Lockdown Diary: Saturday 4.7.20

It was more than a tad windy (and not a little rainy), today, so butterlfy-watching was just about out of the question, and birding was somewhat limited. I took a trip up to Deeping Lakes LWT, though (much of the viewing is screened, so somewhat protec...

It was more than a tad windy (and not a little rainy), today, so butterlfy-watching was just about out of the question, and birding was somewhat limited. I took a trip up to Deeping Lakes LWT, though (much of the viewing is screened, so somewhat protected from the elements.
Highlights were are single Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit, and singles of Little Ringed Plvoer andCommon Sandpiper. A Hobby was flying around catching insects in the same air space as a very decent flock of Swifts (which seemed unperturbed by the falcon’s presence). I counted six Egyptian Geese, in this, their main stronghold in the Peterborough area. Ten years ago, they were very scarce, locally, but at DL, in particular breeding is at least attempted annually.
Talking of breeding attempts, there is only one Common Tern nest still active, the rest having been abandoned or predated, and even the Lesser Black-backed Gulls seem to have given up the breeding season as a bad lot, this year. A couple of days ago, there was asingle Gadwall duckling following its mother. Sadly, even that seems to have gone, now.
On a more cheery note, I saw a singing Corn Bunting further north and east along the banks of the Weland (NE of Crowland), at a place I had not previously seen or heard one.