Lockdown Diary: Tuesday 21.4.20

When we first moved to Peterborough, some 20 years ago, we lived in a different part of town (in the south-west) and Bird Watching magazine was in the centre of the city, just by the river (Nene). But I used to cycle to work along the Nene Valley Railw...

When we first moved to Peterborough, some 20 years ago, we lived in a different part of town (in the south-west) and Bird Watching magazine was in the centre of the city, just by the river (Nene). But I used to cycle to work along the Nene Valley Railway bordering the Nene. One of the first ‘decent’ birds I found on my way to work was a singing Nightingale at part of the Nene Park called Orton Mere. Since those days, Nightingales have become very sporadic and unusual visitors to the Nene Park area, particularly Ferry Meadows CP. So, it was great to hear a Nightingale in full song at Ferry Meadows this morning, on the dense scrubby and Hawthorn hedgy area called Coney Meadows, my first in the park for several years.
Other highlights (unheard of when I first moved to the city) included seeing two Red Kites sitting on two different nests around the park. Quite remarkable to witness such treasures on a whistlestop cycle before work!