Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - PAUL TRODD

THIS CIR­CU­LAR WALK TAKES in a wide range of farm­land habi­tats in what is mainly fer­tile land, re­claimed from the sea for grow­ing crops such as wheat, oil-seed rape and pota­toes. These open vis­tas sup­port a small and mo­bile, but de­clin­ing win­ter pop­u­la­tion, of Bewick’s Swans, some­times with the odd Whooper in their midst. Flocks of feral Grey­lag Geese should be checked for gen­uine wild White­fronts and the oc­ca­sional party of tun­dra Bean Geese. Turf fields, sheep folds, thick hedgerows, copses and sew­ers (as drainage ditches are known here) pro­vide vi­tal feed­ing ar­eas for a va­ri­ety of win­ter thrushes, finches, spar­rows and buntings, in­clud­ing Tree Spar­row and Corn Bunt­ing, two species that are fast dis­ap­pear­ing from our farm­land land­scape. The sewer mar­gins with their rank veg­e­ta­tion are favourite lo­ca­tions to watch hunt­ing har­ri­ers, Spar­rowhawk and Barn Owl, while a reedbed near the Wool­pack pub can at­tract a small Marsh Har­rier roost, plus the oc­ca­sional Bit­tern. As some of this walk is on met­alled high­ways, it is suit­able for those with mo­bil­ity is­sues. The lanes carry lit­tle traf­fic and should pro­vide the ideal plat­form to see a de­cent range of farm­land birds, both res­i­dent and win­ter­ing species. GRID REF: POST­CODE: HOW TO GET THERE: WHERE TO PARK: TER­RAIN: AC­CESS: FA­CIL­I­TIES: PUBLIC TRANS­PORT: OR­GAN­I­SA­TION: CLUB CON­TACT: COUNTY RECORDER: MAPS:

Corn Bunt­ing Barn Owl

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