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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

The long trudge up the Great Road (an earth track) is re­warded by su­perb views across Wea­combe Combe. Raven and Buz­zard soar above and Sky Larks mock our earth-bound feet. Car­rion Crow are also present. Lis­ten out for the ‘chink’ of Stonechat and look out for the flash of a Wheatear’s white rump. On one oc­ca­sion, much to our (and their) sur­prise, we put up a pair of Green­shanks, which took off like ar­rows across the heather be­side Green­way Path, as we headed north off the Great Road.

1Smith’s Combe is a de­light­ful oa­sis of sparkling wa­ter and broad-leaved trees. All the reg­u­lar sus­pects are likely to be on of­fer. Look for birds such as Siskin, Robin, Black­bird and var­i­ous tits. Also, with luck, you’ll find neat Grey Wag­tail flit­ting around the stream. Red­start, Pied Fly­catcher, Wood War­bler and Gold­crest are all pos­si­bil­i­ties.

2Climb­ing back to­wards the trig point on Bea­con Hill the path rises past a conifer plan­ta­tion. Look for Lesser Red­poll ca­vort­ing in the canopy.

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