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JHudson
Wednesday 18th July 2012, 12:37
Hi there, I'm visiting he New Forest this weekend and I'm hoping for some advice on the best locations for the following birds.
Nightjar - are they still displaying at this time of year?
Honey Buzzard - best general area to see them
Dartford Warbler - best location now they are much depleted
Best locations for any other specialities that could reasonably be expected at this time of year.
All help much appreciated.
Thank you

lewis20126
Wednesday 18th July 2012, 12:58
For Dartford Warbler, I would recommend walking from Keyhaven to Lymington along the coastal path with a particular focus on the eastern end (Oxey Marsh). They have hung on the coast in better numbers than in the Forest proper in my experience.

cheers, alan

Tri-Counties Birder
Wednesday 18th July 2012, 13:04
Nightjars are not quite displaying, but they should still be pretty active, and this may well include churring. Any heathland area has them.

Acres Down near Lyndhurst is your best bet for HB, but they are difficult to see at the best of times, and I'm afraid July is not the best of times!

Farnboro John
Tuesday 31st July 2012, 20:54
I spent a whole morning at Acres Down and had not a sniff of Honey Buzzard. Idid have a cracking Red Kite and a huge female Goshawk (not at the same time!) plus a few Buzzards and a Hobby. I heard in the afternoon that HBs have been knocked sideways by the awful early summer weather.

John

John Cantelo
Tuesday 31st July 2012, 21:28
Most odd to read this site being openly discussed as way back when I was birding in Hampshire (1960s/early 70s) the old guard were incredibly secretive about this site. They turned up once when we were there and I swear they spent as much time glowering at us as they did looking for HB. When one did fly over they pretended it didn't exist and were most discombobulated when my old friend Phil asked then if they had seen the Honey Buzzard! Mind you, I suspect that they'd find the idea of seeing Goshawk and Red Kite there equally amazing. I'm down in the county this w/e - perhaps I'll take a look,

pdwinter
Wednesday 1st August 2012, 07:10
I'm down in the county this w/e - perhaps I'll take a look,

I think I'd wait until september and then sit on your spanish roof terrace!

John Cantelo
Wednesday 1st August 2012, 11:17
I think I'd wait until september and then sit on your spanish roof terrace!

Only seen one Goshawk from the terrace so the NF may give me a better chance!