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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1The sandy beach of­ten at­tracts passer­ines along the tide­line such as Pied Wag­tail, Meadow Pipit, Lin­net, Star­ling and the oc­ca­sional Snow Bunt­ing. Check the fore­shore for waders at low tide, typ­i­cally Curlew, Oys­ter­catcher, Bar-tailed God­wit, Knot, San­der­ling and Dun­lin, plus the sea de­fence blocks for Turn­stone, Black Red­start and Rock Pipit. At high tide, Great Crested Grebe, Com­mon Scoter and Red-throated Divers can be seen on the sea.

2Check sheep pas­ture for flocks of Com­mon and Black-headed Gulls, Wi­geon, Curlew, Lap­wing and Golden Plover, plus the oc­ca­sional Ruff and Red­shank. Arable land some­times at­tracts feral geese and swans, but also White-fronted Geese and Bewick’s Swans on oc­ca­sions. Look for birds along the sew­ers such as Lit­tle Egret, Grey Heron, Wa­ter Rail, Snipe, King­fisher, finches, Reed Bunt­ing and Meadow Pipit. A good spot for hunt­ing Marsh Har­rier, Buz­zard, Mer­lin, Kestrel and Barn Owl at dusk.

3The lakes be­side the cy­cle track are good for win­ter­ing wild­fowl, grebes and gulls. The graz­ing fields at­tract flocks of Lap­wings and Golden Plovers, Red­shank, Ringed Plover, win­ter thrushes, finches and feral geese.

4The horse pad­docks at­tract flocks of Red­wing and Field­fare along with Mis­tle Thrush, Stock Dove, Corn and Reed Bunt­ings. Check the patches of scrub for Stonechat, Lin­net, Goldfinch and Tree Spar­row. Lit­tle Owl are res­i­dent in the sta­bles while Short-eared Owl are of­ten seen in the af­ter­noon.

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