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  • Blog Post: Christmas greetings

    This will be my last post until 2015, as I'm heading away for Christmas and New Year on a birding trip to Kerala in South India. I'm looking forward to seeing plenty of new and colorful birds to add to my life list! My colleagues will add any sightings of note to this page while I'm away...
  • Blog Post: Stoat in action

    The day started with a stoat catching a rabbit right outside the Visitor Centre. A real close up view of wildlife in the raw, although I was pleased there were no young children in the vicinity at the time!. Most birders have had good views of a flock of around 30 redpolls near the hide today, with...
  • Blog Post: New birds on Sandy Heath

    I've mentioned before the work we are doing to encourage farmland birds, by planting seed crops on Sandy heath, the land we manage across the road from The Lodge. Over the last few months, we've seen up to seven stonechats and then a couple of whinchats arrived during autumn migration. There...
  • Blog Post: A small taste of winter

    It's not quite up to the standards of the bad weather recently seen in America, but at least we've had a touch of winter over the last couple of days. It's been lovely to see the sun giving a golden haze over the reserve after a frosty morning- and with some cracking sunsets as well. Numbers...
  • Blog Post: Autumnal news and images from The Lodge today

    I had a walk around the reserve this morning and in the light sunshine it felt more like early autumn than mid-November. A flock of over 30 redpolls flew from a large birch along the drive, lots of tits- including coal tits- chaffinches and greenfinches were active and feeding. Two song thrushes were...
  • Blog Post: Brambling arrives

    A fine male brambling in almost full summer plumage has been visiting the feeders across the drive from the shop today. It favours the feeder with black sunflower seeds. Around 70 fieldfares flew over the meadow and large flocks of redwing are on the reserve now. Brambling at The Lodge in 2013...
  • Blog Post: End of October?

    I mentioned a while ago how mild it was, and having just had a walk out on the reserve, I think it's even warmer now - and we are fast approaching November! The Discovery Day went very well last weekend and was very busy; several bank voles were found in the mammal survey traps held by the Beds...
  • Blog Post: Autumn birds start to appear

    Although it is remarkably mild this week- and especially today, there are signs of autumn around us. Flocks of redwings have been arriving from around the 12th October and are often seen and heard on the reserve now. The odd single fieldfare has been noted and several lesser redpolls and single siskins...
  • Blog Post: Discovery Day October 26

    I had a week away in the Lake District last week, and three great birds turned up in Bedfordshire! Firstly, a hoopoe at Willington, then even better (or rarer), a lesser grey shrike on nearby Biggleswade Common and then a dotterel, found by our very own Richard Bashford at Radwell pits. Luckily I did...
  • Blog Post: Chats on the heath

    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)
  • Blog Post: Bathing green woodpecker

    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...
  • Blog Post: Hairy shield-bugs and hobbies

    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...
  • Blog Post: Whinchats on migration

    Following my last post- I'm pleased to say that the hobbies are still around and have been seen here on the new heath again today. At the hide, 3 grey wagtails bobbed around the pool edges and were also seen on the brook at Biggleswade Common, just off the reserve. Also on the Common, whinchats have...
  • Blog Post: Last of the summer birds

    As we reach the middle of September, a few summer birds linger around the reserve. On Tuesday, we had stunning views of the hobbies on the new heath. At least one adult was skimming around, low and close to the path and Visitor Information Centre and passing food to a juvenile bird in mid-air. Both birds...
  • Blog Post: Heather and hobbies

    A flock of mistle thrushes has just flown past my office, and a robin is singing its melancholy call outside, which is a sure sign that we are approaching autumn! Fortunately, signs of summer are still around at The Lodge. The hobbies are still feeding two young on the edge of the new heath and have...
  • Blog Post: Peacock and butterfly extravaganza

    The hot July has bought us the welcome bonus of large numbers of butterflies and other flying creatures to the reserve. Flocks of peacocks in particular are quite amazing, with several hundred on Sandy Ridge alone. Scarcer species, such as purple hairstreak and silver- washed fritillary are being spotted...
  • Blog Post: Snakes and spott's

    Anthea, our Monday morning Visitor Centre volunteer had a surprise today as she stood outside the building, when a two foot grass snake slithered across the path towards the heath. There have been a few sightings here lately -I even managed to see one myself! The spotted flycatchers are settling down...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies and insects abound

    As the breeding season draws to a close (for most birds anyway) bird life Is now quietening down and the morning dawn chorus is over for another year. There's always some bird action though, a large group of swifts and several swallows were swooping over the new heath today and I watched as an adult...
  • Blog Post: Spotted flycatchers fledge.

    Karen, one of our Roving Ranger volunteers, headed out today to check on our nesting spotted flycatchers. There have been two nests, both in the same vicinity, in dead birch trees on the left hand side of the trail walking down towards the hide. The adults were still feeding at least two young today...
  • Blog Post: Update on the spotted flycatchers.

    Karen, one of our Roving Ranger volunteers, headed out today to check on our nesting spotted flycatchers. There have been two nests,both in the same vicinity, in dead birch trees on the left hand side of the trail walking down towards the hide. The adults were still feeding at least two young today in...
  • Blog Post: Toads, snakes and birds!

    I was pleasantly surprised to hear and see a cuckoo today. They tend to go quiet and stop calling at this stage of the summer- and some are already making their way back across Europe to their wintering grounds in Africa. A pair of hobbies are around the new heath, but are fairly elusive at times this...
  • Blog Post: Birds in June

    It's a while since I've written just about the birds, so here we are! We are hopeful that the spotted flycatcher's are still nesting in a dead birch along the trail to the hide. They seem to have abandoned their original nest which was in the same general area, and a regular visitor told...
  • Blog Post: Migrants galore!

    With spring migration now at its peak , The Lodge is alive with the calls and songs of many warblers. As I walked along the Firs Trail from the shop yesterday, willow warblers, chiffchaff along with garden warblers whitethroats and large numbers of blackcaps,were all loudly announcing their arrival....
  • Blog Post: Cuckoo calling

    Less then half an hour after writing yesterday's blog and mentioning that the first cuckoo of the spring would turn up any day - it did! One was heard calling on the new heath and then along Sandy Ridge- a most welcome sound! Image credit, RSPB images John Bridges.
  • Blog Post: Bluebells, birds and butterflies

    We are getting used to waking up to bright sunshine everyday at the moment- it makes a lovely change for the holiday period to be so nice! Migration is well under way and scarce tree pipits have been seen here recently, with one on the old heath on Monday. Blackcaps and willow warblers are here in...