Turn a mo­tor­way break into a bird­ing ex­pe­ri­ence!

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

KILLINGTON LAKE IS ac­tu­ally a reser­voir, formed when Killington Beck was dammed in 1819. Not only is it ideal for birds, but a ser­vice sta­tion was built here off the M6, only suit­able if you are trav­el­ling south! The area was given its bird­ing sta­tus by a ded­i­cated watcher, Fred Gould, with records like Caspian Tern, Crane, Ring­necked Duck and Red-necked Grebe. Spring sees a large Black-headed Gull colony on the is­lands where re­cent nest­ing of Mediter­ranean Gulls (right) has oc­curred among this throng of birds. An­other good rea­son to visit in spring and au­tumn is to watch the pas­sage of Os­preys drawn here from their mi­gra­tion. An­other bird found in­land is the Arctic Tern. Both Sand­wich and Black Terns have been found here, too. You never know when Com­mon Scoter will drop in again on their mi­gra­tion, join­ing Gold­en­eye in win­ter and Tufted Duck in sum­mer. Large flocks of Grey­lag and Canada Geese are al­ways worth look­ing through for odd geese drop­ping in and Great Crested and Lit­tle Grebes need look­ing at for rarer grebes. With in­creas­ing egrets around More­cambe Bay a Great White Egret does not seem out of place here! The moor­land around here has had Hen, Monty and Marsh Har­rier and Short-eared Owl. JOHN MILES

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