I generally write a blog about birds when we have some sightings away from the norm, but the most exciting bird I've seen at The Lodge recently may surprise you? Walking around RSPB HQ last Friday, I noticed a single female house sparrow amongst the shrubs, and after a second or two it dawned on me that we don't get sparrows on the reserve! In fact it's the only house sparrow I've seen here in almost 11 years, so a new one for my total Lodge list, which stood before at 106 birds. I was very happy!

   House sparrow Jenny Tweedie (rspb-images.com)

With patience a couple of bramblings are sometimes seen around the entrance feeders or under the chestnut tree near the visitor centre and the four crossbills were seen along the drive on Friday