Saturday, 13 July 2019

Speed Birding

Saturday 13 July

Popped into InFocus at Rutland Water for, literally, a couple of minutes this morning for Mike to fix a replacement screw in the eye piece of my travel scope and, whilst outside his little shop, took a look at Lagoon 1.  Loads of Mallard and Tufted Duck  plus the resident Coot, Lapwing and Cormorants.  Both Black-headed Gulls and Common Terns along with the occasional; Sand Martin were flying around the water.  On the far side a small flock of Canada Geese were drifting past to add to the dozen or so that I passed on entering Egleton.  Even a single Egyptian Goose nearby and a couple of Moorhen but the big sighting was the Great White Egret that had just flown in from, presumably, a neighbouring lagoon.

Great White Egret Egretta alba
Outside at the feeding station were Blue and Great Tits along with a couple of Jackdaw.  Add on the many Wood Pigeons and some Starling, not to mention Carrion Crow and the Mute Swans on the main water and you soon realise that you have recorded 16 species in under five minutes.


Birds seen:
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Great White Egret, Moorhen, Coot, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, 



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