My wife and I spent four days in a B&B near Rutland water and spent each day at a different site, But the last day we went to the nature reserve at Egleton where there are more than 20 hides. They are all well spaced, facing different types of wetlands, open water, scrapes and marshland. There is quite a lot of walking between the hides - (I think the longest distance we saw was 500 metres), so we only managed 5 hides in the day. We saw so many different birds in beautiful surroundings and as the weather was very good we thoroughly enjoyed the day. However, the highlight was when we came across a willow warbler in the hedgerow as we made our way to one of the hides. It has a single whistle 'oo-eee' and I began to imitate it. It made its way from the top of the hedgerow down to our level and hopped about for a good five minutes, less than a metre from us with never a suspicion that it might fly off.
We shall certainly go back again and again, trying to visit all the hides in due course. The nearby Lyndon reserve, run by the same local wetlands trust is the one where the ospreys can be seen.
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