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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

Check around the church­yard for a win­ter­ing Black­cap among the com­mon tits and Gold­crests, plus singing Mis­tle Thrush. Nearby farm­land of­ten at­tracts finches and buntings, in­clud­ing Yel­lowham­mer and Bullfinch in hedgerows, along with Red­wings and Field­fares. A good area for Kestrel and Spar­rowhawk, Red-legged Par­tridge, Sky Lark, Meadow Pipit and per­haps an early Wheatear.

12BushWood har­bours com­mon res­i­dent species in­clud­ing Great Spot­ted and Green Wood­peck­ers, Tawny Owl, Jay, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Long-tailed and Coal Tits, plus mi­grant Black­cap and Chif­fchaff and per­haps win­ter­ing Siskin or red­poll. Look for soar­ing Buz­zard, Spar­rowhawk and Red Kite.

The farm­land on top of the downs may at­tract pass­ing Lap­wings or a grounded flock of Com­mon Gulls, plus Sky Lark, Stock Dove, corvids, finches and buntings. Check the golf course for Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wag­tail, Red­wing, Field­fare and Mis­tle Thrush, Green Wood­pecker, Stonechat and par­tridges.

3Copses hold com­mon wood­land birds in­clud­ing Chif­fchaff, Black­cap, Jay, Tawny Owl, Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Nuthatch and Treecreeper. Pad­docks and arable land at­tract more com­mon farm­land birds, along with a fur­ther chance of Wheatear and Stonechat.

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