Lockdown diaries 23rd April

For someone who loves the outdoors, Lockdown is a trial. But it’s a small price to pay to save the lives of others. As the situation has gone on, I am starting to learn from friends that their loved ones have died. It’s a tide, gradually getting closer to home, and inconvenience is a small price to pay.

But I am fortunate to have a number of really wonderful walks I can take. Today’s was around my local lake. The Great crested grebes are there, although they have not mated this year – storm Dennis came in and literally seemed to blow the grebes out of the water.  But two lone grebes returned, and I suspect that both are female, although it’s really hard to tell. But on today’s walk one of the grebes caught a perch and swallowed it.  How grebes don’t rip their throats open swallowing a fish with sharp, erect spines is one of the mysteries of life.

great crested grebe swallowing perchBut then, just as we were returning home, a furious burst of song caught my attention. I don’t know what had made the female blackcap so indignant, but she was clearly furious with something. I just hope it wasn’t me.

female blackcap

All in all, I’d call that a decent set of wildlife encounters for a local walk

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