|Blue Tit Parus caeruleus|
Having arrived at the Visitors Centre it would seem a shame not to check out the feeding area even though I was only supposed to be out of the house for less than an hour. Lots of Chaffinches and Jackdaws about plus a number of Blue and Great Tits along with a few House Sparrows and a Robin. Checking out the repaired scope I took a look at the water in front where just the one Mute Swan was in residence along with a handful of Cormorants and probably a score or more Black-headed Gulls. Also on the water a couple of Coots along with Shelduck families, Tufted Ducks and Mallards. A whole raft of Greylag Geese and goslings drifted by whereas the Canada Goose was hunkered down in the grass to my right and the breeding Sand Martins hawked over the water.
|Marsh Tit Parus palustris to the left and Tree Sparrow Passer montanus to the right|
|Ospreys Pandion haliaetus on the Manton Bay nest with 3 chicks|
|Off you go Dad, the youngsters need a fish for lunch!|
For the very latest on the Rutland Ospreys you can watch the Manton Bay nesting activity on a live webcam. CLICK HERE for link and then click on the preferred camera.
|Both Ospreys with their 3 chicks on the nest at Manton Bay - from live feed|
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan,Shelduck, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Common Pochard, Osprey, Red Kite, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Sand Martin, Robin, Blackbird, Marsh Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Yellowhammer.
|The resident Tree Sparrows Passer montanus|
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