The final stop was at Rutland Water at the Osprey Viewpoint on the way back home after a brief family visit into Dorset. Around the visitor centre feeders Chaffinch, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, and my first of the year Willow Warbler calling. The walk down to the viewing hide and once again there now seems to Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs a plenty, the Ospreys were easily seen, the female was on the nest site and the male was nearby, he soon gave flight and gave a few dives, but no fish were caught so it seemed he was having a wash off before he gave flight off the reserve. As this was only a stop off on the road to home I didn’t hang around for long and I was soon on the road again, always like Rutland maybe next time it will be a day visit
Birds at Rutland Water :- Blackbird, Blackcap, Black headed Gull, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Great crested Grebe, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Mute Swan, Osprey, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Reed Bunting, Rook, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon (29 Species)
The Grand Tour Bird List inc seen on Travels (85 Species)
Avocet, Barn Owl, Bar tailed Godwit, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black headed Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Brent Goose, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Collard Dove, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Garganey, Golden Plover, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Grey Plover, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jack Snipe, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Knot, Lapwing, Lesser Black backed Gull, Linnet, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Long tailed Tit, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Meadow Pipit, Mediterranean Gull, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Osprey, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied wagtail, Pintail, Pochard, Red Kite, Red crested Pochard, Red legged Partridge, Redshank, reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Rook, Ruff, Sand Martin, Sanderling, Sandwich Tern, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove, Swallow, Teal, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren
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