Headed to the Forest of Dean, for Hawfinch, Crossbill and Great Grey Shrike, first stop was the Hawfinch, as we parked car we saw a young lad with a telescope so Dave went and spoke to him and he had a Hawfinch in Telescope so Dave called me over for me too look, amazing it was sitting in a tree and such clear views through scope such a lovely bird, so lucky that lad was there because we waited around after that and never saw any more.
We then headed just a couple of minutes down the road to the Forest for Crossbill, we managed to see quite a lot but they kept flying about but had nice views through bins there such lovely colors stunning.
Then we walked further into the woods to look for more Crossbill, was troddling along, Dave in front when all of a sudden Dave shouted Wild Boar and then followed by a grunt grunt from the Boar not Dave lol :) I was scared stiff, and it ran but then stopped and turned I thought it was coming back to attack us but then we saw all these little piglets emerge from under tree, more and more just kept appearing they were so cute and little stripy and adorable, they run and must of hid somewhere, I just stood there gobsmacked me and Dave were very happy bunnies :) also in the mix of all this a Woodcock flew up and off lovely brown color and so pleased as I had wanted to see one for awhile.
We then went to look for the Great Grey Shrike which I was very excited about as I had seen Dave's photos before and thought how beautiful it looked.
Dave soon located it he really is amazing, it was quite distant at first but we walked round closer and the bird also came closer, beautiful views in scope, such a striking bird I fell in love with it straightaway managed to get a few photos with a little help from my lovely boyfriend :)