February 2018

24th. Forest of Dean. There is a tame wild boar at the car park NE of Speech House. It is being fed by visitors. The great grey shrike was on Crabtree Hill, and a hawfinch flew over. Other birds included hawfinch and dipper at Parkend, mandarins on Cannop Ponds, though no goshawks seen from New Fancy.

wild boar

wild boar

wild boar

wild boar

wild boar

19th. Barn owl along the Long Ashton bypass, near the new link road roundabout.

18th. Peregrine on a nest in Bristol, arrived with a second bird.

17th. Florie put up 2 jack snipe in a soggy field near Watercress Farm.

16th. Ham Wall. An impressive starling murmuration. Many birds landed in a tree-line for a short while, before descending into the reed bed.

starlings

starlings

starlings

starlings

12th. Marshfield - at least 30 corn buntings, yellowhammer, 200+ linnets, 5 stock doves, at least 2 ravens, 2 stonechat, about 10 red-legged partridges and nice flocks of fieldfares.

Marshfield

linnets

corn buntiings

red-legged partridges

3rd - Slimbridge. Photos below of Bewick's swan, greylag geese, sparrowhawk, jackdaws and brown rat.

Bewick's swan

greylags

sparrowhawk

jackdaws

brown rat

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