Saturday, 21 January 2012

Hampshire Again! - 20.1.12

Male Crossbill and 2 pics of the Dark-Eyed Junco and the Shorelark.

After a quiet week in Cassiobury Park with only the usual suspects being seen another day in Hampshire was called for to try and clear up on the birds i'd not had chance to see the week before. As i'd already seen the Spanish Sparrow I decided to not go for it again! Hayling Island was first port of call with Langstone Harbour notching up 8 year ticks including a hunting Peregrine. Next stop was the oyster beds where the star bird was a Shorelark crouching down on the shingle island keeping out the wind. Also seen were 3 Black-Necked Grebes, Red-Breasted Mergansers and a Rock Pipit. After there the village of Warblington was the next destination where a Cattle Egret was seen feeding in a field just West of the church with 2 Little Egrets. The New Forest was the next stop where at least one pair of Crossbills kept the wait for the main bird a bit more interesting! After an hours wait the male Dark-Eyed Junco appeared and posed long enough for me to get a couple of fairly good photos. Another Peregrine flew through as did a Sparrowhawk which probably didnt help the Junco appearing any quicker! Finally 11 Golden Plover flew over the M25 at Maple Cross on the way home taking my year list to 92 species.

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