|Little Egret Egretta garzetta|
Still a case of making the best of it as I headed over to the local patch at Rutland Water in dry weather this morning, arriving by 8.30 and the promise of later sunshine. Local Common Starlings playing around the chimney pots and then Rook, Crow and Magpie before hitting the car park (with my one eye this could have been a literal statement!) and welcomed by both Wood Pigeon and Jackdaw. Ere long I also added Blackbird to the list but the feeding station only provided Chaffinch and Blue Tit.
|First winter Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus|
|Wigeon Anas penelope|
|Grey Heron Ardea cinerea|
|Gadwall Anas strepera|
Finally, a stop to check out the North Arm but no sign of the ruddy Ruddy Duck that had been seen a few days earlier. However, the water was very busy and this was where most of the Tufted Ducks and Coots seem to have gathered along with both Greylag and a few Canada Geese. Again, no shortage of Wigeon, Teal and Cormorants along with both Little Egret and Heron. Scoping the far bank produced a pair of Barnacle Geese and a number of Lapwing and many, many Egyptian Geese. Both Little and Great Crested Grebe were also present and on checking the main water I not only found yet more Great Crested Grebes but also a pair of Black-necked Grebes.
|Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis|
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Red Kite, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.
|My word the Mute Swan Cygnus olor cygnets are growing fast|
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