A few minutes later we were watching a male swan lovingly mimic his mates movements until her tail went up and he was able to show the world how much he cared!
We were in Hampshire to see the Dark-eyed Junco -
Enclosure in the New Forest and joined a small group
Then it was off to see the Spanish Sparrow.
I saw a number of these last October on Fuerteventura ... a long way from Calshot. This one was in the middle of a housing estate. A young woman had been feeding the birds and noticed a strange sparrow. It is a stunning bird. He looks magnificent in his breeding plummage . Such a shame.
Before heading home on Wednesday we took a two hour detour to see a Common Yellowthroat. The rain began as we crossed the toll bridge into Wales. We found the field and joined thirteen birders prepared to brave the elements for a view of this little North American warbler. We waited two and a half hours in the wind and horizontal rain. We had dipped out so we headed home. It was a disappointed man who drove me back. He is even more disappointed now because I found this blog from a man who saw the bird just thirty minutes after we left!
DALE FARM GUEST HOUSE
|Dale Farm Guest House, Dibden|
|Old bridge at Blandford Forum|
|River Stour Blandford|
|Robin in the New Forest|