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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1 View the main lake for win­ter wild­fowl such as Pochard, Tufted Duck, Gold­en­eye, Gad­wall, Teal and Shov­eler, plus Lit­tle and Great Crested Grebes, Cor­morant and roost­ing gulls from late af­ter­noon. Check the mar­gins for King­fisher, Grey Wag­tail, Grey Heron, Lit­tle Egret and the oc­ca­sional Snipe or Green Sand­piper. 2 The lake­side wil­lows of­ten at­tract tit flocks they may har­bour Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Gold­crest, Bullfinch and Treecreeper. Open grass­lands around both lake can be good for win­ter thrushes, Stock Dove, Kestrel, Green Wood­pecker and Meadow Pipit early in the day. Check reedbeds for Reed Bunt­ing, Cetti’s War­bler and a chance of Water Rail. 3 Scan along the river for King­fisher, Grey Wag­tail, Moorhen and Green Sand­piper. Rough mar­gins of­ten at­tract Goldfinch, Lin­net, Reed Bunt­ing and Stonechat. A good spot at dusk for a hunt­ing Barn Owl. 4 Look for Buz­zard, Spar­rowhawk and the oc­ca­sional Red Kite over the farm­land copse. It’s worth not­ing that sur­round­ing fields can sup­port many birds such as Red-legged Par­tridge, Lap­wing, gull and corvid flocks, Stock Dove, Red­wing, Field­fare, Mis­tle Thrush, Lin­net and Yel­lowham­mer.

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