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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1 The path past the wood­land and through farm­land can be re­ward­ing. We saw Long-tailed Tit, Whitethroat, Marsh Tit, Goldfinch, Sparrowhawk, Buz­zard and Kestrel. Lis­ten for the ‘yaf­fle’ of Green Wood­pecker.

2 Along the coast look out for Ful­mar and the usual va­ri­ety of gulls. Cor­morants ar­row across the waves. Gan­nets are pos­si­ble. Lis­ten out for Stonechats on any scrub be­side the path. Wheatears are likely in sum­mer. Ravens ‘cronk’ over­head, so lis­ten out for them on your walk.

3 The path turns in along the es­tu­ary and to­wards the creek; keep an eye open for Lit­tle Egret, Green­shank and Redshank. Oys­ter­catch­ers are fre­quent, their whis­tles of­ten heard be­fore they are seen. On a clear day, you can see the Ed­dy­s­tone Light­house, which is an added bonus to your walk.

4 The path passes through creek-side wood­land be­fore re­turn­ing to the vil­lage past cot­tages and gar­dens. Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Treecreeper and Jack­daw may be seen plus all the ex­pected species such as House Spar­row, Chaffinch, Green­finch, Wren, Pied Wag­tail, Robin, Blue Tit and, per­haps, Great Tit are likely, plus look out for Swal­low and House Martin in sea­son.

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