A windy, cloudy start to the day and with time running out before my return to Spain time to make another visit to Rutland Water, perhaps the last on this visit as we are off to the grand-daughter's wedding in the north of England this Friday and next week I hope to undertake my final birding trip of this stay with a visit to Eyebrook Reservoir. The occasional break in the cloud let through a very warm sun and, as always, no sooner had I returned home in the mid-afternoon than all cleared up to give a very warm and sunny end to the day! But at least I managed to find my expected minimum fifty species during the visit.
|Dunnock Prunella modularis in the undergrowth
As I drove alongside the reservoir and past Empingham a large flock of Rooks feeding on the recently harvested corn field and soon also both Carrion Crows and the usual hordes of Wood Pigeons. Naturally, I was greeted in the car park by the resident Jackdaws and a first stop at the feeding station produced both a Collared Dove and Moorhen along with numerous juvenile Blue and Great Tits accompanied by a smaller number of moulting adults and a couple of House Sparrows. A rather forlorn Dunnock appeared out of the undergrowth and then the first of a few juvenile Robins along the track accompanied by the occasional, also moulting, adult.
|A still handsome adult Robin Erithacus rubecula
|Eat up your worms and you. too, will grow into a handsome adult Robin!
|Not so many Tufted Ducks Aythya fuligula on show this week
|All three Great White Egrets Egretta alba seen within fifteen minutes
|One of at least eight Green Sandpipers Tringa ochropus
|All the Egyptian Geese Alopochen aegyptiacus seemed to be assembled in front of the Shoveler Hide
|Male and female (below) Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
|The quartering Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus over Lagoon 4
|Juvenile Shelduck Tadorna tadorna towering over the adult Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
|This time a solitary Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Heron, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Little Stint, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Herring Gull, Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Rook, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch.
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