Tuesday, 19 November 2013
New Forest area (17/11/2013)
A scan of the solent revealed 3 very distant Shags feeding together and a Great Northern Diver. There were also a lot of Red-breasted Mergansers. I then had a chat with a nearby birder who had been looking at the Long-billed Dowitcher. I then made my way over to scan for it, but suddenly all the ducks and waders got flushed and had a 10 second view of the dowitcher swimming amongst the Teal before it took off and flew to the back of the pool where it wasn't visible.
After waiting for a long time I made a decision to try and see it from the other side of the pond. All the waders flew up and luckily the dowitcher flew back onto the pond where it gave great views on the pond.
I then made my way back to Keyhaven and drove to Lepe. I paid my £2 for the car park and made my way to the pond where the Lesser Yellowlegs was showing nicely. Also on the pond were at least 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls.
I then made an "on the offchance" visit to Rhinefield enclosure where after spotting a couple of Siskins, I found a solitary Hawfinch in the tops of the pines.
On the way out 8 Crossbills flew over.