|Great Spotted Woodpeckers Dendrocopus major|
With the continuing hot weather back in the UK and still not adjusted to the "hour behind", I was up at 5 and arrived at my local patch, Rutland Water, a few minutes after 6. The hope was to get in a couple of hours birding before it became unbearable hot. It seemed a good idea at the time as I passes a Red Kite and also recorded Crows, Rooks and Jackdaws along with local Blackbirds and Wood Pigeons but, upon arriving and reaching the Shoveler Hide overlooking lagoon 3 where a Bittern has reported a couple of days previously I realised my folly. Not only was the very bright sun low in the sky but shining directly into the hide.
|Nesting Common Terns Sterna hirundo|
|Mute Swans Cygnus oloe and signs of domestic bliss|
|Male Common Pochard Aythya ferina|
A total of three Great Spotted Woodpeckers Dendrocopus major at the feeding station
A quick stop at Burley Fishponds produced a number of Cormorants, Tufted Duck and a couple of Greylag Geese in addition to the hen Peacock and her five off-spring that were walking along the lane. Leaving, a Pied Wagtail moved off the road.
Then it was back home taking the anti-clockwise circuit which produced an Osprey perched on the platform above its nest in Manton Bay and a brief stop at the Lyndon Centre confirmed Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Tree Sparrow feeding on the feeders. All in all, a relatively successful visit which saw me back in Stamford before 9 o'clock before the sun got too hot, and I still had to tackle the back lawn which now resembled a jungle with grass standing over 50cm high, having recorded 42 species and not a Common Starling nor Dunnock in sight.
Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Osprey, Red Kite, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
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