Still very hot here in the UK but, at least, some cloud cover this morning although still and about in short-sleeve shirts and shorts. Different approach to Rutland Water this morning as I took the clockwise circuit of the lake so that I could call in at Lindon. No sign of any Tree Sparrows but, in addition to the big, fat rat that was feeding on the grass path less then three metres away, Magpie, Wood Pigeon and a good number of both Great and Blue Tits. Both Chaffinch and Blackcap visited the feeders and on the water itself I could see plenty of Mute Swans and a small flock of Canada Geese. A Common Tern flew past as did Black-headed Gull and a few Cormorants and then the arrival of a feeding party of a score or more Common Starlings including mainly juveniles (perhaps a "Starling School outing to the Bird Reserve!).
|Ospreys Pandion haliaetus|
Leaving Lindon I mad a quick stop on the bridge over the ingress to Manton Bay and was able to see the Osprey pair enjoying their morning breakfast, so that's another Rainbow Trout that won't be caught by the anglers! Also first opportunity to use the new Canob SX60 camera and try and sort out how it performs. Early days!
Then it was on to the main car park where, as usual, I was welcomed by the local Jackdaws and Wood Pigeons. At the feeding station mainly Blue and Great Tits, including many juveniles, along with Blackbird, a single Dunnock at the far end, House Sparrow and a juvenile Robin plus Gold, Green and Chaffinches.
|Male Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs|
|One of many Lapwing Vanellus vanellus|
Once inside the Sandpiper Hide overlooking Lagoon 4 I soon found a large flock of Greylag Geese and a good number of Black-headed Gulls. In addition, no shortage of Lapwing and at least a quintet of Carrion Crow scavenging along the island shores. A couple of Common Tern feeding over the water and to my far left just a pair of Great Black-backed Gulls noted. On the other hand, I did record a handful of Oystercatchers, a single Shelduck and a two pairs of Great Crested Grebe.
|Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus chick still begging to be fed|
|Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus on beach patrol at Rutland Water|
|If you need a bodyguard then a Little Egret Egretta garzetta with a very pointed beak makes a good substitute!|
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Grey Partridge, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Osprey, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Sand Martin, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch.
|One of the breeding Common Tern Sterna hirundo at Rutland Water|
|Mute Swan Cygnus olor with four of her five cygnets|
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