Lockdown Diary: Tuesday 18.8.20

 Deeping Lakes was a bit quiet, this morning, with the usual half-a-dozen Common Sandpipers and couple of Little Ringed Plovers. Two of the Common Sandpipers (one of which has a limp, and so has been rudely dubbed ‘Limpy’), seem to spend most of t...

 

Deeping Lakes was a bit quiet, this morning, with the usual half-a-dozen Common Sandpipers and couple of Little Ringed Plovers. Two of the Common Sandpipers (one of which has a limp, and so has been rudely dubbed ‘Limpy’), seem to spend most of their time chasing each other round the pit from island to island. Limpy seems mainly to be the ‘aggressor’ and the birds keep calling out a high, thin whistle which sounds more like one of those annoying dog whistles that annoying dog walkers have, than a typical Common Sandpiper call!

So, after a while, I drove home, via the pits just north of the village of Etton (northern Cambridgeshire), which have produced a few waders, recently. As it happens, I almost immediately found a Turnstone, sharing a tiny gravelly island with a Little Ringed Plover. Turnstones are scarce passage birds around here, so this was a good find!

Also there were a few Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper and a single Ringed Plover, plus lots of Yellow Wagtails (more than 20, anyhow).