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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go BIrding -

1 Park­land habi­tat typ­i­cally at­tracts the last of the Red­wings and Field­fares, plus Mis­tle Thrush, Green and Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers, Nuthatch, Stock Dove, Lit­tle Owl, corvids and flocks of Lin­net and Goldfinch. Pass­ing Black-headed and Com­mon Gulls some­times drop in along with Meadow Pipit, Sky Lark and Stonechat. Spar­rowhawk and Kestrel of­ten hunt here. 2 The mixed wood­land should yield early mi­grants such as Black­cap, Chif­fchaff and Wil­low War­bler, plus a chance of Red­start, Cuckoo and Tur­tle Dove later. Res­i­dent Long­tailed and Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Bullfinch and Goldcrest all breed along with com­mon tits, finches and thrushes while Tawny Owls are ac­tive around dawn and dusk. 3 The old or­chard is a good spot for Lit­tle Owl, Green Wood­pecker, Bullfinch and Red-legged Par­tridge. Scan for Red Kite, Buz­zard, Kestrel and Spar­rowhawk. Thrushes, finches, pip­its, wag­tails, corvids and gulls should be on the move around dawn. 4 Farm­land hedgerows and scrub should yield Lin­net, Bullfinch and Yel­lowham­mer among the com­moner finches, plus mi­grant Whitethroats and Lesser Whitethroats.

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