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Bird Watching (UK) - - World War I Centenary -

1 Scan the chan­nel for wild­fowl such as Shel­duck, Brent Goose, Wigeon, Red-breasted Mer­ganser and Great Crested Grebe, plus the chance of Redthroated Diver, Com­mon Scoter and Eider. Sky Lark, Meadow Pipit and Lin­net feed along the track with Rock Pipit and Turn­stone on the fore­shore and Stonechat in scrub. A good spot for a hunt­ing Mer­lin or Pere­grine.

2 At low tide, check the mud for waders, typ­i­cally Oys­ter­catcher, Avo­cet, Redshank, Ringed and Grey Plovers, Black and Bar-tailed God­wits, Knot, Dun­lin and San­der­ling. Kestrel, Short-eared and Barn Owls, Marsh and Hen Har­ri­ers are reg­u­larly seen hunt­ing just in­land. The wet fields at­tract White­fronted Geese, Wigeon, Teal, Snipe, Lit­tle Egret, Grey Heron,

Curlew, Lap­wing and Golden Plover, while small reedbeds har­bour Wa­ter Rail, Bearded Tit and Cetti’s War­bler. A good view­point across to Shep­pey.

4 Check the hedgerows for tit and finch flocks in­clud­ing Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Yel­lowham­mer and Lin­net. Pad­docks should yield win­ter thrushes, Pied Wag­tail, Green Wood­pecker and Stock Dove.

3 Field­fare and Red­wing flocks are of­ten present in the or­chards along with Mis­tle Thrush, Green and Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers, Lit­tle Owl and com­mon passer­ines. Check hedgerows and farm­land for corvids, gulls, Stock Dove, par­tridges, tits, finches bunt­ings, Kestrel and Spar­rowhawk. Scan nearby pits for wild­fowl and grebes.

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