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We were really pleased when the raven's fledged from their nest on the hillfort recently. This is the second consecutive year that these impressive birds have bred at The Lodge.Visitors have been seeing the raven family really well as they fly around the hillfort and New Heath areas, 'cronking'...
7 Jun 2013
Although it's been a very wet and dull couple of days following the gorgeous Bank Holiday weather,we've been hearing both the male and female cuckoo's calling from the heathland around the shop.Unlike the males iconic 'cuck -oo' call,females have an unusual bubbling call, that's...
29 May 2013
Ravens breed again
After last year's successful breeding by ravens at The Lodge, we have been eagerly awaiting to see if they would breed here again this year. Today, 3 young ravens have been seen around the hillfort, with their parents noisily and actively watching over them. Excellent news! A pair of hobbies have...
27 May 2013
After an incredible holiday in Arizona, adding plenty of colourful new birds to my life list, I'm fighting the jet lag and noticing through hazy eyes that spring has erupted while I've been away. It seemed quite strange coming home to see our gloves and winter clothes laying around from the cold...
8 May 2013
At last... some migrants!
I did some bird surveying in the good weather last week. It involved me standing at certain points, and noting what birds and how many I could hear. All to assess our woodland for birds. It's one of the nicest things I get to do, though it's not easy! At last, there are some migrants! I heard...
29 Apr 2013
Slowly slowly- spring is coming
With the winds turning to the south and a warmer feel to proceedings, the first spring migrants have slowly been appearing. After last weeks chiffchaff, several swallows were over the reserve at the weekend and sand martins have been in the local area as well.We are just waiting for our first willow...
16 Apr 2013
Photograher Alan Reynolds has just kindly sent me this splendid picture of a nuthatch, taken at the hide.The nuthatch wa s collecting moss and mud to line the nest it is building nearby.
11 Apr 2013
First spring bird is here.
Hurray- at last- a chiffchaff has arrived and it greeted me with its welcome and constant 'chiffchaff' call from the New Heath when I arrived at The Lodge this morning.This is the first confirmed report as far as I'm aware and its at least three weeks later than the usual arrival dates! It's...
10 Apr 2013
Has spring finally sprung?
After a weekend of sun and with even a little warmth in the air , a few things 'spring like' finally appeared in the area. On a walk around the Cambridgeshire countryside yesterday, I heard 5 chiffchaffs proclaiming their late arrival and a sulphur yellow brimstone butterfly flitted across the...
8 Apr 2013
On the 19th of october i was lucky enough to see the first recorded Fieldfare come and land in the trees just past the car park , there was a couple of red wings included, in this flock of migratory birds . We walked around the wood and saw greenwood pecker , buzzard , wren ,2 jays , numerous greenfinch...
21 Oct 2011
Birds this weekend
Still holding on to summer, hobbies are around the belt of pines on the new heath, along the track to the hillfort from the shop, although they can be in other areas of the reserve as well.A chiff chaff was calling today,unlike most migrants they do start to 'sing' as Autumn arrives and can be...
2 Sep 2011
Goldcrests at the Lodge today !
A very wet , dull and misty afternoon at the Lodge today, but at 3.45pm on the galley hill there were 2 Goldcrests showing very well and another 4 calling very close by. Just managed to get this year tick before the year end, well worth the walk.
28 Dec 2010
An exciting report of a woodlark today, on the new heath.We haven't had any reports recently so it is interesting that one is around now. The male wheatear was still on Sandy Ridge again this morning as well.
12 May 2010
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