Trip to Pamber Forest

On Tuesday 16th May 2023 eight of us met up at Pamber Forest near Tadley on a lovely sunny morning to walk round Silchester Common and Pamber Forest looking for birds. On the common, after hearing a number of warbler species we could not see, we found a family of Stonechats in the gorse, they like sitting on the tops of bushes so we had good views of them. Nearby a pair of Linnets called and showed themselves briefly. Eventually we did see a Willow Warbler after hearing a few singing earlier in our walk, they are becoming increasing rare in the south but more common up north which is put down to climate change. On the edge of the forest a pair of Mistle Thrushes were busy collecting food for their young back at their nest and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was also feeding on the ground which is not so normal for this species of woodpecker. In the depths of the Forest we saw a couple of Song Thrushes, a singing Goldcrest and the highlight for many a Cuckoo calling in the distance. A nice morning walk and we recorded about 30 species of bird.