Quick sightings update...At least c 8 stonechats and 2 whinchats, all together in scrubby area east of the conifer plantation, on Sandy Heath ( land opposite The Lodge reserve)
We are fortunate to have some top class photographers who visit the reserve and send us their images. Geoff Harries was in the hide this week when he caught this green woodpecker bathing - which is not a common
sighting. The photo's he took are stunning!
The last hobby sighting on the reserve was around the 21 September, so they will be on their way back across Europe to Africa for the winter now. As the last of our summer visitors depart,we'll be keeping our eyes open for the first winter thrushes and finches to arrive, but in this current very mild and calm period, they may be a few weeks away yet?
Everyday now we wonder if the hobbies will head off on the start of their migration, but at least one bird is still lingering around the new heath and was seen several times today. Eight or nine buzzards were up in the air together around mid - day, although rather distant and hard to see in the hazy skies. A chiffchaff was calling beside the Gatehouse and could be heard from our open office door and several noisy jay's have been making their presence known, giving an autumnal feel to the day.
Our volunteer Betty Cooke is finding some interesting insects and photographed this net - winged beetle. Although they are meant to be resident at The Lodge, they are rarely seen. Betty also took this fantastic shot of a hairy shield- bug facing a line of aphids.