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|Tuesday 24th April 2012, 20:23||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: WAKEFIELD, UK
raptor watchpoint in New Forest
My in-laws are spending a week in the New Forest next month.
My father-in-law would like to see Honey Buzzard - is there a raptor watchpoint in the New Forest where he may stand a chance of seeing this species?
In addition, is there a reliable site for Firecrest - another species he would like to connect with whilst down there.
Thanks in advance
|Tuesday 24th April 2012, 21:35||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Banbury, Oxfordshire
Acres Down is a good watchpoint and is listed in the where to watch birds book. I went once but didn't see Honey Buzzard.
|Wednesday 25th April 2012, 06:57||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2008
From what I read Firecrests are now fairly common in the New forest.
Probably worth going to
and searching for recent sightings
e..g 15/04 5 singing at Exbury Gardens
I would look in the Boldrewood / Highland Water area perhaps parking by the Canadian War Memorial SU240093.
I expect that walking around Acres Down would also bring Firecrest.
Paul, Rownhams, Hants
|Wednesday 25th April 2012, 11:42||#4|
The inland seawatcher
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Surrey/W. Sussex/Hants border
Firecrest is common in the New Forest, wherever there are Hollies. But, unless you know thier song and calls, they are elusive.
I agree that Acres Down near Lyndhurst is the place to go, where in good conditions, Honey Buzzard and Goshawk can be seen. Firecrest are also in the surrounding woodlands (along with Lesser Spot, Wood Warbler, Redstart etc.).
There is a more reliable site for raptors in the forest, but its not widely publicised.
Acres Down is here:
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