Dingy Skipper Butterfly took some finding but they eventually came out, after about an hour of me being on site, Small Heath Butterfly were very much in evidence along with Green veined White. Mother Shipton Moth along with Common Carpet Moths were in good numbers and the Thick thighed Flower Beetles seem to be having a good year. As the day went on more butterflies were evident and it took a while before the Brimstones’ were out, no Common Blues as of yet but a fly by Holly Blue was nice.
Lots of Cranefly on the wing mianly Tipula vernalis but a Spotted Cranefly was a nice find and my first Hairy Shieldbug of the year which did take some finding.
Birds of note were Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap
Dasysyrphus albostriatus hoverfly, new for site, breeding Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Swift thru on the 14th, Willow Warbler on the 24th and a fly thru Holly Blue butterfly… on Nature on a Lunch Break, see the page HERE to see more highlights
A great start to the day, lovely breakfast at Laundimer House, so with a full belly I was back on the road heading up to Egleton and the Birdwatching Centre at Rutland Water.
The weather was better than yesterday and there was more people out. In to the reserve and I soon picked up a Cettis Warbler calling along with a Reed Warbler and Whitethroat, a good start to the day.
Fine weather was with me and I was soon picking up on a few insects, Green Longhorn Moth, Scorpion Fly, Epistrophe eligans hoverfly, and a few Tipula varipennis Craneflies as I made my way up to Lagoon 4 for some wader action.
Out on Lagoon 4 were a few Oystercatchers, nice to see a few Avocet, Shelduck, lots of Swift, Swallow, Sand and House Martins again, a few waders nice to see a Sanderling in summer plumage, Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, and Dunlins, Common Terns and a few gull species Black headed, Lesser Black backed, and Herring but a Goldeneye was a surprise, and Little Egret are nice to see.
I then had a wonder around to the other hides picking up on a Marsh Harrier and Egyptian Geese
Arriving at the Lyndon Reserve end of Rutland Water in the rain it didn’t hold out for a good day. However I was soon on my way after purchasing my permit, now a concession blimey how age creeps up, I was greeted to a wonderful sight of hawking Sand Martins, House Martins, Swallows and Swifts around the visitor Centre hunting out the midges to feed upon with Garden Warbler singing away behind me as I watched this wonderful spectacle, I tried looking for the Garden Warbler with no success even thou it must have been with in a couple of feet of where I was standing, I did find however a Green Longhorn Moth.
Out into the reserve hearing Whitethroat, Blackcap, Wren and also Cuckoo as I made my way to the hides, first stop being the Deep Water Hide, here were plenty of Swallows, Swifts, Hose Martins and Sand Martins, with Cormorant, Mute Swan, Mallard, Common Terns, Great Crested Grebes, Lesser Black backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, and Black headed Gulls
Moving on then down to the Tufted Duck hide where I had the addition of Coot and Woodpigeon, I was soon off as there was very little here to see and ended up at the Waderscrape Hide, Osprey. It was not totally throwing it down outside but there was one Osprey out on a nearby post from the nest, eating fish and getting very, very wet.The rain did ease off a little and I mangaed to pick up a Male Reed Bunting.
The rain eventually eased, I had to go, family to meet today was only going to be a short trip today leaving more time for tomorrow. Between hides I managed to pick up a few extras birds namely Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Robins, Goldfinch etc
I stopped over at a nearby B&B called Laundimer House (see my B&B tab) whilst travelling down I picked up a few Red Kites
Raven, Common Whitethroat and even the Green Woodpecker is back. Brimstone, Speckled Wood and Green veined White Butterflies add to an exciting April…on Nature on a Lunch Break, see the page HERE to see more highlights
It was dry when I arrived at the reserve however by the time I’d got ready to set off, it had turned to rain and the rain stayed through out the visit. I wasn’t put off and ventured out stopping off first for a butty at the van and ate this in the nearby shelter overlooking the reserve. Sand Martins, House Martins, and Swallows were very much evident with hundreds hawking over the water, feeding up after the long journey North, other birds I saw from here over looking the Village Lake were Blackbird, Robin, Lesser Black backed Gulls, Black headed Gulls and Redshank.
Venturing out on to the reserve proved to be very wet as the rain continued but birds were seen these being Blackcaps, Chaffinch, Tree Sparrows, and Cettis Warbler (heard). Reedbed lake had hundreds of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows these were hawking the around the tress. On the lake and Far lake were Gadwalls, Tufted Ducks, Greylag Geese, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Pochard, Mute Swans, Great Crested Grebes and a pair of Oystercatchers on the nearby workings.
Coming back down Dryham Lane I caught the “rattle” call of a Lesser Whitethroat and finally three Little Ringed Plovers back down on the Village Lake.
It proved to be a very wet day with very little reward on the species front but what I did see was very rewarding
Bird List : Blackbird, Blackcap, Black headed Gull, Canada Goose, Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Coot, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, House Martin, Lapwing, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, Magpie, Mallrd, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pochard, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Robin, Sand Martin, Swallow, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck (31)