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Sea swallows in the Country Park

August 4, 2015 – 7:11 am |

The common tern is a bird that seems to hang from the sky on invisible threads, such are its powers of flight. Of any bird I’ve ever watched this is the one that appears to …

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

January 18, 2015 – 11:31 am |

Don’t forget that the annual Big Garden Bird Watch takes place over the weekend of 24/25th January.  Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of our countryside so surveys of this kind are …

Vis Mig Watch

October 28, 2014 – 11:39 am |

At 6.30 this morning, intrepid local birder, Bob Hook arrived at Folly Wood in Lidlington to carry out a Visible Migration (or Vis Mig) Watch. I’ve lurked on the periphery of the birding world for …

Best sighting of the week?

September 23, 2014 – 1:08 pm | One Comment

My best sighting of the week was not one, not two but three buzzards, lazily circling on thermals, high above Wiles Wood.  As they slowly drifted towards Van Diemens Land, I could hear their plaintive, …

White cormorant in the Park

September 9, 2014 – 10:23 am |

A rather unusual sighting last Saturday 6 September, next to the Pillinge Lake, was this white cormorant, photographed by regular visitor, Mark King. We think it’s a form called leucistic rather than an albino as …

Autumn bird walk – book now

September 3, 2014 – 8:27 am |

There’s still time to book a place on this Saturday morning’s Autumn Bird Walk in the Millennium Country Park. There’s no need to be an expert – an interest in the wildlife of the Country …

Wings to the wall

May 21, 2014 – 7:00 am | 2 Comments

 
It was only last week that I found myself in the lovely new bird hide admiring stunning views across the Pillinge lake. As I glanced over to the artificial sand martin wall I noticed a …

Still time to catch the chorus

May 7, 2014 – 5:30 pm | 2 Comments

If you missed last Saturday’s bird walk, you missed a cracker! And if you regret that, there’s still time to hear the glory of a dawn chorus in the Country Park, albeit at a slightly …

Hurrah for the harrier

May 7, 2014 – 12:56 pm |

One of the key species that the Park reedbeds hoped to attract when they were designed in the 1990s, was marsh harrier. Increasingly, with the maturity of the reedbeds marsh harriers sightings have become more …

Dawn chorus chiller

May 6, 2014 – 8:44 am |

At 3.15am on Saturday, still warm from bed, adding a third pullover seemed unnecessary but I’m glad I did. It was windscreen scrapingly cold. By the time I reached the Forest Centre at 4.15am there …

Doing the dawn chorus

April 29, 2014 – 5:00 pm |

There is still time to ruin your weekend! Take this opportunity to spend Saturday propping up your eyelids and fighting the urge to fall asleep in your lunch. Book now for our Dawn chorus bird …

Bittern by the birding bug

February 4, 2014 – 7:11 pm | 3 Comments

Last Saturday’s bird walk wasn’t particularly out of the ordinary until the group of 15 reached the hide overlooking the Pillinge Lake. Volunteer leaders, Bob, Neil and Tony have led lots of walks around the Country …

Bird walk – still time to book

January 29, 2014 – 9:05 am |

The forecast for Saturday 1 February is good, there are some interesting birds about – great northern diver, green sandpiper (cor!) but actually there’s always plenty to see at the Millennium Country Park and it’s just great …

Sandpiper in a scrape

January 29, 2014 – 7:05 am |

Anna and Bob reported something akin to birdy ecstasy last weekend, in the form of a  long-legged bird spotted in a muddy hole in the centre of the Wetlands at the Millennium Country Park. This may, to the …

Waders in a scrape

November 6, 2013 – 9:13 am |

As autumn came and the rain started to fall after a warm and sunny summer, we got the chance to see if our recently dug wader scrapes were going to hold water. We were delighted …

Another birding success

May 15, 2013 – 8:27 am | One Comment

As my friend Holly was a keen bird watcher, I suggested she join me on the Bird Walk.  We arrived just before 7 to meet about 10 others and the brilliant Bird Experts – Bob …

Bittern news

May 8, 2013 – 3:38 pm | 3 Comments

Thanks to Mark King who is either extremely lucky or (more likely), a brilliant photographer, we are able to share this amazing image of a bittern taken in the wetlands last Saturday afternoon.
Mark photographed a bittern …

Up with the Lark

May 7, 2013 – 9:20 am | One Comment

Well actually, earlier than the lark.  My alarm went off at 3.45 am and I was wondering, not for the first time, whether I was in my right mind!  As I drove to the Forest …

Buzzards moving in?

April 17, 2013 – 1:42 pm | 4 Comments

Twenty five years ago this would have caused such a stir! Buzzards then were birds of the uplands, seen fairly commonly over moorland of Wales and Devon, Yorkshire and Cumbria, but not in Bedfordshire. How …

Early migrants – or not!

April 10, 2013 – 6:00 am |

I turned up at the Forest Centre early on Saturday morning to join a group of eager bird watchers.  We were hoping to see some early migrants but, because of the unseasonably chilly weather of late, …



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