Back to Spain today but no need to leave Stamford until about 2.30pm so time for a quick dash down to my local UK patch at Rutland Water. Even some breaking sunshine as I arrived at 9.30 for a ninety minute anti-clockwise circuit of the water taking in Burley Fishponds, the Visitors Centre and Lyndon.
A number of Mute Swans viewed from the main road as I approached the turn off to the reserve and more seen once on site at Burley Fishponds. To my left a few Black-headed Gulls, Cormorants and a plentiful supply of Wigeon along with at least a dozen Great Crested Grebes. Carrion Crows and Wood Pigeons above me and looking at the main water no shortage of Tufted Duck along with a Great White Egret on the far bank. A good supply of Canada Geese both on the near bank and flock in the air. As I watched the Canada Geese fly away right I also noticed the large flock of Lapwing flying left towards the reserve proper.
|A few of the many Canada Geese Branta canadensis|
|Pheasant Phasianus colchicus with Robin Erithacus rubecula to front|
|Male Blackbird Turdus merula|
Returning for a last look at the feeding station I first heard then saw some of the local Rooks whilst on the feeders a visit from a Coal Tit.
As soon as I arrived at Lyndon I was greeted by a departing Magpie and then walking round to view the feeders I was welcomed by a half-dozen Mallard and a departing Moorhen. Lots of Blue and Great Tits along with Goldfnches making use of the provided seed and then a visit from the local Willow Tit whilst the Robin watched all the activity from afar and a a lone Grey Squirrel did its best to, unsuccessfully, find a way into the long, round, plastic feeder before finally falling off! Another Coal Tit and a Lesser Black-backed Gull flying overhead with Gadwall on the water of Manton Bay.
|Dunnock Prunella modularis|
Time pressing on son on towards Stamford and finding a resting Kestrel within minutes of leaving the site. A short stop at the dam revealed a small flock of Tufted Ducks, more Great Crested Grebes and a single feeding Little Grebe. The "missing" bird was found on the opposite side of the water on our way towards East Midlands Airport when a Red Kite appeared immediately overhead.
|Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula pair (top) with Coots Fulica atra|
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pintail, Tufted Duck, Smew, Goosander, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Great White Egret, Red Kite, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.
|Hen Pheasant Phasianus colchicus - cold or just right for the oven?|
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