Trip reports

Visit to The New Forest

Male redstart perched on branch

Sunday, 27 April 2008

The ensemble disembarked at Pig Bush car park after picking up extra passengers at Beaulieu Road Station; two of our Group were holidaying in the area.

We chose to do the Bishop's Dyke walk and one of the first birds encountered was a grey wagtail closely followed by nuthatch, treecreeper, an elusive pair of redstart, and stonechat.
The heathland provided nesting raven, cuckoo, good views of whinchat and fallen trees provided a perfect picnic spot. Appetites satisfied, the walk through Denny Wood was very muddy after the recent storm, the footpath already churned up by the ponies, was quite a struggle.

A wood warbler soon took our minds off the heavy-going, giving a virtuoso display, its whole body resonating to its song.

Back at Beaulieu Road Station car park Mark's quest for dartford warbler proved fruitless but we were adequately compensated by families of crossbills busily feeding on the fir cones above our heads. A perfect end to the day.

Peter & Lesley Berrill