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28th March 2019 – Forest of Dean

 

 

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The English language is full of weather lore and the  proverb that says that “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” has certainly been true this year: today was another superb day with wall to wall sunshine and plenty of warmth in the sun.

The adders in The Forest of Dean (where I went with a birding friend) made the most of it and came out to bask in the sun. We also saw a slow worm and a common lizard but not too many birds (except for a distant goshawk).

DSCF9479Adder

DSCF9481Adder

DSCF94632 Adders

DSCF94742 Adders

DSCF9427Slow worms

DSCF9526Common Lizard

DSCF9539Common Lizard

DSCF9536Common Lizard

DSCF9502Common Lizard

My friend, who has a good knowledge of the area, showed me all the different birding spots but I think I had a jinx on him and I returned home with not too much editing to do. Nonetheless, we had some good walks through the beautiful forest and I came home richer for the experience.

DSCF9436Song thrush

DSCF9439Song thrush

DSCF9446Wren

DSCF9449Nuthatch

DSCF9452Coal tit

DSCF9454Chaffinch

DSCF9458Chaffinch

DSCF9554Nuthatch

DSCF9559Blue tit

DSCF9570Robin

DSCF9574Great tit

DSCF9434Not quite The New Forest

 

 

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