Lockdown Diary: Saturday 11.4.20

Another lovely, warm, sunny day at Ferry Meadows CP, and so strange to not see the whole park heaving with partying, playing friends and families, barbecues and ball games. Instead it was dog walkers, joggers, walkers and cyclists. And birds, lots of b...

Another lovely, warm, sunny day at Ferry Meadows CP, and so strange to not see the whole park heaving with partying, playing friends and families, barbecues and ball games. Instead it was dog walkers, joggers, walkers and cyclists. And birds, lots of birds. For the first time there were two Common Terns, clearly a pair (one ringed and one unringed). The male would go off an catch a fish to impress his mate and do a bit of classic wings down, tail raised, head up display on its chosen marker buoy.
A park year tick for me was a Yellow Wagtail which briefly dropped in to the small, gravelly beach of Gunwade Lake, by the Lakeside café. Other highlights included a fly-over Siskin and some wonderful displaying Great Crested Grebes.
Great Crested Grebes, Gunwade Lake, Ferry Meadows CP

A night listening session in our garden was superb, once the neighbours had quietened down. Highlights were my third Water Rail over in the week or so, plus a Moorhen flying directly south-west over the garden (which I managed to record, and will post a sound file of when I work out how!).