Responsible Birding Diary, Thursday 17.9.20

 There was further good progress with my early morning Ferry Meadows CP sessions, today, with three particular highlights. Firstly, a Raven flew north over Gunwade Lake, then drifted toward the nearby Milton Estate (probably the first place Raven...

 

There was further good progress with my early morning Ferry Meadows CP sessions, today, with three particular highlights. Firstly, a Raven flew north over Gunwade Lake, then drifted toward the nearby Milton Estate (probably the first place Ravens bred around Peterborough). It was an odd-looking individual, as its tail was not fully grown, so it looked like the tail of a Carrion Crow (and made the large head and bill look even larger!). Luckily, my friend Andy was able to get some record shots which confirmed its identity.

Next a Dunlin came whizzing low over the water of the lake, banked, and whizzed off into the distance. This is only the second Dunlin I have seen at FMCP, this year.

The final highlight was what I believe was a 3rd-summer Yellow-legged Gull (though the age may be wrong). I was a bit sluggish getting my camera out, and by the time I could get any shots it was already a long way away, unlike when I first saw it bathing and being hassled by a Black-headed Gull. This is a fully fledged Peterborough area year year tick for me (I am now up to 174 species).