I had planned to spend today looking for, watching and hopefully photographing Wood Warblers. I did have a little look for them last weekend but didn't give it that long and so this morning was all about the Warblers.
Every spring during late May, Steve B and myself spend a weekend in the forest catching up the New Forest Summer Selection Specialities and we always spend time looking for Wood Warblers of which we usually score but numbers are dramatically down within the Forest during recent years and so today was a good sign with 2 individuals singing & announcing their arrival. A 3rd bird was also seen within the vicinity.
I did check for any colour ringed individuals but none were noted today but who knows? maybe some might pass through the area on route to northern climes.
This is the first time I have had the opportunity to photograph Wood Warblers and so I am half happy with the results but they are very mobile at times and when up high can be very tricky to get decent light in the shot
Another good day in the forest with Wood Warblers taking the league leaders position and Firecrest dropping down in to second position. Redstarts were present but remained elusive every time the camera was ready. Coal Tits, Tree Creepers, Siskins & Crossbills all added to the mix with Common Buzzards passing over head from time to time.
Below shows one of the Firecrest shots from today.