Searching for migrants

Cut end area 10/09/2014

The walk from the car park to the hide turned up just a common and a lesser whitethroat, plenty of swallows and house martins going south. A fine male clouded yellow and a painted lady were enjoying the sunshine.

At the mouth two marsh harriers and a peregrine all arrived at the same time. Shortly afterwards some of my old fishing and birding pals turned up, Dave Woods, Chris Humphries and Dick Cant. Anyone who visits Rutland water will know Woodsy. Dave soon spotted the peregrine sitting on seaweed covered rocks and Canty picked up a wheatear- it was further away than the moon!-way down the far bank towards Frampton. A second wheatear joined it later. It was these lads that first spotted the white-winged black tern at Frampton the other day.

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Leaving the car park, I saw a whinchat in a cabbage field, I pulled up and the single soon became at least six whinchats, later on at Freiston, I found another half dozen in the weedy field on the wet grassland trail. It must be the best year ever for this species on passage. Also in the cabbage field were several yellow wagtails.

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