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Winter’s mantle is mostly brushed off with just one pair of teal and Gadwall on the lake. The breeding season has started with one swan’s nest in visible. Woodland birds are proclaiming their territory.

Good year for blackcap, 11 males singing this year, 7 heard this time last year and 3 the year before. Wrens, willow warblers and chiffchaff are all adding their voices to the chorus and are about the same number as last year. The great spotted woodpeckers seem to be increasing, although it’s hard to tell as they keep moving around.

The full species list from RSPB's Bird Count at @ The Lough on 19th April 2014, are you ready?

Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal tit, Coot, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great spotted woodpecker, Great tit, Jackdaw, Jay, Lesser redpoll, Little grebe, Long-tailed tit, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan, Nuthatch, Reed bunting, Robin, Starling, Stock dove, Teal, Treecreeper, Willow warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren.

See if you can spot the names of our lodges in with the mix?

Our regular bird monitor for the RSPB, Trevor has invited any guest who would like an introduction to join his “introduction to bird spotting” on 25th June. If you are staying with us then please ask for details.