Fourteen unidentified wagtails over the garden at first light was an indication of migration taking place so back to the pond with Bob this morning which was very blustery
Meadow Pipits had increased to 17 with 14 on farborough bank and another 3 on hensborough bank which was a good start to the day becoming even better when JJ text to say 6 Pintail present which we soon located out in the centre, Three males and three females but after a couple of false starts they left 40 minutes later. Another possible migrant was a non-calling Chiffchaff which flew across the perimeter road from the sailing club to the country park hedgerow. One was heard a few days ago so may have been either over wintering elsewhere or keeping quiet feeding up before getting down to the demands of parenthood.
Having discussed with Bob yesterday how much difference the Scaup now look since their arrival and wondering when they would leave we were disappointed we couldn’t find the female this morning despite extensive searching, male was in rainbow corner.
Other sightings included 14 Goosander, 68 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 240 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Grey Wagtail and 8 Brambling behind the inlet.
If you are birding in Rutland on Saturday 12th March then BR Class 7MT 4-6-2 no 70013 Oliver Cromwell pulling The Lincoln Imp steam special from London Victoria to Lincoln is due to pass through Corby 11:47 and Oakham 12:28 so will be going over the Harringworth Viaduct between these times – me and the boy will be there.
Finally 4 moths in my trap last night 3 Dotted Border and a Clouded Drab.