WAY MARK­ERS

Bird Watching (UK) - - September Id Challenge -

1 It is best to park in Cas­tledykes Road and take the mi­nor road, pass­ing through some old con­crete gate posts off the A711. Head along the track to­wards the Isle. Check for gar­den birds and farm­land birds as you come to­wards Manx­man’s Bay.

2 A fall­ing or ris­ing tide is best for this walk, with plenty of mud on of­fer and chan­nels for feed­ing waders, ducks and herons.

3 Mixed broad-leaved and conifer trees can of­fer a mixed pack­age of wood­land birds, any­thing from wood­peck­ers to Cross­bills. Look back out into the bay for feed­ing waders which may be there.

4 A small is­land has mainly broadleaved trees on it with a chan­nel of­fer­ing more feed­ing for waders. Carry on along the track to­wards the river.

5 The River Dee’s deeper chan­nel of­fers the pos­si­bil­ity of div­ing ducks and grebes. Lis­ten out for Gold­crest in the trees, along with a mix of war­blers us­ing the wood­land and scrub.

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