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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1Scan the pad­docks and fields near the vil­lage for feed­ing Red­wings and Field­fares, plus Mis­tle Thrush, Green Wood­pecker, Stock Dove, Sky Lark, Pied Wag­tail, corvids and Red-legged Par­tridge. Pass­ing Black-headed and Com­mon Gulls some­times drop in.

2Check the river banks and wet mead­ows for Moorhen, King­fisher, Grey Wag­tail, Reed Bunt­ing, Stonechat, Green Sand­piper, Lit­tle Egret, Grey Heron and the oc­ca­sional Wa­ter Rail and Snipe. River­side trees of­ten at­tract rov­ing tit flocks, plus Goldfinch and some­times red­poll and Siskin.

3The ma­ture wood­land at­tracts all the com­mon res­i­dent species such as Green and Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Gold­crest, roost­ing Tawny Owl, com­mon tits and finches, plus maybe a win­ter­ing Black­cap or Firecrest. Check the wood­land ponds for a Moorhen and damp rides for Woodcock.

Scan the val­ley be­low and sur­round­ing hills for soar­ing rap­tors such as Red Kite, Buz­zard, Kestrel and Spar­rowhawk. Farm­land hedgerows and scrub should yield Lin­net, Bullfinch and Yel­lowham­mer.

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