|One sleepy Mute Swan signet representing the scores present|
So, arriving at Rutland Water before 8.30 on a cloudy, windy morning with the odd blue break I had just over two hours to see what I could. Straight to the road bridge at the western end of Manton Bay to confirm that the Ospreys were on their nest (this is probably the closest you can get and without a long walk but you do have to be careful in finding a safe place to park the car)and on the full water I also had Mallards, Coots and Great Crested Grebes. Lovely to see a Common Tern fishing in front of me followed by an incoming Little Egret and a single Great Tit in the nearby bushes.
|Juvenile Blue Tit Parus caeruleus at the nuts|
|A mixed bunch here. Can you find at least five species?|
|A "tatty" Lapwing Vanellus vanellus above and Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus and juveniles below|
|Time to leave the nest for this young Coot Fulica atra|
On to the Shoveler hide overlooking Lagoon 3 where I duly saw the species after which the hide was named along with more Mallards, Tufted Ducks, Teal and Gadwall. Add on Coots, Mute Swans and Great Crested Grebes and you get the general picture. Nearer the hide many just fledged Black-headed Gulls and a number of young Coots and Moorhens with their respective parents. At least five Little Egrets present and in the small pool to the left a single Common Sandpiper along with a pair of Green Sandpipers. Whilst all this was going on the movement immediately below me drew my attention to the Reed Warbler that was flitting about in the reeds and, finally, giving a better chance for a photograph.
|A trio of juveniles above and adult Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus below|
|Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus|
With two short of the forty mark I decided to take a quick look at the Burley Fishponds on my return journey home, even if the vegetation very much restricted good views. Fewer birds present than I expected, or saw last Sunday morning on my way down to Southampton, but turning right onto the Hambledon road I did have a Pied Wagtail on the verge and then, to my satisfaction I found a couple of flocks of Greylag Geese to reach the target plus many more Cormorants to supplement the individual seen earlier, go home and make a start on the washing so that it could be dried and ironed before the promised heavy overnight rain - and I did manage it! But do I count the Red Kite as I drove towards Empingham?
|Little Egret Egretta garzetta,now a very common sight on British waters|
Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Osprey, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Moorhen, Coot, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Sand Martin, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Bullfinch.
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