About Me

I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Saturday 3rd. March SWW Trip to The New Forest

Just like last year the day started with Fog and rain but by 9.30am the sky brightened, it took a while for things to get going but after several Common Buzzards had put in an appearance we were treated to 2 Male and 1 Female Goshawk over the trees.


Too distant this year for a photo, this from 2011
Also seen several Redwings and an Alba Pied Wagtail as we headed back to the car.



Alba Pied Wagtail
 At Ibsley 4 Bewicks, 1Whooper were amoungst the Mute Swans


Although distant it was good to compare all three together

Blashford Lakes - Ibsley Water, Peregrine, 40 plus Goosanders, 3 Black-necked Grebes all distant.
Goosander


In ront of the hides close views of Goldeneye and Little Grebe
Goldeneye

Little Grebe
 Blashford Lakes - Visitor Centre Woodland Hide on the feeders, Redpolls, Siskins, Chaffinches, Blue, Great, Coal Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, and 1 suspect Redpoll.

Siskins and Redpolls

Nuthatch

Suspect Redpoll
The one way glass prevented bright shots. There was one opening window hogged by photographers but I managed to jump in for a few shots.

Chaffinch

Greenfinch


Siskin
 Blashford Lakes - Ivy lake, we were treated to a glimpse of a Bittern through the crowd and the trees.





Bittern (heavily cropped)
Finally we went on to see the Dark-eyed Junco as several of the group hadn't, it wasn't long before he appeared at the pile of seed left for him.




 
Leaving the forest at 5.00pm another brilliant day birding

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