An interesting, shortened morning as I stupidly put the camera in a rucksack and then forgot to take a spare battery so you all know what happened within the hour! But the week-end has been ma case of "taking coals to Newcastle" as they say. The very hot news around the Midlands is the arrival of seven, yes seven, Bee-eaters at the sand quarry at Old Leake and it very much looks as if a breeding record is on the way for this year. Heard this morning that 2,500 birders had visited the site over the week-end so jolly pleased that I see them in Spain and was not part of this human invasion.
All on target being up early enough to arrive at Rutland Water car park by a few minutes after 7.30 and proceeded to spend a couple or so hours checking out the northern lagoons before returning to the Visitors Centre and time for a chat with both both Tim Appleton and Mike in the InScope sales office. On arrival I was greeted by the usual assortment of Wood Pigeon, Starling, House Sparrow and Collared Dove but very, very few Jackdaw. A couple of Carrion Crows as I made my way down the approach road and even a few feeding House Martins. A Blackbird flew across the car park as I made my way down to the deserted feeding station; all very quiet so expected to see some good birds but, alas, just a handful of juvenile Blue Tits along with Dunnock and juvenile Robins.
|Male Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula|
|Little Egret Egretta garzetta|
|Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus|
|Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis|
|Mum and Dad Mute Swan Cygnus olor with family|
|Feeding Common Tern Sterna hirundo|
|I know they're suppose to be "ugly ducklings but are you one of mine?|
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Teal, Pochard, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Osprey, Red Kite, Moorhen, Coot, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Sand Martin, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Reed Warbler, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch.
|An apparently headless juvenile Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus|
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