Trip reports

Visit to New Forest

Visit to New Forest
Redstart [Photo: Kevin Groocock]

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Pete the driver dropped us off at Pig Bush car park on Beaulieu Road and we took the path towards Bishop's Dyke. A stonechat, and a cuckoo in flight were spotted as soon as we emerged from the belt of woodland. After crossing Halfpenny Green and glimpsing a passing swallow we entered Rowbarrow. Here we heard blackcap, willow warbler, chiffchaff, and a curlew passing overhead. We also encountered several redstart. In the open heath parallel to Bishop's Dyke we watched a pair of Dartford warbler in a hawthorn which caused great excitement among the group as this was a 'lifer' for some of the members. Lesley heard the song of a woodlark and we managed to find it perched in the top branches of a small tree.

Lunch was taken after crossing the railway and entering Denny Wood Inclosure giving some of the fleeter footed members of the group chance to retrace their steps and bag the Darties and woodlark. Green woodpecker was heard and the great spotted was traced momentarily passing through the treetops. Goldcrest and coal tit could be clearly heard although not so clearly seen!

Moving on towards Woodfidley Passage we encountered the Brighton and District Local Group watching a splendid cock redstart. They also put us on to a small flock of crossbill and siskin feeding high in the conifers before they continued their walk.
Little egret, mallard, gadwall and lapwing frequented a small marshy pool.

We took the shorter route back to our coach at Beaulieu Road Station logging goldfinch, stonechat, pied wagtail, meadow pipit, linnet and a whitethroat.

As the day began with a raptor it ended thus, with a red kite circling low over Chieveley Services car park

Peter and Lesley Berrill