With the latest batch of government directives comes an effective end to the full lockdown and once again opens the doors to birding local drivable sights. How elated I was then to receive a phone call from Will Bowell this evening informing me of a Temminck’s Stint at Deeping Lakes, presumably freshly arrived this afternoon. I grabbed the car keys and was on the road not 5 minutes later. I arrived on the scene promptly and exited the car to a biting wind and glorious early evening sun. The bird was still there, obligingly meandering around the islands, ace! My first record of this wader (that I can remember) in Britain!
Oh… did I forget to mention there were also two Spoonbill on the same pit? Incredible how these birds could be present but not the stars of the show. It was a real joy to watch them feed and preen, views like this are almost mythical in the Peterborough area, and even more awesome that they were on the local reserve. It’s as if nature knew we were released from our cages at last and gave us a blast of adrenaline to kick start the engines we’ve had to subdue for so long.
I realise I’ve been offline over the lockdown period, quite intentionally. Didn’t feel quite right blogging about some pretty decent birds I’d seen but had to suppress for the greater good. Highlights of birds from the office window include Mallard, Cormorant and Mute Swan… all of which were new for the house list. The house martins are back in the nest under the eves outside Noah’s bedroom window and the swifts seem to be in good numbers. Same cannot be said for Swallow which appear to be on the light side this year, maybe it’s just me? The real star bird from the house was Peregrine late last week hunting hirundine. I was frustrated to miss out on no less than 3 flyby White-tailed Eagles – one of which came within a mile of the house but just out of view.
Here’s to the survivors of the lockdown birding blues and what remains of the Spring! Let’s hope it’s bountiful.