So this got me thinking about all the other 'unusual' places I have visited in the pursuit of birds and here are a few that I’ve managed to think of.
Dungeness Nuclear Power Station.
This isn’t that unusual as it is one of the country’s premier birding hotspots. There is a bird observatory and an RSPB reserve just a stone’s throw (and there are plenty of stones to throw) away. But around the station itself, it is often possible to see Black Redstart, Firecrest, Whinchat and Wheatear.
|Dungeness Power Station|
|Common and Black Tern at the Patch|
Birchanger Green Motorway Services Car park (off the M11)
This was a one-off but it’s not uncommon for a certain winter visitor to turn up at similar places. I am of course talking about the Waxwing. they love supermarkets especially because the planners always plant Cotoneaster and Pyracantha shrubs which they love.
M40, Junctions 5 -8
I love the M40. I would even go out of my way to use it even if the M1 was easier because of the magnificent sight of reintroduced Red Kites. I’m surprised I haven’t crashed yet as I can get sidetracked by these majestic raptors as they glide overhead, usually around junction 7-8 in my experience.
|Red Kite, more fun than watching the road.|
Small mention should also go to the M3 for the Black Kite I saw near the Fleet Services.
If you fancy doing a bit of bird then The Scrubs is for you mate. A large area of the Scrubs is made up playing fields and open land. There is a line of tress, Birch and Sycamore and an area known as Chats Paddock which is where much of the bird interest lies. Skylark and Meadow Pipit both have a strong presence and during spring and autumn, chats, redstarts, warblers and thrushes all put in appearances.
Watch out for the 'How many bird species I have seen walking to the tube station?', coming soon....