Don't know what that 'headlines' got to do with anything but just the first,
and a very good song that came to mind - I hope mine isn't!By comparison with most just lately the weather today was 'no bad' so thought worth a walk in the (black) forest. Not that there is anything 'black' about the New Forest but the headline just fits! A number of prospective additions to the Year List but being in Hampshire none to add to the Country tally. Knowing the traits of overwintering wildfowl, it is usual that once they find a favoured spot they are likely to stay put?
the Ferrugenous Duck, seen in December at Kingfisher Lake (left
of map), may still be there but without report.
Then, no more than a whisper from my Chief Informant that it had been seen at the east side of the lake spurred me to take a look. Despite the (Wiki) photo, to show what we are on about, nothing was seen of the Duck and very little of the Lake as the vegetation is so dense the water is hardly viewable.
Reports of Parrot Crossbill at this site in the New Forest was a real temptation, supposedly favouring the Scots Pines to the north east of the car park. Remembering the 10 attempts, without success, to see this elusive visitor from the north the determination set in. A full hour without a Crossbill of any description, or a 'birder' for that matter was when the only rain shower of the day arrived. Seeking shelter, there was a chap with a telescope who directed me to a flock of
among which there were c2
confined to the canopy and very flighty!
Nest stop the
trees from around the world. Here, as sure as birding can be a
small flock of
Also a good site for
just a single was hard work to locate but eventually committed to the log.
Continuing the 100% record Sheila, don't remember ever 'dipping' here?
Good job the best part of this Post was tacked together this morning during the 30 minutes or so the Internet was working. Things have gone almost 'totally' pear-shaped here on that front, and it was only by coincidence and the Kind Fairy that anything was published at all, so can only say we'll bring you a Post when we can.
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