Monday, 23 April 2018

Ten Red Kites & More Migrants - On Forest.

Red Kite - New Forest - April 2018
Friday 20th April

The forecast was just right for one of those "view-point - sky watching" days looking for flyovers, I took it easy and arrived on site at 09.30, target for the day "Red Kite". The sun and warmth was hitting early and a heat haze was present straight away. 

Two Red Kites early on was a great start and throughout the morning a total of ten were logged, this came with a group of seven together thermaling over-head with a singleton later on, all coming from and going on the same direction of south-west. This is the my second highest count on Forest after a count of fourteen mid May 2009. 

As the hours passed a few other bits were logged including, 3 Redstarts, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, Gos, Spar, Common Buzzard, Woodlarks, Lapwings, Curlews, Wheatears, Hawfinch's, Dartford Warbler. 

A walk up and through Black Gutter and on to Leaden Hall produced the four Wheatears and an extra Redstart for the day.

5 of the group of 7 Red Kites - New Forest - April 2018

Common Buzzard - 1 of 8 thermalling together in one group was observed today and with the weather gave it that Med raptor migration feeling - New Forest - April 2018


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