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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1 Start at the wind­mill and walk down the foot­path across fields, scan­ning the RSPB marsh to your right. There are large lakes on the marsh – Great White Egret, Avo­cet, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Gar­ganey and oc­ca­sional win­ter­ing grey geese have all been recorded.

2 The copse at 621 869 is alive with song in spring, rather quiet in win­ter but the fields around af­ford Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer, Lin­net and Kestrel. Emerge onto the marsh some­what ‘un­der cover’ at first, which is ad­van­ta­geous. Hav­ing crossed the neck of the marsh, go back 50m on the foot­path to the sewage farm for Grey Wag­tail and Meadow Pipits, Bullfinch and win­ter­ing Chif­fchaff.

3 Laun­dry Lane is a long in­ter­est­ing stretch – both sides. Green and Com­mon Sand­pipers oc­cur as do Lit­tle Egret, Shov­eler, Gad­wall, Wi­geon and Grey Heron.

4 A lit­tle hid­den lane just past St He­len’s bridge takes you onto a de­light­ful 300m stretch of path. Pools here af­ford close views of Green­shank, Lit­tle Egret, King­fisher and win­ter­ing ducks. As the path re­gains the road, cross it to scan Bembridge har­bour.

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