figure Common Buzzards, a single Sparrowhawk, great views of a Peregrine but of course, the highlight was the Goshawks, three in total, although always distant. At least four Ravens are also worth a mention.
We enjoyed our packed lunch at Parkend triangle while searching for Hawfinch, which unusually took some time to locate. Jim Rushforth finally connecting with just two birds, feeding in the ground vegetation below one of the trees. While here a couple of Bumblebees and a single Red Admiral, made for my first butterfly sighting of 2019.
|Female Common Crossbill at Park End Church|
|Male Common Crossbill ~ Park End|
|Drake Mandarin Duck Canop Ponds|
|American Wigeon female ~ Church Farm Pool ~ Courtesy of Alan Boddington|
Other images of the day....
|Chiffchaff by Theo de Clermont|