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Lockdown Diary: Tuesday 25.8.20

 I was sitting watching a bit of telly, this evening (at about 7 o’clock), after a day stuck indoors, owing to the horrific high winds. But I got a call from my friend Don who believed he had found a Shag at Ferry Meadows CP, on Overton Lake. I th…

Lockdown Diary: Monday 24.8.20

 It was back to fruit picking for Ed (I am surprised he can even look a blueberry in the eye, these days!), and I was once again early on, at Deeping Lakes. Nothing much to report there, so I headed to the Baston and Langtoft pit complex (BLGP), w…

Lockdown Diary: Sunday 23.8.20

 I visited Tanholt Pits, Cambs, today. I think it is technically called Eye Quarry or even America’s Farm pits, but we birders call it Tanholt, probably you park outside the entrance to Tanholt Farm, just south of Eye. Anyhow, the main pit which h…

Lockdown Diary: Saturday 22.8.20

 We were back filming at Deeping Lakes LWT again, this morning. Mark and I were joined by friend Will Bowell who has been coming to DL since before it was called DL, and has had it as his local patch since he was 13 (ie 20 years ago). So, he was a…

Lockdown Diary: Friday 21.8.20

 Bird Watching magazine started our Back Garden Birdfest today, and I tried to do a bit of live birdwatching at Deeping Lakes (filmed by BW art editor Mark Cureton and video genius, Jake Kindred). It was the first time I had seen these guys since …

THE WEDNESDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Lana TurnerAlice FayeConstance BennettDixie LeeDonna ReedEva Marie SaintIsa MirandaJoan CrawfordJean KentJayne MansfieldLilyan TashmanMary AstorAnne BaxterMitzi GaynorLori NelsonAugust 15, 1933 — August 23, 2020Have a glamorous Wednesday!

THE TUESDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Paul MuniAlan LaddDick PowellFranchot ToneJohn GilbertJames MasonJames StewartMario LanzaRicardo CortezRobert TaylorStewart GrangerVan HeflinVan JohnsonWilliam HoldenYul BrynnerHave a glamorous Tuesday!

THE MONDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Veronica LakeAva GardnerAnita LouiseAnn MillerBrigitte BardotCarol LynleyEleanor ParkerElla RainesJayne MansfieldJane RussellLizabeth ScottMarie PrevostStella StevensTaina ElgVivien LeighHave a glamorous Monday!

THE FRIDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Greta GarboAnn SheridanCarole LombardCarole LandisDebbie ReynoldsDiana WynyardEva Marie SaintJoan FontaineJanet LeighLinda ChristianLana TurnerMartha HyerMaria MontezPublicity photo for Cobra Woman (1944)Olivia de HavillandUna MerkelHave a glamorous Fr…

Lockdown Diary: Thursday 20.8.20

I was back at a Deeping Lakes packed with birds, this morning. There was nothing particularly special, just a lot of birds! little Ringed Plover juveniles had increased to 3, and there was a nice, neat juvenile Common Gull (which is not a very common p…

Lockdown Diary: Wednesday 19.8.20

 It was good to be back on my bike, this morning, heading down to Ferry Meadows CP, once more, first thing. There was nothing sensational to report, but still very pleasan,t with plenty of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers calling from here and ther…

Lockdown Diary: Tuesday 18.8.20

 Deeping Lakes was a bit quiet, this morning, with the usual half-a-dozen Common Sandpipers and couple of Little Ringed Plovers. Two of the Common Sandpipers (one of which has a limp, and so has been rudely dubbed ‘Limpy’), seem to spend most of t…

Lockdown Diary: Monday 17.8.20

 After delivering the fruit-picker, I was once more at Deeping Lakes, this misty moisty morning. It felt ‘very birdy’, but it was a case of the usual suspects. Until, that is at 7.25, i heard the unmistakable call of a Whimbrel, and a30 seconds la…

Lockdown Diary: Sunday 16.8.20

 When I arrived at Deeping Lakes LWT this morning, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull was on the central ‘rock island’, found a short while earlier by my friend Will. It didn’t stay long, though, and departed east at 7.35am.Juvenile Mediterranean Gull,…

Lockdown Diary: Saturday 15.8.20

 The Brent Goose was again grazing just east of Deeping Lakes LWT this morning. The other highlights around the reserve included a couple of Little Ringed Plovers, Kingfisher and lots of Swifts bombing about (for the first time in a while). Best o…

Lockdown Diary: Friday 14.8.20

It was cold, cloudy and windy, with a breeze from the north today at Deeping Lakes LWT (Lincs). The change in the weather brought a few changes to the birds on the east pit. There was a new Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Redshanks (also new), 2 juven…

Lockdown Diary: Thursday 13.8.20

 With all the passerine action on the east coast at the moment, I thought a trip to Castor Hanglands NNR a little west of Peterborough was in order (to seek the likes of Redstart, Whinchat, Tree Pipit or Pied Flycatcher). I arrived about 6.30 and …

Lockdown Diary: Wednesday 12.8.20

It is scarily hot out there, today. No wonder our two larger ponds have become very popular with the local birds. I went out just now to see a flock of half a dozen Long-tailed Tits (part of a bigger family group) gathered together on the branches at o…

THE THURSDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Hedy LamarrAngela LansburyAnn SothernBebe DanielsCarole LandisHelene ChadwickIngrid BergmanJane FondaKathryn GraysonLupe VelezMartha HyerMarion MartinMaria MontezOlivia de HavillandRosalind RussellHave a glamorous Thursday!

THE WEDNESDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Carroll Baker at the premiere of The Carpetbaggers (1964)Carole Lombard and Clark Gable at a premiereDick Powell and June AllysonHedy Lamarr and James Stewart at the races, 1939Henry Wilcoxon and Gloria Swanson on set of Sunset Boulevard (195…

THE TUESDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Alan LaddCary GrantClaude RainsGeorge BrentGeorge RaftMontgomery CliftPaul NewmanRicardo CortezRory CalhounRex HarrisonRobert WagnerTom DrakeWarren BeattyWilliam HoldenYul BrynnerHave a glamorous Tuesday!

THE MONDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Claire DoddAva GardnerPublicity photo for One Touch of Venus (1948)Anita LouiseAnn SothernCyd CharisseFay WrayGeraldine DvorakHedy LamarrJoan FontainePublicity photo for Ivy (1947)Jean HarlowMichele MorganMaria MontezOlivia de HavillandPatricia Morison…

THE FRIDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Carroll BakerAdrienne AmesAnna StenAnne ShirleyBette DavisGloria JeanGinger RogersGreta NissenJanet LeighJeanette MacDonaldPublicity photo for New Moon (1940)Jean ParkerLilli PalmerOlivia de HavillandRita HayworthPublicity photo for Gilda  (1946)V…

15 MORE CLASSIC FILMS FOR ISO-VIEWING!

My previous post in April: 10 Classic Films for Iso-Viewing was popular, being the most-viewed post so far this year! Thank you! So now we are in lockdown yet again due to COVID-19, here are my personal recommendations for another 15 classic …

THE THURSDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Cesar RomeroDennis MorganDick PowellFred MacMurrayFranchot ToneGeorge NaderJohn PayneJohn SaxonMelvyn DouglasMichael RedgravePeter LawfordStewart GrangerTab HunterTom DrakeWilliam Powell Have a glamorous Thursday!

Lockdown Diary: Tuesday 11.8.20

The day started quietly. There was a nice cool mist still hanging in the air, which sometimes bodes well for local birding. But Deeping Lakes produced just a Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper and one or two Common Sandpipers. At 9am, though, when I was …

Lockdown Diary: Monday 10.8.20

 It was a fruit-picking day for Eddie again, so I was up with the lark and out birding early. Along the continuation of the road which follows the River Welland between Crowland and Spalding (south Lincs), I encountered a few flocks of Yellow Wagt…

Lockdown Diary: Saturday 8.8.20

I had a stroll down the ‘central drove’ of the Nene Washes RSPB reserve, a little little east of Peterborough, this afternoon. All the breeding waders (Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Snipe and Redshank) have already departed, as have pass…

Lockdown Diary: Saturday 8.8.20

Today, I bit the bullet and went up to the Peak District to finally see the Lammergeier aka Bearded Vulture which has been hanging around the area. One of the best things about living in Peterborough is how close many places are; and it only took a cou…

Lockdown Diary: Friday 7.8.20

I got a new MV bulb in the post, so was able to put out two Skinner moth traps (one with the 125MV bulb, which is extremely bright and one with a 40W actinic bulb, which is a fluorescent tube). Highlights included a Least Carpet, which is a scarce moth…

Lockdown Diary: Thursday 6.8.20

Of course, I had to visit Deeping Lakes after the early morning fruit farm trip. But it was business as usual, there, with 5 Common Sandpipers once again. More exciting that the sandpipers was a visit by a Red Kite. It swooped down, talons spread, to o…

THE WEDNESDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Joan CrawfordAdrienne AmesAnna StenBarbara PaytonCarroll BakerCleo MooreFrances FarmerPublicity photo for Son of Fury (1942)Ginger RogersHedy LamarrIrene DunneJean HarlowJeanette MacDonaldLucille BremerMaureen O’SullivanOlivia de HavillandHave a glamor…

THE TUESDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Lena HorneAnn BlythClara BowClaudette ColbertEleanor ParkerGloria StuartHedy LamarrIlona MasseyJean HarlowJeanette MacDonaldLinda DarnellLilli PalmerMamie Van DorenNancy CarrollOlivia de HavillandHave a glamorous Tuesday! 

THE MONDAY GLAMOUR 15!

Shelley WintersAnn RutherfordBarbara StanwyckCarole LombardCarole LandisElissa LandiGwili AndreIsa MirandaJobyna RalstonKaren MorleyLyda RobertiLana TurnerOlivia de HavillandPiper LaurieVirginia BruceHave a glamorous Monday!