Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1Check around the ponds and bare ground for breed­ing Lit­tle Ringed and Ringed Plovers, Lap­wing and a chance of Red­shank and Shel­duck. A good spot for Stock Dove, Meadow Pipit, Sky Lark, Pied Wag­tail and the odd pas­sage Yel­low or Grey Wag­tail, Wheatear and Whin­chat in late sum­mer. Scrubby ar­eas har­bour a few pairs of Nightin­gale and Gar­den War­bler.

2Heath­land be­side the old run­ways at­tracts breed­ing Green Wood­pecker, Wood Lark, Tree Pipit, Stonechat, Dart­ford War­bler, Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat, Wil­low War­bler and Gar­den War­blers, Lin­net, Yel­lowham­mer and Reed Bunting. Kestrel, Spar­rowhawk, Hobby, Red Kite and Buz­zard all hunt here, while at dawn and dusk Nightjar and Wood­cock may be seen or heard.

3Wood­land har­bours the usual range of res­i­dent tits, in­clud­ing the de­clin­ing Marsh Tit, plus Black­cap, Chif­fchaff, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Mis­tle Thrush, Bullfinch, Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, plus Tawny Owl at dusk. Check conifer stands for Gold­crest, Firecrest, Coal Tit and the oc­ca­sional Siskin, red­poll or Cross­bill. De­clin­ing sum­mer mi­grants such as Red­start, Cuckoo and Tur­tle Dove now oc­cur only spo­rad­i­cally. A good spot for thrushes, Star­lings, corvids and Wood­pi­geons go­ing to roost.

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