Mark and I had another Sunday at Rutland Water - my second visit in 2 weeks and only my second birdwatching visit in the last 3 years!
The rain made for a very moody morning, but it was nice to spend some time in the hides at Lyndon, sheltering from the rain and watching some of common wildfowl and grebes.
There had been a Ring-necked Duck with the tufties but we didn't get to see it, but the views of drenched Tree Sparrows and Soggy Shovelers was worth the strenuous effort that I have to put in to walking at the moment.
Having had a short time out at Egleton - lagoon 1 was deserted! we decided to check on habitat for Short Eared Owls nearer home.
We are a little doubtful that there will be many if any SEO's this winter at Burton as the field margins have no grass or uncut crop to hold shrews or voles, but we did find a covey of about 15 Grey Partridges and a superb finch flock of c150 (mainly) Yellowhammers but with plenty of Tree Sparrows, some Greenfinch's, a handful of Goldfinch's and also a few Long-tailed tits were apparently tagging along.
Starlings were making their way south - presumably to a roost, whilst Common and BH Gulls were harrassed by Crows on the fields.
Roll on Summer 2013!