We arrived at The Lodge this morning to find much more snow than we expected. It seems that most of the areas south of us had none at all, but I went out with the camera this morning so I have proof of how white it was here!
Although the feeders are busy and bustling with lots of chaffinches, tits, dunnocks, blackbirds - and a regular nuthatch , still no bramblings, siskin or redpolls to excite us! Keep looking though when you come along , as they could turn up in this cold-snap!
To get you in the mood for spring, a friend of mine who lives in Extremadura, southern Spain, tells me that the first swallows are passing over!
It's been relatively quiet at The Lodge over the last week, but with strong arctic winds on the way- this may be about to change! Just a few redpolls have been reported recently, but numbers of siskins, usually here in good numbers, are virtually non- existent this year. Likewise for bramblings and fieldfares, so perhaps these cold winds will push these birds further south again. Another bird that we haven't seen for some while is the crossbill, so let's hope they also visit us again soon.
The ravens however are being seen and heard regularly now, and as an early breeder they should soon be prospecting nesting sites. This will be their fourth year of breeding at The Lodge, if all goes to plan!
This is a picture taken by one of our Wednesday work party volunteers, Richard Harvey, of dusk over the Visitor Centre and new heath.