WAY MARK­ERS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1 Wan­der east-north-east from La Falaise along the coast and watch for mi­grants in sea­son as well as off­shore. The seas around Jersey are rich, and skuas, shear­wa­ters and terns are re­li­able in sea­son as are close-in divers. De­spite it be­ing less ob­vi­ously suit­able for them, Dart­ford War­blers have sur­prised me along here, with their Stonechat mates. Lin­nets flock around you as well as other finches.

2 As you move south in­land around the ri­fle range, the hedges be­come more im­por­tant for pas­sage mi­grants, the fields hide pi­geons and doves, corvids use stands of trees and rap­tors are over­head. Scan the val­ley over the road to the SW as you walk steeply down to the bay.

3 Re­turn­ing to your car by puff­ing up the hill af­ter lunch will pro­vide an­other check on the val­ley and open up the fields, now on your left. Har­ri­ers reg­u­larly quar­ter here – not just Marsh – and there is al­ways bird ac­tiv­ity be­tween the hedge­lines. Time put in here, and all around this walk, is re­warded!

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