Naturelog: Rutland Water

Posted: July 11, 2016 in Birds, Natural History, UK
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On our journey north to Northumbria Sue and I stopped off at the birdwatching centre at Eggleton, which is on the shore of Rutland Water, one of the largest bodies of inland water in England and the site of the first Ospreys to nest in England following their re-colonisation of the UK in the 1960s and 1970s.

As we approached the water, Sue called attention to a Red Kite flying over the road.

Red Kite. Photo by Michael Brace (

Red Kite.
Photo by Michael Brace (


On arrival at the centre we found Goldfinch; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Chaffinch; Robin and Long-tailed Tit on the feeder station. Unfortunately there was no sign of the rarer Tree Sparrow which is usually a common sighting here.

Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Blue Tit on feeder

Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Blue Tit on feeder


Eurasian Jackdaw

Eurasian Jackdaw

On the water there were large numbers of Greylag Geese; Coot; Tufted Duck plus smaller numbers of Mallard and Gadwall. Our attention was drawn to a falcon which appeared to be fishing like a Tern. I realised it was a Hobby which was attempting to catch the Swallows that were feeding on insects low over the water’s surface. After a few minutes it disappeared so maybe it had been successful in its quest

Eurasian Hobby. Photo by Ron Knight (

Eurasian Hobby.
Photo by Ron Knight


Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Red Kite [sp] (Milvus milvus)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Eurasian Hobby [sp] (Falco subbuteo)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

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