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Lockdown Diary: Thursday 18.6.20

Firstly, for those who are caught up in the gripping plot line of Peterborough council’s bin collection, it turns out they are coming next week, after all… Spoilers! This news encouraged me to go further with my light-gathering operations in the garden…

Lockdown Diary: Wednesday 17.6.20

Today was a day where I didn’t go beyond the garden for my wildlife fix. I popped out there at lunchtime and spent the whole time attacking a huge amount of brambles which have been smothering some of our fruit trees (figs, apples, and plums). Hazel su…

Lockdown Diary: Tuesday 16.6.20

A the weekend I acquired some Frogbit plants for our garden wildlife pond. I had been trying to clear some fo the duckweed from the surface for a while, and the addition of Frogbit (which look like small lily pads) has instantly made the surface of the…

Lockdown Diary: Sunday 14.6.20

It was a relatively quiet day for me, wildlife-wise, today. The highlights were my first Marbled White butterfly of the year, near Etton, Cambs. And this obliging Barn Owl, one of six I saw hunting along the Deeping High Bank (the banks of the Welland)…

Lockdown Diary: Saturday 13.6.20

There have been extraordinary numbers of singing Blyth’s Reed Warblers and Marsh Warblers in the country in the last week or two, including one or two at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire. So, I went to the closest the Peterborough area has to Wicken, Woodw…

Lockdown Diary: Monday 15.6.20

I was back at Ferry Meadows CP on my bicycle, this morning. Nothing particularly special to report, but I did hear a Cuckoo and a couple of male Cetti’s Warblers in full song, on the way home. The Nightingales have stopped singing (if they are still ar…

Lockdown Diary: Friday 12.6.20

The mistiness in the air and easterly wind promised good things at Ferry Meadows, this morning. Sadly, not ‘good’ new birds appeared. I did enjoy listening to a Cuckoo, however. Also, I saw my first independent Black-headed Gull juvenile of the year, f…

Lockdown Diary: Thursday 11.6.20

It was a quiet morning at Ferry Meadows. The highlight was a gathering of 6-10 Common Terns all picking from a small area of Gunwade Lake, like a scene from the Blue Planet in miniature, as they followed a ‘bait ball’ of small fish (I presume) just bel…

Lockdown Diary: Wednesday 10.6.20

It was raining quite heavily this morning (good for the garden etc), so I declined to cycle down to Ferry Meadows to continue my quest to see an Osprey there. Yesterday, I looked at some photos on a Flickr group of the ‘Ospreys’ seen on separate days i…