Went to Aust Warth first, after the very high tides, i was surprised not to see NO cars. The road was flooded but passable. I had 2, possibly 3 Twite, lots of Reed Buntings, a pair of Stonechats and a couple each of Dunnock and Meadow Pipits. I set up my camera, using the car as a hide, and began photographing the Buntings, waiting for the Twite. The Twite were still out of camera range, but gradually getting closer, when a car drove along and parked in front of mine. Shit, i thought, thats the end of that....but i was wrong, nothing flew off! Twite still getting closer, brilliant. Then, the driver decided to turn his engine over, but not start it up, for no reason......THEY ARE GONE!!!!!!!!! Then to add insult, he got out walked up to me and asked if the Twite were about, NOT ANYMORE mate!!!
Decided Forest of Dean was as good a bet as any, for rest of the day, especially as you can bird from the car, if necessary, when it rains, and it will!
As it turns out it was not a bad decision. At Parkend we parked up and just waited. In and under the Yew trees there, were Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, a Treecreeper and finally a Hawfinch (a male). Then a female too. Two other cars joined us there, and disappeared, then one came back.....bit of a theme here. At least i managed some photos of what i wanted this time!
There were also some Redwings and a few of Mistle Thrushes in the area too.
At least the Hawfinches cheered the day up slightly.