I always look forward to a spring ramble round the excellent Anglian Bird Watching Centre Reserve at Eggleton, Rutland Water. Today was very sunny and warm and there were plenty of migrant warblers singing, a Nightingale in full song was a nice bonus and plenty of newly arrived Common Terns. What was surprising, was how quickly the vast numbers of wildfowl had left the reserve. Most lagoons were almost devoid of ducks, with just small numbers of Tufted Duck, Mallard and Gadwall. A few Pochard, one drake Widgeon, one drake Goldeneye small numbers of Shelduck, plenty of Grey Lag Geese and Great Crested Grebe were also seen. The wader line-up was an Avocet, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ringed Plover, with a few Redshank and Oystercatcher. The assortment of good waders from Saturday had all moved on. There was also a fabulous showing of Snake’s Head Fritillaries, a real favourite of mine and good to see that this plant is beginning to increase in numbers on the reserve. Several Osprey showed well on post at various locations around the reserve. The final tally was around 70 species.
Snake’s Head Fritillary – Fritillaria meleagris – Tony Davison©
Black-headed Gull – Looking stunning in their full breeding plumage – Tony Davison©
Coot – Above 3 images – The new fresh green leaves on the trees produced some beautiful reflections on the water. – Tony Davison©
Grey Lag Goose – Plenty of these around the reserve – Tony Davison©
Common Rat – They say you are never very far from one of these delightful creatures! – Tony Davison©