A very pleasant visit to Arne today started with great views of a pair of Green Woodpecker 400 yards from the car park entrance. One of the birds flew onto a small tree 100 yards from the car.
A nice walk produced lots of small birds with many baby Great Tits and Wrens. Usual large herd of Sika Deer on the reserve.
This was about our sixth or seventh visit to Arne one of our favourite reserves but we had never seen its star bird the Dartford Warbler there until today. We took a second walk (Coombe Hill) and found a group of Dartford's some distance from the pathway, but at least managed pictures with the aid of some tight cropping.