Lockdown Diary: Monday 18.5.20

Ferry Meadows CP is rapidly filling up with people! To be perfectly honest, I miss the days when the car parks were closed, everyone and his/her dog were not running free, disturbing nesting swans and grebes, warblers and finches, and fishermen were no...

Ferry Meadows CP is rapidly filling up with people! To be perfectly honest, I miss the days when the car parks were closed, everyone and his/her dog were not running free, disturbing nesting swans and grebes, warblers and finches, and fishermen were not lining every side of every lake!
But the Nightingales are still singing, the odd Cuckoo is still calling and you can never stop the Whitethroats from their little bursts of scratchy warble. Again, there was a feeling this morning that nothing was really on the move. Adding new birds to my FMCP year list is becoming increasingly feels like we are entering the summer doldrums.
But I shouldn’t be too hasty in my judgement, as in previous years we have had some of the best stuff (birdwise) at this time of year. For instance, in 2013 Ferry Meadows had Black-necked Grebe, Common Scoter and White-winged Black Tern, all within a few days of each other, in mid-May.