Well Winter certainly feels a long time ago. Today Jo and I headed to the New Forest to try and see another one of my top ten list, the Firecrest. We thought that this would actually be pretty tough, as not only are they pretty small but they are normally only around from April onwards so we may have been too early.
In reality, this couldn’t have been further from the truth. I should probably add here that we prepared for finding them by playing what their birdsong sounded like using an app from the iTunes store. Misty (Jo’s family cat) got very interested in my iPad when the Firecrest came on and so it stuck in both of our heads.
We sat down at the first bench we came to and heard the same noise, so we just enjoyed the sun and waited for them to appear. When he did we got to see him for a good ten minutes, and they really are a damn funky bird. The Mohican just looks cool and if I was a bird then one of these would be near the top of my list.
In total we must have seen about 8 of them and I’m pretty sure that Jo enjoyed it as much as I did, I’m sure that she will blog on it later.
Also worth a mention is my first chiff chaff of the year (followed by another 6)
All in all a brilliant day especially with the weather, I hope you are all getting out and enjoying the weather, I’m still waiting for some of you to come birding with me/us (Toby!)