The morning started well with two spotted flycatchers and a willow warbler catching insects from the edge of the trees in the overflow car park. Ravens were calling from the new heath and the corner of Sandy Ridge, close to the Gatehouse. The hobbies are still around, although starting to range further afield at times now. With patience, most birders are still seeing them around the new heath.
The other flyover today was the huge Airlander airship that appeared over the edge of Galley Hill this morning and floated serenely over the reserve. We later found out that it had crash landed back at its Cardington base!
Chas our new story teller, certainly knows how to keep the young ( and old!) ones captivated and his two sessions yesterday were well attended and enjoyed by all.
We are holding one more story telling day with Chas during the school holidays, on Mon 29 August, (weather permitting) at the Visitor Centre.... 3 sessions held at 11:30 am - 12:45 pm - 2 pm
Donations on the day please.
Don't forget, the Pantaloons outoor theatre performances are nearly here. The next shows are on 26/27/28 August!
The Pantaloons perform Romeo and Juliet Friday 26 Aug 7 pm A special show with Mark and Caitlin, original founders of the Pantaloons. Romance with a fresh twist... in the open air. Held on the lawn at The Lodge nature reserve and gardens. Bring your blankets, picnics and chairs and parents bring a bottle of your favorite tipple to enjoy the show. Tickets; Adults £13.50 Children (age 7-16); £9. Under 7’s: FREE. Family ticket 2+2 £37.50 Please note: Assistance dogs only at the performance please. Tickets from; The RSPB 01767 693333 and Pantaloons http://www.thepantaloons.co.uk/
The Pantaloons perform Gulliver’s Travels Saturday 27 Aug 6pm Sun 28 Aug 1 pm We welcome the return of the Pantaloons for their eighth successful year at The Lodge, with a brand new adventurous retelling in this outdoor performance of Gulliver’s Travels. The performance is held on the lawn at The Lodge nature reserve and gardens. Bring your blankets, picnics and chairs and a bottle of your favourite tipple of course, to enjoy the show. Tickets; Adults £13.50 Children (age 7-16); £9. Under 7’s: FREE. Family ticket 2+2 £37.50 Please note: Assistance dogs only at the performance please. Tickets from; The RSPB 01767 693333 and Pantaloons http://www.thepantaloons.co.uk/
The weather is looking good at the moment so come along and enjoy the shows!
The young hobbies seem to be doing really well, and over the last few days we've had great views of the parents teaching their young by catching prey, then making the youngsters chase them through the air to get to the snack themselves!
Spotted flycatchers have been around as well, I saw a pair today on the new heath today and at the weekend, one was seen on a couple of occasions at the bottom of the bridleway leading out to Biggleswade Common. After the first nest failed we only had sporadic sightings and no evidence of a second nest, but perhaps they have they bred on the reserve after all?
Image credit; Ray Piercy