The final voyage and wonderful waders…

The departure of the Site B residents shows the summer is drawing to a close and although we still have all five family members in Manton Bay we are all spending as much time as possible down at the hides to make the most of them before they leave.

As September is just around the corner this evening is our final Osprey Cruise of 2011 and it maybe the last chance to see these fantastic birds hovering over Rutland Water. With females catching fish of their own before their long migrations there is an even greater chance of seeing Ospreys fishing…

Over 900 visitors have joined us on the Rutland Belle so far this summer and we have had some fantastic views of Ospreys fishing, even just 50 metres away from the boat! We still have spaces available on the cruise this evening and we hope to finish on a high so why not join us? We are meeting at the Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre at 3:45pm and we will return to Whitwell Harbour at 6:45pm. An evening not to be missed! If you are interested you can reserve a place on our Events page or phone the Lyndon Visitor Centre 01572 737378.

Another reminder that Autumn is in the air is the sudden influx of waders in Manton Bay. Since the bund wall was built last year as part of Anglian Water’s major engineering scheme we have been able to control the water levels in the bay. By slowly lowering the water levels over the last few days we have created some fantastic habitat for migrating waders. The views from Shallow Water hide this morning are fantastic – 32 Ruff, 5 Green Sandpipers, 3 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 6 Little-ringed Plovers and a Curlew!

What a fantastic start to the day – it would seem that Rutland Water is the only place to be this Bank Holiday weekend!

One response to “The final voyage and wonderful waders…”

  1. Lynda Berry

    Lovely report Michelle – yes, it’s drawing to an end, your first season with the team. I have loved your reports, tweets, FB messges, and seeing your smiling face. I just hope that you’ve enjoyed this season as much as I have, and every season is different. I’m so pleased that you’ve joined the team.