Pallas's Warbler at Portesham in Dorset.
I have seen some really great photos of the wintering Pallas's Warbler in Dorset on twitter and thought i would go and have a look myself when i did my annual trip to the New Forest .
So last Thursday the 17th March i headed to Portesham in Dorset and made my way around to the disused railway area where the bird has been seen from , well it didn't long before this delightful bird made an appearance . All wing bars , head stripes and constant movement as this little gem moved through the trees & bushes.
Lovely Yellow rump.
Central crown stripe.
Double wing bars & broad supercillium.
Striking head pattern.
I watched this stunning bird for well over an hour and had some cracking views , my photos don't really do the bird justice and if you have never seen one before i would recommend you take the trip to see this one.
Dartford Warbler at Acres Down in the New Forest.
On my way back from Dorset i called into Acres Down in the New Forsest and had superb views of a Dartford Warbler , which was singing it's heart out .
Little white feathers on it's throat.
I did my normal stake out in the hope of seeing Goshawk , however it was quite hazy & slightly misty which didn't bode well for raptor watching , however i did see at least 3 Common Buzzards and after a couple of hours i eventually saw a distant Goshawk , great views through the scope but to far to attempt a photo .
Record shot of a Goshawk taken in 2015.
I decided i would head back towards my car and search for Firecrest around the car park , however as i was making my way along the path i saw 2 Woodlarks .
1 of 2 Woodlarks.
Really pleased to see these smart birds , i had no luck with the Firecrest but did see plenty of Siskins & Coal Tits plus i added a Red Kite going over the M3 on my way home !!