A few days away at our favourite Bed and Breakfast at Bridge Cottage in Woodnewton, great food, great host, and great location resulted in a days birding at Rutland Water. We arrived at Rutland Water on the 5th November in showery weather but not to be dishearted we purchased our permits at £4 a time and then had a quick look at the birds from the Centre viewing area these were mostly wildfowl namely Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, Shelduck , and a couple of Ruddy Shelduck, Egyptian Goose, Canada Goose and 1 Little Egret. We decided on a walk to Gadwall hide before dinner seeing Slavonian, Little and Great Crested Grebes, Pintail, Mallard, Teal, and of course Gadwall from here. After a while we made our way to Goldeneye hide to find Black Necked Grebe, pity Red Necked wasn’t about. Back to the centre for dinner and then a move on to Redshank hide to see Jack Snipe and Water Rail both birds giving excellent views, a move then to the newer part of the reserve at the end of the day to see the gulls coming in Black Headed, Great Black Backed and Common were the only ones I picked out but I admit I’m no gull expert, other birds Little Egret, Pied Wagtail, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Coot, Moorhen
Rutland Water is a great place to bird watch and along with all the changes that are going on at the moment with new lagoons and flooded meadows this place will be awesome. See Sites tab for up to date news.
Bird List :-
Little Grebe plenty, Great Crested Grebe plenty, Slavonian Grebe (1), Black Necked Grebe (4 reported), Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Sawn, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Goldeneye, Goosander, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pheasant, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Herring Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Redwing, Blackbird, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Crow, Magpie, Starling, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch,Bullfinch, Tufted Duck, House Sparrow, Ruddy Shelduck, Jack Snipe, Red Kite (from the Motorway)