Almost 700 people enjoyed the Pantaloons performances of the Canterbury Tales last weekend. The sun shone for most of the time ( at least during the daytime performances!)and the evening performances were dry and warm as well. We have already booked the 'loons to come back next August, when they will be performimng both the Brothers Grimm and The importance of being Ernest-so lots of fun to look forward to again at The Lodge in 2012.
It's been exciting birding here today, the hobbies that we suspected of breeding on the new heath have been flying around with their young! It looks like at least three young, which is brilliant.They should be active over the next eight to ten days, so come up on a nice day to watch them before they head off back to Africa. A spotted flycatcher flew around the gatehouse car park as well.
After a quiet couple of weeks,more birds have been in evidence over the last couple of days. A massive flock of over 90 mistle thrushes has been flying into trees around the Gatehouse from nearby Sandy Ridge.This is a record count of these large thrushes at The Lodge-and quite possibly a Bedfordshire record as well.The thrushes could be counted accuratley as they all flew up over the gatehouse when a peregrine zipped through and took a woodpigeon, alarming all of the birds in the area. A few crossbills have also been seen lately, with several on the fence enclosing a section of gorse on Sandy Ridge this afternoon. There have been a few finches on the ground around here, with both goldfinches and greenfinches getting seed from small flowers growing amongst the grasses.So a few birds to wet our appetite for the coming weeks, when migration starts all over again.