Old Lodge

My first trip to Ashdown Forest was a bit uneventful bird-wise, although it was a pleasant walk with Tracey around Old Lodge Nature Reserve. With leaden skies and a brisk wind it was perhaps unsurprising, although still remarkable, how quiet it was, not even a Robin or Wren heard for most of the trip, and only 19 species recorded, three of which were on a bird feeder in someone's garden. A Meadow Pipit was the first bird recorded. There were small flocks of Siskin and Goldfinch, a fairly large flock of thrushes too distant for an ID (a few Redwing seen later suggested that was what they were), 2 each of Green Woodpecker and Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jays, a Goldcrest heard, and a very distant Buzzard. Brief glimpses of a distant pale bird could have been a Barn Owl.

Old Lodge Nature Reserve


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