A weekend stop over in Oakham very near to Rutland Water at the “Cat Basket” (see my B&B link here > Link < ) a great Cottage with a wonderful garden with lots of birdlife, highlights over the weekend were Great Spotted Woodpecker (♀ and ♂), Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Willow Tit, Long-tailed Tits, Treecreeper, Buzzard (fly over) and Little Egret (fly over). Butterflies Brimstone, Comma, Large White, & Peacock.
We obviously spent a few hours at Rutland Water whilst we were there who wouldn’t. Our day one was spent in the Manton Bay area viewing the Osprey’s, we thought the better views were had at the shallow water hide, along with the Osprey’s the highlights we saw Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, House Martin, Buzzard and Butterflies loads of Brimstone, along with Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.
Day two we were around the Egleton Birdwatching Centre and around the centre feeders were Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and a fly thru Sparrowhawk try to find dinner. From the centre itself Little Egrets, Red-legged Partridge, Common Tern, Sand Martin, Shelduck along with the main duck species Mallard, Teal, Tufted Duck, Gadwall and Shoveler, Geese about included Egyptian, Greylag, Canada and a suspect Barnacle. We had then a long walk up to the Lagoon 4 complex where most of the action seems to have been taking place and we were not disappointed with Sedge Warbler seen along the pathway bushes and with Dunlin, Redshank, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow and another fly thru Sparrowhawk we were not disappointed. For a more detailed list press THIS