Today was bright and sunny and also frosty, which makes for some good photos and also means it is firm underfoot.
Crab Tree hill was my first stop, always hoping to see the Great Grey Shrike. First of all though I came across a group of small brown jobs and I am fairly sure this is a female Reed Bunting.
Next was a bit easier with its red forehead and this is a Redpoll. There are two types and I am not sure I can tell them apart but this should be a Lesser Redpoll as opposed to a Mealy Redpoll, because the later are only found along the East coast and the Forest of Dean certainly isn’t that.
As I went up Crab Tree hill I was blessed with some good views of the Shrike, fairly high up in some willows but with a bit of overexposure I got some reasonable shots.
I roamed around as you do and saw the Shrike in the distance several more times also a Tree creeper but no decent shots and eventually I headed off to look for a Dipper.
My destination was Wenchford picnic site. No Dipper and no wenches! but an obliging Grey Wagtail.
Also a brief encounter with a Long-tailed Tit.
On my way back I stopped off at Parkend and saw the Hawfinches.
However my best shot of the day was I think this female Blackbird.