3-4th June 2016
Had a fun couple of days with my dear friend Micky Avenell. Micky was over from Australia and we took advantage to do a little birding. Firstly, I took Micky to see the Peregrine Falcons that were breeding on the Export House (the old BAT) in Woking. Next we popped into WWF to see my wife Lori before heading to Thursley Common for a little Heathland birding. Here we got some cracking views of some of the specialties including Micky's lifer Dartford Warbler! Other species of note included: Curlew, Cuckoo, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whitethroat, Stonechat, Redstart, Tree Pipit and Linnet. A quick stop down Tannery Lane in Send produced a Little Owl hiding in a pollarded Willow. After catching up with another of our old friends Paddy Clarke, we headed to Chobham Common where we got crippling views of 3 roding Woodcock and 5 Nightjar!
The following morning we had an early start and headed east to the famous RSPB Reserve - Minsmere! Here we tallied about 70 species including wonderful views of Bittern and a Great Spotted Woodpecker nest!