|Lovely to see the Common Terns Sterna hirundo|
With showers yesterday and more rain forecast for Tuesday, it would seem that today was the obvious choice to pop over to Rutland Water for a couple of hours or so. What you might call a white morning; lots of white cloud in the otherwise blue sky and the water full of white birds including Mute Swans, a number of Lapwing and Oystercatchers and the occasional Shelduck along with the white flashes on the male Tufted Ducks whilst, above, no end of breeding Black-headed Gulls along with their ochre-tinted juveniles, but many others till on the provided nest boxes, a pair of Yellow-legged amidst roosting Great Black-backed Gulls and feeding Common Terns. Whereas no sign of the resident Ospreys on or over the water, as I made my way via the Lyndon Centre an individual crossed low over the road immediately in front of the car near the dam. As I said, a morning of white which was even found on the Chaffinch flashes, Coots' foreheads, necks of Canada Geese, the feeding Great Spotted Woodpecker and the very many Wood Pigeons. Looking at the above it might have been quicker to name the birds without a marked white area!
In addition to the above there were many sightings of the local Jackdaws along with a few Carrion Crows and a pair of Magpies (yet more white birds) feeding on the nuts at the Lyndon Centre along with both more Chaffinches and Tree Sparrows.
|Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major|
|Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis|
Blackbirds were recorded at the main feeding station along with both Blue and Great Tits, a single Robin and Dunnock and even a cock Pheasant put in an appearance. The Great Spotted Woodpecker was on the back feeders and almost hidden from sight behind the tall vegetation where also a Collared Dove was having a go at the feeders.
|Female Blackbird Turdus merula|
|The Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus family with young on back of the female|
|Male Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula|
|Even Greenfinches Carduelis chloris get hungry|
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Osprey, Coot, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
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