WAY­MARK­ERS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1Scan sur­round­ing farm­land for flocks of Lap­wing and Golden Plover. Marsh Har­rier, Buz­zard and Kestrel should be present. Hedgerow and scrub cover at­tracts finches, tits, spar­rows, Stonechat and thrushes, while the drainage ditch ad­ja­cent to the pub har­bours ducks, Wa­ter Rail, King­fisher, Lit­tle Egret and Grey Heron.

2Open pas­ture is good for win­ter thrushes, finches and buntings, Stock Dove and Lit­tle Owl in old wil­low trees. A small copse of­ten yields Jay, Woodcock, Buz­zard, Spar­rowhawk, Treecreeper, tit flocks, Green and Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers.

3Check the ditches by the church for Snipe, Green Sand­piper and Lit­tle Egret. The small marsh to the north at­tracts Wi­geon, Teal and Shov­eler, Marsh Har­rier, Wa­ter Rail and Stonechat. On the sheep folds look for Red­wing, Field­fare, Mis­tle Thrush, Golden Plover, Lap­wing, Com­mon and Mediter­ranean Gulls.

The small farm­land reser­voir can at­tract a few gulls and ducks and some­times grey geese and swans in arable fields. From the bund, scan the graz­ing mead­ows for har­ri­ers, Buz­zard, Kestrel, Short-eared and Barn Owls, Snipe, Sky Lark, Meadow Pipit and Lin­net. The reedbed at­tracts a small Marsh Har­rier roost, plus Bearded Tit, Wa­ter Rail, Stonechat and Cetti’s War­bler.

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