Trip reports

Wareham Forest and Morden Bog

Dartford warbler perching on heather
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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

On a pleasant day weatherwise, 17 of us set out from Sherford Bridge and walked slowly alongside the river. There were a few of the expected common species such as Chaffinch, Jackdaw and various tits plus a pair of Yellowhammers though the latter proved elusive for most of us. Some of the group saw a Goldcrest and a pair of Stonechat. We heard Chiffchaffs calling and one showed itself. We didn't bother to look at Morden Lake as the track to it was blocked off. Out on the open heath a pair of Buzzards passed overhead, a flock of Linnet were flying around, a pair of Stonechat were perched on the gorse and, like many of sightings during the day, a Dartford Warbler showed itself briefly to just a few of us. We glimpsed a few Siskin flitting around the tops of the pines but no Crossbill were evident. We ate our lunch at the derelict cottage where we heard a Goldcrest and Nuthatch calling and saw Robin, Blackbird, Goldfinch and a Brimstone.
In the afternoon, a Dartford popped up briefly in the gorse, we saw a few more Stonechats and a Kestrel hovered in the distance. We heard a Green Woodpecker waffling and, eventually, most of us had reasonable views of another Dartford Warbler. After quite a trek around to the south of the Old Decoy Pond those who continued on had a good view of one of our target species, a Woodlark. A Great Spotted Woodpecker sat up on a distant tree and on our way back to the start point, a Sparrowhawk flew over and a pair of Meadow Pipits and some Pied Wagtails were feeding around the cattle.
Between us we saw or heard a total of 31 species during the day, but overall sightings were disappointingly sparse.