Monday, 6 February 2012


Dark-eyed Junco Hawkhill Enclosure

A day out and about around the New Forest thanks to the generous company of Sharon O'Reilly who I first met on the October ringing course at Eccles, East Norfolk.

After a picturesque morning drive through the frost covered heaths, we arrived at Hawkhill enclosure, where after a relatively short wait, the Dark eyed Junco showed at close range feeding on the seed that had been put out that morning. An excellent support cast was provided by a flock of six Woodlark, numerous Crossbills, singing and displaying from the nearby pines, and a mixed herd of Sika Deer which crossed the path into the open clearing.

Spanish Sparrow Calshot

After failing to find the Sparrow mid morning we returned in the afternoon, where it was located along the main road opposite the entrance to Calshot Close, staying in the hedge untill at least 16:30, roosting on its own amongst a section of Ivy covered Hawthorn.

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