Lockdown Diary: Wednesday 19.8.20

 It was good to be back on my bike, this morning, heading down to Ferry Meadows CP, once more, first thing. There was nothing sensational to report, but still very pleasan,t with plenty of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers calling from here and ther...

 

It was good to be back on my bike, this morning, heading down to Ferry Meadows CP, once more, first thing. There was nothing sensational to report, but still very pleasan,t with plenty of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers calling from here and there. Also, there are still loads of woodpeckers calling (mainly Green but also Great Spotted in numbers).

Apart from a Lesser Whitethroat, arguably the most interesting birds were Ring-necked Parakeets. It is still moot whether these birds are ‘tickable’ in these here parts. There is a strong argument that as one of the adult birds, and presumably the father or mother of recent rbroods is blue and has lots of plastic rings, it came out of a cage, and so its offspring are the direct descendants of a cagebird, thus dampening my urge to tick them. Anyhow, I saw a flock of 11 flying over (including a yellow one!) thiw morning, followed soon after by a further 3. So, there are a minimum of 14 parakeets in teh park at the moment. Surely, a self-sustaining feral population is in Peterborough, if not now than next year…

At lunchtime, I popped into the garden for a cuppa. I tried to investigate some tapping sounds (which turned out to be Great tits trying to break open hazelnuts), and while I was searching, I saw an adult male Blackcap furtively working through one of the bushes. It has been a good year for warblers in our garden!