The sun was shining despite the forecasted rain so up out of bed with a view to nipping over to my local patch at Rutland Water. However, no sooner have I sorted breakfast than I noticed that, outside, it is pouring with rain. Forget birding; spend time on the computer in the studio. But then , hours later, I became aware that the room seemed brighter and looked out to discover that the shies had almost cleared. No brainer really; quick coffee, make a take-out sandwich and off to Rutland Water just after midday.
|Lagoon 2, Rutland Water looking north from the Grebe Hide|
|Bewick's Swan Cynus columbianus|
|Grey Heron Ardea cinerea|
|Male Goldeneye Bucephala clangula above. Female blew.|
A very small flock of feeding House Sparrows were seen near the Badger Hide and then, from the Visitors centre, I picked up one of the two male Stonechat currently in residence. Finally to the feeding Station to gather in all the LBJs. But where they? Just on 3pm and the light was already disappearing so only a single Great Tit recorded; no finches or Blue Tits. Then, without a sound, a male Sparrowhawk swept in the area, briefly perched on top of a feeding support pole and departed straight ahead with out so much as a whisper. Come and gone quicker than Mercedes can change four wheels during a Grand Pix race! Good job I just happened to be looking at the empty feeder when the bird alighted but no chance of a photograph. So, in the end, an enjoyable couple of hours.
|Tufted Ducks Aythya fuligula|
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Bewick's Swan, Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Tufted Duck, Smew, Goldeneye, Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Great White Egret, Heron, Sparrowhawk, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Stonechat, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Crow, House Sparrow.
|Distant Great White Egret Egretta alba|
|Wigeon Anas penelope|
|Pintail Anas acuta|
|Teal Anas crecca|
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