I was standing on the new enclosed area of the brand new Visitor Information building this morning- watching siskins, redwings, mistle thrush and fieldfares on the new heath.It's going to be a great place to work and to come in for a chat ,and all being well, it will be open by next week. If you would like to help us by meeting and greeting our visitors,please get in touch.You can email email@example.com and we can tell you more about it.
Yesterday, a dozen or so crossbills were seen flying over the Gatehouse car park, the first here for some while.
Last week we were in the new Tesco store in Sandy, raising income for The Lodge and the RSPB by bag packing.We took £504 in donations and would like to thank the management and staff of the Tesco store for allowing us to come along and for looking after us so well. Also to everyone who kindly donated of course!
I'm flying off to Fuerteventura a the crack of dawn tomorrow, in search of the exciting birds that live there, including the endemic Fuerteventura chat. Hopefully a spot of sun as well!
Another quiet week for the birds, with a few woodcock appearing, but little else arriving as yet. It's still incredibly mild for the end of November and I've been told the Scandinavian berry crop is a bumper one, so birds like waxwings aren't having to migrate south this year. The golden trees are still looking great however, so stil plenty of reasons to come and enjoy a walk here.
We are taking a short trip down the hill to do some bag packing at the new local Tesco store in Sandy this weekend, to raise income for The Lodge. Say hello to us if you are doing your shopping there and pop some pennies in our buckets please!
We are still waiting for winter to take a grip and a movement of birds to follow. November has more of an autumnal than a winter feeling, and trees are still glowing golden on sunny days. I was at The Lodge over the weekend, and the main action was from the mistle thrushes and jays playing noisy chasing games through the trees around the Gatehouse. A few siskins were been heard flying over, mainly just solitary birds passing over. Four ravens were seen together on Sunday, it won't be long before they are searching for nesting sites again, as they generally breed very early. The first woodcock we are aware of was seen on Friday, with another two spotted today.
With December drawing nearer,we still await the first lesser redpolls and bramblings, but I'm sure they can't be too far away!