On Thursday 2nd November 2017 a Cory’s Shearwater was found at Rutland Water, Leicestershire. Unfortunately I didn’t discover the report on my pager until well into the afternoon, too late to get to see it that day. So I went on Friday 3rd November, thoroughly expecting to Dip on the bird. Sure enough, despite spending all day there and searching all the open water, there was no sign of the bird. An exceptional find of what is a pelagic bird that should now be on it’s wintering grounds in the southern hemisphere. A day birding at Rutland Water is always worthwhile and we did manage to see 8 Great White Egret, 22 Little Egret, a Bittern, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and a variety of wildfowl. A Disney Film sprang to mind during the day, zippadee doodah became dippadee doodah!! A few photos to follow.
Great White Egret – 1 of 8 we saw during the day at Rutland Water – Tony Davison©
Jay – above 2 images – The Jay is very active at this time of year, gathering acorns to bury ready for the onset of winter. This bird had just buried an acorn – Tony Davison©
Gadwall – drake – Rutland Water – Tony Davison©
Teal – drake – Rutland Water – Tony Davison©
Coot – above 2 images – Rutland Water – Tony Davison©
Jack Snipe – See if you can spot the Jack Snipe – below is where it is hidden – Tony Davison©
Jack Snipe – Cryptic camouflage – Tony Davison©