I've just spent a fantastic weekend in the New Forest as part of a guided bird and wildlife weekend. I didn't think anything could compare bird wise to Norfolk, but I was so so wrong. This place just hits all the spots, and in spades.
I think a lot has to do with visiting the right places (as is always the case) and this is where I landed on my feet, with an expert guide in trees, birds, plants, insects and much much more. John's knowledge was at times breathtaking. It made finding things a lot easier and not just that, identifying them too.
One of my many lifers on this trip was the usually elusive Firecrest. A tiny bird similar to the Goldcrest, but in my opinion, much better. It was quite bizarre, by the end of the day I was a bit blasé about them. There were that many about. Oh look, there's another one.
Take a look at this little beauty.