Thursday, 5 May 2016

New Forest & South Hampshire birding holiday

 Just back from a few day's birding and wildlife exploring around the coastline of Southampton in Hampshire and the New Forest. A fantastic few day's exploring a large variety of stunning habitat's from wetland to heathland, coastal marshes to canals. A great array of birds seen with over 100 species recorded over the 4 day's. Mammal's seen were quite impressive with Roe & Fallow Deer, Rabbit, Hare, Fox, Weasel, Water Vole and Water Shrew all recorded.
This brief post just shows a selection of the few day's highlight's and the area's they were seen at.

Farlington Marshes:
Whimbrel
Little Ringed Plover
Ring Ouzel
Spotted Flycatcher
Garden Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Weasel & Water Shrew!!!!!

Titchfield Haven:
Hobby
Marsh Harrier
Reed Warbler
Cuckoo
Garganey
Common, Little, Arctic, Sandwich & Black Tern!!
Arctic Skua
Mediterranean Gull
Whinchat

Posbrook Meadows
Garganey
Black Tern
Vast numbers of common warblers eg: Sedge, Reed, Willow Warbler and plenty of hirundines over head 100+Swift and 500+Swallow!!!

New Forest:
Dartford Warbler
Woodlark
Tree Pipit
Hawfinch
Lesser spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Hobby
Redstart
Cuckoo
Firecrest

Spent a few hours out on Salisbury plain on way to Hampshire and had a male Montagu's Harrier flying over a field close to my car as I drove past!! Also found several Bustard's on the plains!!

A great few day's birding at some stunning location's. Will be back soon again in the near future.

The New Forest
One of several Dartford Warbler seen across the heathland-New Forest

Plenty of Redstart's in the ancient oak woodlands-New Forest
One of 10 Water Vole's seen at undisclosed site in Hampshire
Reed Warbler-Titchfield Haven
Summer plumaged Med Gulls flying overhead at Titchfield Haven
Little Egret-Titchfield Haven
Little Tern-Titchfield Haven NNR
Summer plumaged Turnstone-Southampton

Spotted Flycatcher-Farlington Marshes (Fresh in off the sea!!!)
Will do another blog post with more images from the New Forest birding soon.






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