Report of Birdwatching walk – Sunday 24 March 2024 at L&RWT Rutland Water Egleton Reserve

A group of 8 met at the Egleton reserve car park and we headed towards lagoon 4. The hedgerows en route held lots of chiffchaffs, a blackcap was also heard along with several Cetti’s warblers but the majority of the hedgerow spring migrants don’t seem to have arrived yet. A large flock of sand martins was seen over lagoon 4, with a swallow also seen by some of the group. There were curlew, avocet, and oystercatcher present, and also pintail and goosander. We moved on to lagoon 3, and then the main reservoir, but these were relatively quiet, and the water levels were quite high. 

After lunch we went to the hides around lagoon 1, and had excellent views of an osprey hovering looking for fish. In addition a grey heron stood in front of Mallard hide, reflected beautifully in the water. Later from kingfisher hide we saw an osprey more distantly hovering, it dived out of sight, then reappeared carrying a sizable fish.

In total we had 63 bird species on the walk