I took a day trip to the Forest of Dean on Sunday with some friends. It was another lovely blue sky day. We went for usual target species that can be found there at this time of year. At New Fancy View we saw a Goshawk sitting in a tree and then giving a brief flight, but no displaying. Our next place to stop didn't have a very attractive name (Boys Grave), but there we had stunning views of a Great Grey Shrike perched on top of a tree in full sunshine. These are such charismatic birds!
Our next stop was a Brierley where was watched a pair of Hawfinches again typically perched at the top of a tree. Also here we had a beautiful male Brambling, a pair of Marsh Tits and their much rarer cousin, a Willow Tit.Our last stop was at Cannop Ponds where we had lovely close views of these Mandarin Ducks. What cracking birds!