A spring walk among blue­bells in the Chilterns

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go BIrding - PAUL TRODD

THIS BIRD­ING WALK on the edge of the Chiltern Hills takes in a va­ri­ety of wooded habi­tats from the park­land at Horn Hill Court, com­plete with mag­nif­i­cent cedars and old oaks, to derelict cherry or­chards be­side Bull­s­land Lane and ad­ja­cent high hedgerows. The Beech hanger area of the wood boasts a glo­ri­ous show of spring blue­bells, while a Larch plan­ta­tion adds to the di­ver­sity. Mixed farm­land, pad­docks and hedgerows com­pletes a typ­i­cal Chilterns scene. While the likes of Hawfinch and Wil­low Tit are now ab­sent, de­clin­ing res­i­dent birds such as Marsh Tit and Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker can still be found among a range of typ­i­cal wood­land species. Singing Black­caps and Chif­fchaffs should be an­nounc­ing their ar­rival, while there’s a chance of a pass­ing Wood War­bler or Red­start. Buz­zard and Red Kite are now a given. Farm­land tracts may lure a mi­grant Wheatear or a hedgerow Ring Ouzel and scan­ning along hill­sides should yield Swal­low and martins.

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