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Sure-fire Willow Tit in December?

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Old Sunday 1st December 2013, 14:54   #1
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Sure-fire Willow Tit in December?

I am driving from Edinburgh to Surrey on December 15th (ugh) and would love to stop off somewhere with a high chance of a Willow Tit. I have never seen one, and I would love to. Does anyone have any suggestions? I can stop off almost anywhere, I suppose.

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Old Sunday 1st December 2013, 15:18   #2
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Feeding station Fairburn Inns.
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Old Sunday 1st December 2013, 15:25   #3
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Amazing - thanks. Do you mean Fairburn Ings RSPB? All I get on Google for Fairburn Inns is somewhere near Atlanta GA...
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Old Sunday 1st December 2013, 15:27   #4
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Just of the A1. On your route north.
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Old Sunday 1st December 2013, 15:48   #5
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Yes Fairburn Ings RSPB. Willow tits are regulars at one of the main feeding stations. I have seen at least one every visit so far. Just ask at the visitor centre for directions.
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the bunting hide at pennington flash near leigh, lancashire is also good, but we did miss them in a visit in early march,
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Thanks a lot, all. I will probably give Fairburn Ings two shots on the way up and on the way down, so that's double sure-fire! I'll let you know how I fare. The RSPB Star Species for the site doesn't seem to think them worth a mention :-) I may think Willow Tits are more exciting than I should, but who travels anywhere to see a Chiffchaff....?
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Old Tuesday 3rd December 2013, 22:04   #8
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Hope you're succesful, but it's quite a nice place to visit anyway. Was up your way a week or two ago, visiting family. Spent an afternoon at Real Mary King Close! Not many birds tho' ;-)
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Old Tuesday 10th December 2013, 21:45   #9
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Thanks all. I found one Willow Tit at Fairburn Ings Monday (I left Hants at 4am to fit some birding in before my meetings, so I deserved it!). I also saw a lifer Woodcock :-) A nice twofer

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