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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1Check around the church­yard for com­mon breed­ing birds such as finches, tits and thrushes and a chance of Spot­ted Flycatcher. Swifts of­ten fly around the church tower. Or­chards and pad­docks at­tract Kestrel, Spar­rowhawk, Green Wood­pecker, Stock Dove, Pied Wag­tail, Mis­tle Thrush, Bullfinch and corvids, plus Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat, Lin­net, Long-tailed Tit and Yel­lowham­mer in hedgerows.

2The small wood by the lane is good for Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Jay, Treecreeper and Nuthatch, plus Black­cap and Chif­fchaff. Check the weedy fields for Stonechat, finches and buntings, Meadow Pipit and Sky Lark. Be­fore the path drops down into the val­ley, scan the ridge for rap­tors such as Hobby, Buz­zard and Spar­rowhawk.

3The reedbeds and sewer mar­gins will be alive with Reed, Sedge and Cetti’s War­blers, and Reed Bunting, plus the sound of Bearded Tits and Wa­ter Rails. A cou­ple of hides over­look a scrubby la­goon that, de­pend­ing on wa­ter lev­els, can at­tract waders such as Snipe, Lap­wing, Green Sand­piper and Lit­tle Ringed Plover, plus Teal, Gad­wall, Lit­tle Egret and Grey Heron. Com­mon Terns some­times drop in along with a few gulls, in­clud­ing Mediter­ranean Gulls, while Marsh Harrier and Hobby hunt here.

4Check along Pan­nel Sewer for Grey Wag­tail, Lit­tle Grebe and King­fisher, plus hirundines over­head. Ad­ja­cent fields of­ten at­tract grounded mi­grants such as Yel­low Wag­tail, Whin­chat and Wheatear as the sea­son pro­gresses. A good spot for Barn Owl at dusk.

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