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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1 Check the lake for com­mon wild­fowl in­clud­ing Shov­eler, Pochard, Teal, Gad­wall and Cor­morant on the open water, along­side vari­able num­bers of gulls and feral geese. Lit­tle Grebe and Man­darin oc­cur around the mar­gins, plus the oc­ca­sional Lit­tle Egret, Grey Heron, Green Sand­piper, Lap­wing, King­fisher, Grey and Pied Wag­tails. Reed Bunt­ing, tit and finch flocks feed along the lake­side trees, with a chance of Siskin and red­poll flocks, where a hunt­ing Spar­rowhawk may also oc­cur. Ring-necked Para­keets can be found here and through­out the park. 2 Wood­land tracts har­bour the usual tit flocks in­clud­ing Coal, Long-tailed and the de­clin­ing Marsh Tits, Gold­crest, Firecrest, Treecreeper and Bullfinch, plus per­haps a Wood­cock flushed from cover. Look for Jay, Nuthatch and Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker in de­cid­u­ous blocks and Tawny Owl at dusk. Conifer belts oc­ca­sion­ally at­tract Cross­bills amongst the more nu­mer­ous Coal Tits and Gold­crest, plus the oc­ca­sional Firecrest. 3 Open park­land and scrub is good for feed­ing Kestrel, Green Wood­pecker, Stock Dove, Mis­tle Thrush, Red­wing, Field­fare, corvids, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch and Lin­net, plus the odd Yel­lowham­mer or Sky Lark. Scan for Buz­zard and Red Kite. Check ma­ture oaks for Lit­tle Owl.

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