KEY POINTS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1Check along the brook for Grey Wag­tail and birds com­ing down to drink in hot weather. The mixed wood­land should at­tract a wide range of res­i­dent species and their young such as Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Jay, plus mi­grants.

2From the van­tage point scan across the canopy for feed­ing Swifts and hirundines and gulls drift­ing over. Rap­tors are of­ten noted from here.

3Scat­tered heather and scrub should de­liver the more ob­vi­ous Tree Pipit, Wood Lark, Stonechat and maybe a mi­grant Whin­chat or Wheatear, while skulk­ing war­blers such as Dartford and Whitethroat may be more tricky.

Conifer plan­ta­tions are favoured by the likes of Gold­crest, Firecrest, Coal Tit, Siskin and po­ten­tially Cross­bill.

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