|Jay Garrulus glandarius|
Arriving I was greeted by hordes of Jackdaws having already recorded both Magpie and Crows as I approached the reserve. With Rooks calling above e from the , relatively, small rookery and a Jay one of the first birds seen, by 9.30 I had seen all the corvids. No shortage of Blackbirds all morning but the only Common Starlings and House Sparrows were observed as I left Stamford for the short journey down to Rutland Water. Similarly, unlike my part of Spain, very much a case of no shortage of Wood Pigeons to be seen everywhere.
|Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus|
|Dunnock Prunella modularis|
|Mute Swan Cygnus olor|
|Male Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula (above) and female below|
A walk to the neighbouring "Crane" and "Lapwing" hides turned up single flying Heron and the first of two Wrens seen during the morning. Then it was back to the Visitors Centre and on to the "Mallard" hide overlooking Lagoon 1. The only new bird added was a single Little Grebe.
|A deightful little "Jenny" Wren Troglodytes troglodytes|
|Male Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus|
|Shots of the rapidly declining Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella|
Only about three hours on site but most enjoyable and so many birds that are taken for granted here, e.g. Dunnock, Robin, Mute Swan and Tufted Duck that are not on my regular viewing list back in Spain. So I am very much looking forward to a repeat visit next week no matter how many Wood Pigeons and Magpies put in an appearance
Geese on show:
|Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus (above) and Greylag Goose Anser anser (below)|
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow Rook, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting.
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