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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1 Scan the Chan­nel for pass­ing seabirds such as Ful­mar, Gannet, Cor­morant, Com­mon Scoter, Com­mon and Sand­wich Terns, Arc­tic Skua and Kit­ti­wake. Mediter­ranean Gulls are of­ten noted among flocks of Black­headed and Com­mon Gulls, plus Guille­mot and Great Crested Grebe on the sea and coast­ing hirundines. The con­crete break­wa­ter of­ten at­tracts Turn­stone, Wheatear and also Rock Pipit.

2 The fos­sil beach at low tide can lure a few Oys­ter­catcher, Turn­stone, Rock Pipit, a va­ri­ety of loaf­ing gulls and the oc­ca­sional pas­sage wader such as Dunlin, San­der­ling, Ringed Plover or Bar-tailed Godwit. Scan the cliffs for Pere­grine, Kestrel, Raven and a chance of Black Red­start and Ring Ouzel is pos­si­ble.

3 The small ponds can at­tract waders, typ­i­cally Com­mon and Green Sand­pipers, Red­shank, Lap­wing and Snipe, plus Grey Wag­tail, Moorhen, Wa­ter Rail, com­mon wild­fowl, Grey Heron and Lit­tle Egret. Open grass­land har­bours mi­grat­ing Sky Lark, Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Yel­low Wag­tail and Lin­net.

4 Check scrub for pas­sage Whin­chat, Stonechat, Pied and Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers, Wil­low War­bler, Chif­fchaff, Black­cap, Com­mon and Lesser Whitethroats, plus hirundines, Yel­low Wag­tail and Tree Pipit over­head.

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