We started our walk down along Dowles Drook where we connected with a large Tit flock that included 2 Marsh Tits, a Coal Tit and Goldcrest, as well as good numbers of Blue Tits, Great Tits and Long-Tailed Tits. A Nuthatch was also heard calling from this wooded area. Further along the Dowles brook we had great views of Dipper (which kept flying every time I was about to take a photo...so Ive attached one I took last year).
We arrived at Lodge Hill Farm about mid-day and spent a good hour or so scanning for the Hawfinches but had no joy...ah well another day. We did however get good views of 2 Bramblings which are always a pleasure to see.
Also of note during the visit to the forest were a Common Buzzard, a Raven and a number of Jays. Another Marsh Tit was seen near the car park at Dry Mill Lane.
Brambling - Lodge Hill Farm, 5th Jan 2011:
Dipper - Dowles Brook, 2010: