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
Video of the Day Press HERE
Map of Rutland Water (Click to make Larger)
Birds List : Blackbird, Blackcap, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Common Tern, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Gadwall, Garden Warbler, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, House Martin, Lesser Black backed Gull, Magpie, Mallard, Mute Swan, Osprey, Pheasant, Red Kite, Reed Bunting, Robin, sand Martin, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Swallow, Swift, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren (36)