A visiting birder has been trying for three days to see the lesser-spotted woodpecker, and he finally did see it today! So, it is still around, but I went out this afternoon and still didn't see it- although a treecreeper, a pair of ravens. fieldfares and siskins were compensation.
The weather forecast didn't look promising today, but, although it is cold, in fact it's been a dry and mainly sunny day.
The siskin numbers are really building up now, with a group of around seven birds on the ground seed under the entrance feeders, and larger numbers in trees around the gatehouse and along the path to the hide. Several bramblings are around the feeders, and at one time, brambling, siskin, greenfinch long tailed tit, blue tit dunnock, crow, blackbird, robin, wren and woodpigeon were all on the ground feeding together!
I went to the gardens this morning, and two buzzards and a sparrowhawk soared sedately over the Lodge house, a lovely sight in the blue skies.
There's been no sighting of the lesser-spotted woodpecker over the last few days that we are aware of, but I'm sure it's still in the area and will pop up again.
It's looking very cold over the weekend, although hopefully not as wet as we first thought, so wrap up and come to see these super birds.
Just a quick post from The Lodge to say that we advise putting off a walk around the reserve today ( Feb 8), due to the very strong winds that are due to gust stronger over the next couple of hours. It's looking calmer tomorrow and hopefully for the rest of the week!
The toilets are also being decorated and upgraded this week ( great news), so there may be some disruption and we will have to use alternative loo's at times. Thanks for your co- operation when you arrive