Monday, 22 December 2008
For the first time in many weeks, had a proper day out birding with Colin.
The day started at Lymington where the Red Breasted Goose was back for another winter. We had not seen it earlier in the year so thought it would make a nice end to the year. Did not expect it to be so easy to find-only a few minutes from the car park and there it was among the Brent Geese and numerous Dunlin. All the others that I have seen have been distant and often elusive, so this one made a nice change.
Called in at Beauly Road Station in the New Forest just in case a few Woodlark or Dartford Warblers were around, instead found a superb male Hen Harrier. Rather distant, we watched it hunt over the heat for around half an hour.
We ended the day at Newbury failing to see the American Wigeon that had been present on and off. Unfortunately, there are a large number of lakes and pits in the area, and the one we visited had so many bays and islands hidden by scrub, it could have beensleeping out of view.