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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