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BIRDS

The Linear Walk supports many birds. In Spring, when migratory birds return, willow warblers, chiff-chaffs and blackcaps can be seen and heard among the larger trees lining the first part of the walk near the Tithby Road railway bridge. Many of these stay to breed along with the resident blackbirds, song thrushes and hedge sparrows. Common whitethroat, goldfinch and greenfinch are found further along the walk among the smaller bushes. Green and Great Spotted woodpeckers are occasional visitors flighting along the field edge between some of the larger, older trees.


Field fare (Photo: Lincolnshire Wild Life Trust)


Long tailed tit (Photo: Brayton Holt)


Goldfinch (Photo: Nottinghamshire Wild Life Trust)

The Toothill School playing fields form insect hunting grounds for pied wagtails, mistle thrushes and, in spring and early summer, the migratory wheatears and yellow wagtails, whilst long-tailed tits favour the small trees near the school and the 'Banks'. Redwings and fieldfares are seen in the Butt Field area in winter feasting on the hawthorn berries in the hedgerow, whilst in summer skylarks can be heard singing high above the fields adjacent to Parsons Hill. Kestrels are regularly seen and sparrowhawks visit open gardens whilst barn and little owls appear on the edges of the town, in particular flying over the verges on Chapel Lane going towards the Margidunum roundabout.

Car Dyke flows beneath Chapel Lane past the industrial estate. Between here and Parson's Hill moorhens and herons frequent the waters and the occasional kingfisher is reported. The churchyard and the Town cemetery in particular with its variety of conifers and broadleaved trees, attract owls, pigeons and such birds as goldcrests and treecreepers, which, like nuthatches, are sometimes sighted in Bingham gardens.


Great spotted woodpecker (Photo: Brayton Holt)

Whilst swallows are less frequently seen, house martins and swifts still return each summer streaking across the market place or circling the church. Many birds that once lived in woodlands are now frequent visitors to Bingham gardens. These include blackbirds, robins, chaffinches, hedge and house sparrows, tits, wrens, song thrushes and so on, most of which are all-year round residents. Others such as starlings may be a mixed flock of English and Scandinavian birds especially in the winter. Collared doves, whose arrival in this country dates back less than fifty years, are frequently heard and seen in most parts of the Town.


Greenfinch (Photo: Brayton Holt)

Kestrel(Photo: Brayton Holt)

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