An in­ter­est­ing wood­land walk, with the Red Ar­rows, too!

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - BERNARD JONES

IALWAYS FIND IT fas­ci­nat­ing that churches seem to at­tract lots of birds, mostly com­mon, but nev­er­the­less in­ter­est­ing. Here, you’ll see House Spar­rows (also look for Tree Spar­row) and Col­lared Doves along with Robin, Blackbird and Wood Pi­geon. Hatch Lane has a ditch on each side and a hedgerow and a stream that flows un­der the lane. There are lots of Blue Tits, Great Tits and Coal Tits along the hedgerow and sev­eral Robins each hold­ing a slice of ter­ri­tory. Keep an eye on the open ar­eas, where Barn Owl can be seen and a Buz­zard is an al­most cer­tainty. At the end of the lane is a pub­lic foot­path across the edge of a field with trees now ap­pear­ing and wood­land close by. At the next gate are sev­eral op­tions and I rec­om­mend wan­der­ing around var­i­ous tracks. There are patches of gorse loved for nest­ing by the Long-tailed Tits, patches of pine en­joyed by Gold­crests and lots of other types of tree at­tract­ing a va­ri­ety of birds. Part of the area is the Forestry Com­mis­sion and some­times work is be­ing done in parts. Also nearby is RAF Shawbury – now and then the Red Ar­rows can be seen over­head.


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