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Bristol and Avon Bird

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Wildlife in the Forest of Dean

Bob Bushell’s Wildlife
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January 2019

Forest of Dean 15th January 2019

We went to the Forest of Dean to see the Common Crossbills that were showing well drinking from the puddles. We also saw Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinches, Nuthatches, & Marsh Tits while we waited for the Crossbills to show. There were lots of cars there, but everybody was well behaved and didn’t seem to put the Crossbills off. We could hear them coming before we saw them perched in the tree above us. Some flew off but a couple came down to the puddle. The birds were mainly 1st Winter Males & Females. The Adult Males were a bit more nervous of coming down with a lot of people about. In another part of the forest, the Hawfinches were still feeding on the remaining Yew berries. A couple of Blackbirds, Nuthatch and Magpie were feeding on some seed that somebody had scattered. A couple of Grey Squirrels were chasing around.  We finished the day at Aust Warth. We saw one Short-eared Owl out hunting, but not over the saltmarsh. This individual chose, on this occasion to hunt over the fields. It disappeared over the trees and didn’t come back. It was a good day anyway.


Common Crossbill [Female]

Common Crossbill [Male]

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Goldfinch [Adult]

Marsh Tit [Adult]

Common Crossbill [1st Winter Male]

Common Crossbill [Female]

Common Crossbill [Male]

Common Crossbill [Female]

Common Crossbill [Female]

Blackbird [Female]

Nuthatch [Adult]

Nuthatch [Adult]

Hawfinch [Female]

Hawfinch [Female]

Hawfinch [Female]

Slimbridge WWT 8th January 2019

We started the new year with a visit to Slimbridge WWT. A couple of Coots were fighting over feeding territory. In the Rushy Pen were a few Common Teal, Black-headed Gulls, Pintails & a Dunlin. Then to the Martin Smith Hide, where a Common Snipe was showing well out in the open before flying to back of the reeds. A Water Rail walked & swam past briefly in front of the hide. The Jack Snipe, that had been there since November 2018 was still and showing well feeding with it's bobbing gait. A pair of Pintail swam past in front of the hide. At the Willow Hide, we had the regular sighting of the Water Rail. This is the first time though, that we had seen 3 birds at the same time. Afterwards we headed back home as Dad had work to do. But it was a lovely couple of hours out.


Common Snipe

Jack Snipe

Coot [Pair]

Water Rail [Adult]

Water Rail [Adult]

Water Rail [Adult]

Pintail [Pair]

Water Rails