Trip reports

Group outing to Rutland Water 24 September 2017

Hobby chasing dragonflies
RSPB images

Saturday, 7 October 2017

The coach left Springwood at 8 am with 28 adults and one child arriving at Rutland at 10.45 the weather was beautiful and warm although the sun made it difficult to see the birds at some points. Most people visited the many hides close to the visitor centre, but a smaller group set off for the 1 mile walk to Barnsdale where a little Stint and little gull was seen. One of the most memorable sites of the day was the many Hobby that were flying around catching some of the large numbers of dragon flies that were to be seen. There were other raptors to be seen too, including good views of Kestrel and Marsh Harrier and Red Kite. American Wigeon had been reported on the site but the lighting made it difficult to pick out among all the other Wigeon although a few lucky members of the group did see it. There was a good variety of waders including Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Red shank Dunlin, Whimbrel and Ringed Plover. Other Highlights of the day included Great White Egret and Egyptian geese. This was a very enjoyable day everyone appreciated the fine weather group on this lovely site and the many birds that were to be seen which added up to over 70 species for the group. We left Rutland Water at 5pm arriving back at Springwood at 6.40 pm