This afternoon I picked up the family to visit the RSPB Shop at the Lodge in Sandy. The weather offered a nice winter feeling as it was continuously snowing. RSPB Management blamed the severe weather for the closure of the Shop but the forest and the activity around the feeders was just very nice. The silent snowing didn’t seem to be that severe but things are working differently in Britain than in the rest of the Europe… as usual.
I have got two new birds to the year list. At the headquarter two Coal Tits visited the feeder with European Blue Tits and a Great Tit. Also the giant cedrus provided shelter to many songbirds including at least 3 Coal Tits. At the Shop lots of European Blue Tits, Great Tits, Common Blackbirds, Redwings, 3 Fieldfares, Long-tailed Tits, European Robins, Eurasian Nuthatch, Common Chaffinches, European Goldfinches, Eurasian Greenfinches and a single Great Spotted Woodpecker were seen.
On the way back home at the junction of the Bedford Road and the road to Hatch 14 Grey Partridges (grid: TL 154 488), 550 Common Wood Pigeons and 200 Redwings (grid: TL 154 487) were feeding on the snowy agricultural land. A bit further towards Bedford 4 Northern Lapwings (grid: TL 151 489) perched on the snowy grassland.
Year list is at 70.