Bird Fair August 2019

This year British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water is donating its proceeds to Cambodia’s Big 5, White-shouldered Ibis, Giant Ibis, White-rumped Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture and Red-headed Vulture.

Rutland WaterRutland Water Dunlin Hide

Once we had finished putting up the tent we went to the main marquee to watch Moth Trap Releasing with Phil Stirling and Richard Lewington.  They had good selection including a few hawk moths such as poplar, elephant and privet.

There was heavy rain on Friday that meant the site was very muddy all weekend, but I managed to do a moth trap Saturday evening.  I trapped Peach Blossom, Magpie, Golden Spot, plus a few more that were new.

Few moths from the event and my moth trap

At the Wild Zone we did pond dipping and bug hunting with Mike Dilger and found a lot of different life.  Had a good selection of beetles including ground, lesser stag and violet ground beetles.

On the pond dip we had couple new finds including screech beetle larva, pirate otter spider and a caterpiller.  Our friend Neil known as pond man, Nick Baker, RSPB, Leicester Wild Life Trust and Richard Lewington were not able to identify whilst we was at the show.  We managed to identify it as a Parapoynx Sratiotata moth caterpiller, one of four different aquatic moths in the UK that Richard and Neil later confirmed.

Selection from pond dipping and bug hunting

A handy thing about staying on site is that you can get up early in the morning to catch the early birds.  Such as White Throat, Lesser White Throat, Blue, Great, Marsh & Long Ttailed Tits,Bull, Gold and Chaffinches, Willow Warbler, plus excellent views of Chiffchaffs.  We had a couple trips out on the reserve bird watching including a walk with the BTO younger birders.

We managed to find Black Tern and Ruddy Shelduck and identify ourselves, plus later had help identify Yellow Legged Gull.  A Wood Sandpiper dropped in for a short while then flew off and a Great White Egret stalked for food.

There was also great views of Osprey’s during the weekend flying, on the nest, plus managed to get a photo of one with a fish.

A variety of birds over the weekend

Was great to have so many people on the BTO walk, more than last year.

BTOYoungBirdersBTO Young Birders and Naturalists

OverallI had a great weekend and caught up with many of my friends, plus made some new ones.

Twitter links of some young naturalists that I met
Toby Carter – @tobywarbler
Calum Mckellar –  @mckellar_calum
Kabir Kaul – @kaulofthewilduk
Arjun Dutta – @arjundutta210

Frampton 03/08/2019

Had a good day at Frampton Marshes, highlight was seeing the Long Billed Dowitcher.  Was a day of waders including Spotted Redshank, Knot, Turnstone, Ruff, Dunlin, Redshank, Whimbrel, Greenshank, Common & Wood Sandpiper, Black & Bar Tailed Godwits.

There were also eight Spoonbill that were at the reserve and managed to get a photo when a Marsh Harrier flow over and spooked everything.

Many Painted Ladies were feeding on the teasel, some looked as though they had newley emerged as they were in good condition.

Black Tailed Godwits
Black Tailed Godwits

Frampton Marshes

Frampton Marshes

Fungi

Fungi

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher

Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler

Spoonbill

Spoonbill Feeding

 

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Spoonbill in flight

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Spoonbill in flight