Sunday, 6 June 2010

The New Forest

Our latest RSPB trip was a visit to the New Forest.

I didn't get any bird photos, but we were loving this young foal.

First stop was Bealieau Road station, where singing Crossbills and Goldcrest in the Pines gave us hope that today was going to be a good birding day.
It did turn out that way but not through the amount of birds seen.
Walking across the Heath, two or three Hobbies flew around and we found several Stonechat, one of the group saw a Dartford Warbler, but it wasn't me.
Following a tip-off we made our way into the woods in search of a Wood Warbler, and en-route discovered a fantastic pair of Redstart that were feeding young.
The tip-off proved correct and we soon heard the un-mistakeable sound of a singing male Wood Warbler. He was calling constantly and finally we were rewarded with excellent views of this cracking bird. A first in Britain for me.

In the afternoon we moved on to Acres Down. In all probability a bit late in the day, as we heard that we had missed a fly-over Honey Buzzard by 15 minutes and a perched Goshawk by 30 minutes.
Common Buzzards were the best we could muster, and walking around the Gorse more Stonechats, Meadow Pipits and a pair of Bullfinch were seen.

All in all not a great variety of birds seen today, but great to finally catch up with a Wood Warbler.

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