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There are lots of fledgling birds all over the forest at the moment, and lots of nests still being tended. This juvenile Hawfinch was photographed earlier this week. More to come from this individual, as well as some of the adult birds. Hawfinches are closely associated with oak-hornbeam high forest and mature beech, ash and elm woods, where a variety of trees and shrubs provide year-round feeding. Mature orchards and parkland are also used although heavily grazed woodland is usually avoided. They are largely absent from west Britain other than the Forest of Dean, which may reflect climate constraints.