Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1 Check Vir­ginia Wa­ter for dab­bling ducks such as Shov­eler, Teal and Gad­wall, plus Pochard and Cor­morant along­side gulls and feral geese. Lit­tle Grebe and Man­darin oc­cur around the mar­gins, plus the oc­ca­sional Lit­tle Egret, Grey Heron, Green Sand­piper, Lap­wing, King­fisher, Grey and Pied Wag­tails. Reed Bunting, tit and finch flocks feed along the lake­side trees, with a chance of Siskin and red­poll.

2 De­cid­u­ous wood­land har­bour the usual tit flocks, in­clud­ing the de­clin­ing Marsh Tit, plus Gold­crest, Firecrest, Treecreeper and Bullfinch and maybe a Wood­cock flushed from cover.

3 Open park­land and scrub sup­ports the likes of Kestrel, Green Wood­pecker, Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush, Red­wing, Field­fare, corvids, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch and Lin­net, plus the odd Yellowhammer or Sky Lark. Scan the wood­land canopy for Buz­zard and Red Kite. Check the ma­ture oaks for Lit­tle Owl, while Barn Owl is oc­ca­sion­ally noted here.

4 Conifer plan­ta­tions can at­tract the oc­ca­sional flock of Cross­bills, but more typ­i­cally Gold­crest, Firecrest and Coal Tit among passer­ine flocks. A good spot for thrushes, Star­lings, corvids and Woodpigeon roosts.

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