March 2016 – Birding Overview

6th of March 2016 – Rutland Water

The first opportunity of March to get out and see some birds and wildlife took us to Rutland Water in search of the Long-Billed Dowitcher and the possibility of five species of Grebe.

Upon arriving we met birding buddies Gary and Steve in the car park who had successfully ticked off the Long-Billed Dowitcher as they had arrived very much earlier in the morning.

After the short walk via some very soggy paths we arrived at the hide and didn’t need to ask where our target bird was as an elderly gentleman greeted us at the door and promptly showed me to the birds’ location. This sighting was a lifer for me and a few very distance record shots were taken. Here to 
were a couple of Little Grebes, the first Grebes of the day.

After a picnic lunch we left the hide and drove to the area near Tim’s Cottage where more birders were on hand to assist in finding Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe and three Black-necked Grebes and many Great Crested Grebes.

A very good afternoons birding with a total of fifty two species seen.

26th of March 2016 – Garden birds

As I sat enjoying the Saturday morning watching the birds on my feeders and drinking copious amounts of coffee, my eyes became focused on a raptor high above the garden fence, Red Kite! I’ve never had one in Rugby before and as it went over my house I found myself outside the front door catching sight of it before it disappeared west towards the Swift Valley area. The nearest I’ve seen one to Rugby before was at Brandon Marsh to the North and junction one of the A14 to the east.

Red Kite Image from last year

My garden list up to March is now as follows,

Feral and Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Robin, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Starling, House Sparrow and Sparrowhawk.

Birds seen either overhead or flying past the garden are, Grey Heron, Mallard, Mute Swan, Jackdaw, Jay, Black-headed, Herring, Lesser Black-backed and Great Black-backed Gull. Raptors too have often been seen going over, Kestrel and Buzzard nearly every day.

The last Sunday of March was ended with a different day of watching things that fly! We spent a few hours at Birmingham International Airport to watch the first flight of an Emirates Airbus A380. 

 An enourmous aircraft which attracted a huge crowd at Sheldon County Park. Nothing to do about birds and wildlife, however a fabulous sight to see.

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