A ‘leisure’ day out in the New Forest, in cold overcast weather, still allowed Fliss and I to enjoy the shapes of the knarled old trees and the lovely wood pastures of Denny Wood, one of the best deciduous woodlands we have left. We enjoyed several marsh tits as well as a chorus of common woodland species.
13:45: Yew Tree Heath, New Forest, Hampshire (50.858782, -1.478492)
Dartford warblers, like most birds, occupy a dual habitat – in their case, where stands of gorse meet open heather. Sure enough, a male was here to greet us today. Within the New Forest, Dartfords are common birds, with over 600 pairs across this mosaic landscape. Several further walks in the New Forest didn’t yield much in the way of birds in cold, rainy conditions.