Monday, 27 May 2013

New Forest

27 May - A very successful morning on the northern edge of the New Forest before the fine weather broke. first stop Acres Down raptor viewpoint, where a Goshawk flew over and returned with prey, and then my main target appeared - a male Honey Buzzard (2) with typical flat wing profile, which displayed right overhead with sky-dancing and then glided off to the north. Very smart with dark carpal patches, barred tail, a small head profile and very distinctive compared with Common Buzzards that were also in the air. Also at Acres Down - singing Tree Pipit, Woodlark, a brief perched Hawfinch and a singing Cuckoo. A walk at Hampton Ridge before returning home finally produced a singing Dartford Warbler - and very obliging too, photos 3-7 - numbers of these special birds appear to be well down after the freezing winter and spring temperatures. Ps - The Kestrel I saw this afternoon was my 8th raptor species of the weekend......Peregrine, Hobby, Kestrel, Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Buzzard and Honey Buzzard.

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