Lockdown Diary: Tuesday 7.7.20

Last night, for the first time in ages, I did a bit of ‘twitching’. Local twitching, of course. I went back up to the Baston and Langtoft pits (BLGP), to see a superb, breeding plumage Black-necked Grebe on the shallow pit we call the ‘wader pit’ there...

Last night, for the first time in ages, I did a bit of ‘twitching’. Local twitching, of course. I went back up to the Baston and Langtoft pits (BLGP), to see a superb, breeding plumage Black-necked Grebe on the shallow pit we call the ‘wader pit’ there. This particular shallow pit is only half a dozen years old, but has consistently delivered some amazing birds over the years (though it is a tad to flooded fat present or most waders, as such).
The Black-necked Grebe was always distant (too distant for photos), but still a very pleasing sight through the scope. Picture a tiny grebe, not much bigger than a Dabchick, with a jet black triangular head (on a jet black neck), with two inset rubies on fire as eyes, and wisps of gold strands on the cheeks. Very handsome indeed.
Also on that pit were a Little Ringed Plover, a Barnacle Goose (probably the one I never ‘tick’ which has been around there for a decade or more), a single fluffy Black-headed Gull chick (most juvenile BhGs there are flying around by now). A male Marsh Harrier drifted by.
Later, on the way home, I popped into Deeping Lakes LWT, where a new flock of 23 Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits were gathered on the east pit (plus the lone wolf individual godwit, hanging around separately). Also there were one or two Little Ringed Plovers. Just outside the reserve, I saw Little Owl and Barn Owl, to complete a decent evening expedition.