Sunshine from the off this month! A glorious October day saw us at the Rutland Water Egleton Reserve for an ‘All-dayer’. The birds didn’t disappoint either with not one, two or three but four Great White
Egrets (pictured) to be seen; far more numerous, as expected, were Little Egrets and plenty of Grey Herons too. Pick of the raptors were two Marsh Harriers but also seen were Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Red Kite. Most of the Winter ducks were around in large numbers; of note were a few Red Crested Pochard out on
the main water. Notable among the passerines were a small flock of Lesser Redpoll and on the feeders near the Visitor Centre a Marsh Tit. Despite the low levels of water, other than Lapwing, the only waders around were a solitary Redshank on Lagoon 3 and a few Golden Plover on Lagoon 4.
Still aound were a couple of butterflies – a red admiral and a comma and dragonfly-wise, a Migrant Hawker and several Common Darters.