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.
A 5.30am start to be in the forest at 8.30, a quick look from the road for Dartfords at Boulderwood was unsuccesful. However from the car park Paul heard a Wood Warbler (our target) and within minutes we were watching.
From here a walk around the woods turned up Gold Crest and a couple of Firecrests a further search for Dartfords proved fruitless so we moved to Acres Down where Common Buzaard were seen and 3 but distant Goshawks. On to Beaulieu road station. Here we found the Dartford Warbler my second target species.
Over the heath a couple of Hobby were hunting
Also Stonechat and a Willow Warbler singing
In the woods several Redstarts both male and female, all the Tits, more Hobbys over the heath again and finally a couple of Wood Larks.
4.00 pm headed for home another good day in the bag bringing this years total species to 200.