Trip reports

Rutland Water Coach Trip

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Sunday, 27 April 2014

24 members met at Shirehall for a prompt start to Rutland Water.
This reserve is managed by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust in conjunction with Anglian Water and is one of the most imprortant sanctuaries for wildfowl in the country. The reserve occupies 9 miles of shoreline at the Western end of Rutland Water and covers a total area if of 1000 acres. There are two visitor centres and 31 bird hides spread over nine lagoons together with a number of nature trails. So enough to keep us occupied for the day.
We arrived at the Egleton Visitor centre and split up to cover differing hides and walks. On the trail we saw numerous species of woodland birds including bullfinch, goldfinch and carrion crow. A buzzard was soaring high above the reserve. At the Sandpiper hide there were a large number of water birds including great crested grebe, sanderling, ringed plover, egyptian goose, common gull, whimbrel, dunlin and oystercatcher. Linnet were also seen here. On the way to Shoveller hide a hobby was seen sitting on top of a telegraph pole. At the hide black tern and garganey were noted.
A visit to the hides around lagoon two proved interstingas there is an artificial sand martin bank and this seemed full of sand martins breeding. We also noted swallow in this area. Common tern, pochard, teal and stock dove along with little grebe were noted here.
We had lunch in this hide and on the walk back to the centre observed sedge, willow and gared warblers together with chiffchaff. We boarded the coach and tavelled on to the Lyndon end of the reserve. From the centre we had good views of tree sparrow. We made our way to the Waderscrapehide where we had excellent views of 2 ospreys, lapwing, tufled duck, reed buntingand some delightful water voles rushing across the waters between the scrapes. On our return walk we viewed red legged partridge,whitethroat and sedge warbler.
Some members then went to Deep Water hide and were lucky enough to spot a great northern diver.
On arriving back at the centre we again watched the feeding station and wer delighted with views of a kestrel obviously feeding young in a nest close by.
We returned to the coach for the drive home. A really enjoyable day with over sixty species of birds noted by the group.