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Saturday, April 09, 2011

9th April

I am sorry that there hasn’t been any news recently, I have been on a Bird Migration seminar at Leicester University. It was very informative with some very good speakers from around the world. The lunches weren’t to bad and the chance for some evening birding at Rutland and Eyebrook Reservoir couldn’t be missed.

While I was away I unfortunately missed a couple of goodies. A brief summary follows.

Wheatear: a male was present 4th.

Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap: numbers of these species increased from 5th, with more than ten of each being present.

Common Buzzard: two flew SW at 2.00pm 6th.

Marsh Harrier: one flew N at 10.35am 7th.

Common Redstart: a male was present in the Leaf Yard Wood, area 40 also 7th.

Cuckoo: one was calling from the grounds of the Open Air Theatre 8th.

Swallow: two flew through 8th.

Today:

Meadow Pipit: two were on the ground at 7.10am.

Common Whitethroat: one was singing from within the Cricket Pen, area 31. I wonder if it is last years male returning?

Peregrine Falcon: a male was low over the Wetland Pen at 3.30pm.

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Peregrine over the Wetland Pen

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Kestrel carrying prey in area 32

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Butterflies  such as Orange Tip, Comma and Brimstone were out in reasonable numbers today.

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This fox had the nerve to sunbathe in my garden yesterday afternoon.

Here are a few goodies from my trip away

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Osprey carrying material to her nest on Rutland Water and another carrying food at Eyebrook Reservoir.

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Slavonian Grebe

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Common Shelduck

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I stayed at my brothers home as it was close to the seminar. It also gave me the chance to photograph some of the 32 Tree Sparrows that visit his garden.

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Red-tailed Hawk, this bird has been present at this site for several years.

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Goshawk

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