KEY POINTS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1 Check wood­land for Bullfinch (above) Green­finch, Treecreeper, Gold­crest, Jay, Coal Tit and wood­peck­ers. Ar­eas of Birch and Alder at­tract Lesser Red­poll, Siskin, Chaffinch and Reed Bunting. Black­cap, Chif­fchaff, Whitethroat, Reed War­bler and Lin­net are present in sum­mer.

2 The pool is eas­ily viewed for win­ter­ing wild­fowl with Wa­ter Rail and Snipe oc­ca­sion­ally present. A Red-crested Pochard was a re­cent vis­i­tor. King­fisher, Grey Wag­tail, Cor­morant, Grey Heron and Lit­tle Grebes seen.

3 The now grassed for­mer land­fill area is good for Green Wood­pecker, Meadow Pipit, wag­tails, oc­ca­sional pas­sage Wheatear and Kestrel. The once com­mon Sky Lark has di­min­ished in num­bers, but may still be present.

4 The Holly Wood na­ture re­serve is an ex­cel­lent wood­land, hold­ing Tawny Owl and oc­ca­sional Wood­cock. No­table re­cent records in this area in­clude a singing Wood War­bler in spring and a vis­it­ing Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker, so ex­pect the un­ex­pected.

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