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Purple Heron
Rutland Water
5th August 2018
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Purple Heron
Rutland Water
29th July 2018
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Purple Heron
Rutland Water
27th July 2018
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Glossy Ibis
Rutland Water
24th July 2018
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Glossy Ibis
Rutland Water
16th July 2018
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Adult Med Gull
Cropston Res
14th July 2018
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Juvenile Med Gull
Cropston Res
13th July 2018
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2nd-summer Med Gull
Rutland Water
27th May 2018
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White-winged Black Tern
Eyebrook Res
20th May 2018
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Rutland Water
6th May 2018
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Rutland Water
6th May 2018
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Rutland Water
5th May 2018
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Rutland Water
5th May 2018
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Garganey
Brascote Pits
28th April 2018
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2nd-summer Med Gull
Rutland Water
30th March 2018
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Groby Pool
23rd March 2018
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The Records Committee has decided to add Ring-necked Parakeet to Category C of the County List - full details on the Records Committee page, and if your county list is on the Listing page, please let me know if you have seen a countable one!

Listing page updated 13th August 2018 to include Ring-necked Parakeet for those who've told me they've seen one (or preferably more!).

For Sale/Wanted page updated 7th August 2018. Please remember to let me know if your item on this page has sold, or if you have found what you are looking for in the case of wanted ads, so I can take your advert off. Thanks.

AUGUST

Wednesday 15th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Phalarope still, Goldeneye hide; Red-necked Grebe (presumably the regular bird back for its 4th year), Great Northern Diver & female Common Scoter, North Arm; Wood Sandpiper still, Manton Bay.

Tuesday 14th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Phalarope still, Goldeneye hide; 2 Black-necked Grebes, Gadwall hide + up to 6 Garganey, South Arm 3; Great Northern Diver still, North Arm.

Monday 13th

Stoughton: Honey Buzzard flew south over Sunny Leys towards Stoughton Airfield at 16:55 (Colin Towe).

Rutland Water: Red-necked Phalarope still, Goldeneye hide, also 2 Sanderlings; Purple Heron still, Burley Fishponds this evening; Black-necked Grebe, Fieldfare hide; Great Northern Diver, North Arm; Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

Thornton Res: Great White Egret still.

Sunday 12th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Phalarope, Goldeneye hide; Wood Sandpiper & 6 Black-tailed Godwits, Shallow Water hide, Lyndon; Sanderling, Great Northern Diver, female Common Scoter & Greenshank, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 2Ruff, Greenshank, 15 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plovers, 3 LRPs, 4 Green Sandpipers & Common Sandpiper.

Bradgate Park: Redstart near the Anstey gate.

Thornton Res: 3 Great White Egrets.

Cropston Res: 3 Greenshanks, 4 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper & Dunlin.

Saturday 11th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron still, Burley Fishponds this morning; Wood Sandpiper, 7 Black-tailed Godwits & 3 Green Sandpipers, Manton Bay; Great White Egret, Heron Bay; 6 Dunlin, Lagoon 1; Green Sandpiper & Dunlin, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff, Greenshank, LRP, 10 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpipers & 4 Ringed Plovers.

Cropston Res: 3 Great White Egrets & 1 Greenshank.

Friday 10th

Stanford Res: 1 Whinchat.

Cossington Meadows: Wood Sandpiper still, Upper Marsh.

Cropston Res: 2 Great White Egrets.

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

Thursday 9th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron briefly in the Fishponds at 16:15; 2 Wood Sandpipers still, Manton Bay; Great Northern Diver, female Common Scoter & Green Sandpiper, North Arm; 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Ruff & 2 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3; Marsh Harrier & 6 Dunlin, Lagoon 1.

Cossington Meadows: Wood Sandpiper, Upper Marsh. Nearby, Bittern on the Dragonfly Pond at Watermead CP North this morning.

Eyebrook Res: 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff, Greenshank, 8 Dunlin, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 LRPs & 4 Ringed Plovers.

Wednesday 8th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron still, Fishponds; 2 Wood Sandpipers, Manton Bay & 2 Great White Egrets, Heron Bay.

Cropston Res: Great White Egret still.

North Luffenham Airfield: 1 Wheatear.

Tuesday 7th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron still, Fishponds.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Garganey, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 4 Green Sandpipers & 1 Ringed Plover.

Thornton Res: Great White Egret still.

Cropston Res: Great White Egret still.

Monday 6th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron still, Fishponds.

Swithland Res: Great White Egret, north side.

Cropston Res: Great White Egret still.

Sunday 5th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron still, Fishponds; 2 Wood Sandpipers, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, Great White Egret & Greenshank, Lyndon/Manton Bay; 4 Garganey, Lagoon 1; Great Northern Diver & female Common Scoter still, North Arm.

Cropston Res: Great White Egret still from the dam.

Thornton Res: Great White Egret & Common Sandpiper.

Saturday 4th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron still showing occasionally in the Fishponds (also seen Thursday & Friday); juv Spotted Redshank, Garganey & Great White Egret, Lagoon 2; 2 Wood Sandpipers, 8 Black-tailed Godwits & 3 Dunlin, Lyndon; Great Northern Diver & female Common Scoter, North Arm; 2 Garganey & juv Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 1; Garganey & 3 LRPs, Lagoon 4; Ruff & 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 3. Plus usual common waders around the reserve.

Ellistown: Skua sp (probably Arctic) flew high south-south-east at 17:50 (Clive Playfair).

Swithland Res: Great White Egret on the south side.

Cropston Res: Great White Egret at the dam.

Friday 3rd

Rutland Water: 3 Garganey & 3 Greenshanks, Lagoon 1; 2 Wood Sandpipers, 33 Black-tailed Godwits & 6 Green Sandpipers, Manton Bay; female Common Scoter, North Arm; 2 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: Wood Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, Dunlin, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper & 3 Green Sandpipers.

Swithland Res: female Common Scoter & 2 Great White Egrets.

Thornton Res: 3 Great White Egrets still.

Wednesday 1st

Rutland Water: 3 Spoonbills flew over Lagoon 1 at 13:10; juv Purple Heron still showing occasionally in Burley Fishponds; Garganey, Lagoon 1 & Great Northern Diver still, North Arm; 2 Wood Sandpipers still, Manton Bay; Ruff, Lagoon 3, plus 7 Green Sandpipers & 3 Common Sandpipers around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Wood Sandpipers still, but no sign of Curlew Sandpiper, also Greenshank, Ruff & 6 Common Sandpipers.

Thornton Res: 3 Great White Egrets still.

Swithland Res: female Common Scoter still.

JULY

Tuesday 31st

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron still, Burley Fishponds, but elusive; Glossy Ibis & 2 Wood Sandpipers, Manton Bay; Great White Egret, Lyondon.

Eyebrook Res: Curlew Sandpiper & 2 Wood Sandpipers at the inflow.

Thornton Res: 3 Great White Egrets, Black-tailed Godwit & 3 Common Sandpipers.

Swithland Res: female Common Scoter still on the south side.

Kibworth: Green Sandpiper on the Grand Union Canal near Kibworth Top Lock.

Monday 30th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron still, Burley Fishponds, but elusive; Glossy Ibis & 2 Wood Sandpipers, Manton Bay.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Wood Sandpipers, Garganey, Ruff, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit & Green Sandpiper all at the inflow.

Thornton Res: 3 Great White Egrets still.

Swithland Res: female Common Scoter, south side.

Sunday 29th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron, Burley Fishponds early morning only; Glossy Ibis & Wood Sandpiper, Manton Bay (from Shallow Water/Wader Scrape hides, Lyndon); 2 Great White Egrets, 4 Garganey & Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 1; Great Northern Diver, North Arm; Ruff, Lagoon 3 + usual common waders around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: Garganey, Ruff, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Saturday 28th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron, Burley Fishponds early morning, then showed again at 10:40; Glossy Ibis & 2 Great White Egrets, Heron hide; Great Northern Diver, North Arm; Black-tailed Godwit & 2 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3 + 5 Common Sandpipers around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Wood Sandpipers at the inflow, also 2 Black Terns, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Common Sandpiper & Green Sandpiper.

Thornton Res: 3 Great White Egrets still + 5 Common Sandpipers.

Friday 27th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron, Burley Fishponds this morning, but then flew into cover and no further reports.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Black Terns at the inflow still.

Cropston Res: female Common Scoter.

Thursday 26th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron, Lagoon 3 this morning, then on Lagoon 2, but no further sign since. Also Great White Egret, Lagoon 2, but no reports of Glossy Ibis today.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Black Terns & 12 Black-tailed Godwits at the inflow.

Thornton Res: 3 Great White Egrets still.

Wednesday 25th

Rutland Water: juv Purple Heron again at Burley Fishponds this morning; Glossy Ibis still, Lagoon 3 + 2 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper & 4 Green Sandpipers.

Thornton Res: 3 Great White Egrets.

Eyebrook Res: 1 Ruff, ! Greenshank, 12 Black-tailed Godwits & 5 Dunlin.

Cropston Res: Arctic Tern on the railings at the dam.

Tuesday 24th

Rutland Water: Glossy Ibis still, Lagoon 3 + 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff & 3 Green Sandpipers. Also, another car was broken into at the Egleton Reserve car park late afternoon. This shouldn't need repeating again, but don't leave any valuables in your car, or anything on display, either here or anywhere else, and report any suspicious behaviour to the Visitor Centre staff and/or the police.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Greenshank, 5 Dunlin & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Monday 23rd

Rutland Water: no reports of Purple Heron today. Glossy Ibis, 2 Black-tailed Godwits & Ruff, Lagoon 3; Great White Egrets, Lagoon 6 & Heron Bay.

For Sale page updated with some free British Birds magazines.

Sunday 22nd

Rutland Water: juvenile Purple Heron, initially on Lagoon 3, then at the east end of Burley Fishponds; Glossy Ibis still, Lagoon 3; Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: Ruff, Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 LRPs & 1 Dunlin.

Saturday 21st

Rutland Water: Glossy Ibis still, Lagoon 3, also Ruff; Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

Cropston Res: Sandwich Tern still at the dam.

Eyebrook Res: Grasshopper Warbler still singing near the inflow bunker.

Friday 20th

Rutland Water: Glossy Ibis still, Lagoon 3.

Cropston Res: Sandwich Tern at the dam late afternoon till 18:45 at least.

Eyebrook Res: Greenshank, 5 Dunlin + Grasshopper Warbler singing near the inflow bunker.

Thursday 19th

Rutland Water: Glossy Ibis, Garganey, Ruff & 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 3; Great White Egret, Lagoon 1; Common Sandpiper, Lagoon 4; Great Northern Diver, 2 Green Sandpipers & 7 Common Sandpipers, North Arm.

Thornton Res: Black-necked Grebe off the car park.

Wednesday 18th

Rutland Water: Glossy Ibis still, Lagoon 3; Great White Egret, North Arm.

Tuesday 17th

Cropston Res: BLACK STORK flew south-east at 11:30 (Andy Forryan & Andy Smith) and may have landed in fields west of Anstey (not NNW as reported earlier) (Neil Hagley).

Rutland Water: Glossy Ibis still, Lagoon 3; Knot, Lagoon 1.

Monday 16th

Rutland Water: Glossy Ibis, Lagoon 3, also Ruff & 5 Black-tailed Godwits.

Eyebrook Res: Ruff, Greenshank & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Cropston Res: juv Med Gull & Common Sandpiper at the dam.

Sunday 15th

Rutland Water: adult Med Gull (presumed returning regular Dutch bird with metal ring on right leg), Lagoon 4; Black-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 3; Great Northern Diver & Greenshank, North Arm.

Saturday 14th

Rutland Water: 54 Black-tailed Godwits, Great White Egret & Dunlin, Lagoon 1 (and possibly same GWE, North Arm); juv Med Gull & 3 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; Black-tailed Godwit & 2 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3.

Cropston Res: adult Med Gull at the dam.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Greenshanks & 3 Green Sandpipers.

Friday 13th

Cropston Res: juv Med Gull at the dam.

Thursday 12th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver, drake Common Scoter & 2 Green Sandpipers, North Arm; Black-tailed Godwit & 4 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3; 3 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Wednesday 11th

Eyebrook Res: Ruff, 2 Greenshanks & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Tuesday 10th

Rutland Water: 3 Garganey, Lagoon 3.

Monday 9th

Rutland Water: 6 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 1; 5 Green Sandpipers & Red-crested Pochard, Lagoon 3; Dunlin & Ringed Plover, Lagoon 4.

Sunday 8th

Rutland Water: Greenshank, Lagoon 4, also a Yellow-winged Darter dragonfly by the path to Plover hide this afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: Ruff & 3 Greenshanks.

Thursday 5th

Rutland Water: 68 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 1 + another 23 on Lagoon 4.

Shawell Sandpit: Grey Plover & 2 Black-tailed Godwits.

Eyebrook Res: Greenshank & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Cossington Meadows: 4 Black-tailed Godwits.

Hicks Lodge: adult Med Gull.

Wednesday 4th

Eyebrook Res: Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper & 3 Greenshanks.

Tuesday 3rd

Rutland Water: Little Tern & Ruff, Lagoon 4 + Greenshank & 4 Black-tailed Godwits around the reserve.

Monday 2nd

Rutland Water: Turtle Dove again over Lagoon 1 this afternoon - flew into trees between Mallard hide & the visitor centre at 15:00. Also Marsh Harrier & 2 Black-tailed Godwits. Ruff & female Red-crested Pochard, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Greenshanks & 3 Green Sandpipers at the inflow, also 12 Black-tailed Godwits briefly this morning before flying over south-east.

Sunday 1st

Rutland Water: 5 Greenshanks, 3 Black-tailed Godwits & Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: 1 Ruff.

JUNE

Saturday 30th

Rutland Water: 4 Black Terns, 3 Greenshanks & Whimbrel, Lagoon 4; female Red-crested Pochard, Crake hide, also Woodcock flew past Lyndon Visitor Centre at 15:10.

Eyebrook Res: Ruff & Dunlin.

Friday 29th

Rutland Water: Turtle Dove flew over Lagoon 1, also Black-tailed Godwit & Marsh Harrier there; Bittern flew from Lagoon 2 - 3; Knot (earlier on Lagoon 1) & Black-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 4.

Thursday 28th

Rutland Water: drake Garganey & 3 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; 10 Black-tailed Godwits & 4 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 1.

Thursday 21st

Rutland Water: 21 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 1; 13 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Wednesday 20th

Leicester: 2+ Crossbills flew over the Cathedral late morning.

Eyebrook Res: Dunlin & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Tuesday 19th

Rutland Water: female Garganey, Wet Meadow; 12 Ringed Plovers & 10 Dunlin, Lagoon 4 + 5 Black-tailed Godwits flew over.

Dragonfly news: Scarce Chaser: double figures recently on the River Soar between Kegworth and the River Trent, also good numbers on the Welland near the county boundary. Beautiful Demoiselle: several records from both the Rivers Avon and Swift in the far south of the county. Please remember to send any records of these and other dragonfly species to the county recorder, Ian Merrill: i.merrill@btopenworld.com

Friday 15th

Ketton Quarry: 5 Crossbills flew over low at 10:35 and probably landed nearby.

Rutland Water: 1st-summer Arctic Tern, Lagoon 4.

Cossington Meadows: adult Med Gull (red colour ring on right leg), Hobley Lake.

Thursday 14th

Rutland Water: 2 Little Terns, 2 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers & 1 Avocet, Lagoon 4.

Tuesday 12th

Rutland Water: pair of Garganey still, Lagoon 1 + 2 Turnstones, Lagoon 4.

Monday 11th

Eyebrook Res: Avocet & Green Sandpiper at the inflow.

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver still off Lyndon.

Sunday 10th

Brascote Pits: Osprey this morning.

Saturday 9th

Rutland Water: pair of Garganey, Snipe hide; Great Northern Diver still off Teal hide, Lyndon.

Friday 8th

Rutland Water: pair of Garganey, Lagoon 1.

Hicks Lodge: Turnstone on the island.

Cropston Res: Sanderling on the dam this morning.

Thursday 7th

Rutland Water: 2 Black Terns, Grey Plover, 4 Avocets, 4 Dunlin & 4 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Nikon ED field scope added to the For Sale page.

Wednesday 6th

Rutland Water: 6 Dunlin, 2 Avocets & 13 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: Green Sandpiper & Dunlin.

Monday 4th

Swithland Res: 10 Common Scoters from the dam.

Several new items added to the For Sale page, including a Swarovski compact camera digiscoping adapter, tripod and a moth trap.

Sunday 3rd

Rutland Water: Curlew Sandpiper, 30+ Ringed Plovers, 14 Dunlin & 4 Avocets, Lagoon 4, also an escaped female Bufflehead with Tufted Ducks (apparently has 'pale' rings on both legs); 2 Great Northern Divers still off Lyndon.

Wanlip Meadows: 2 Avocets.

Dragonfly news: 2 female Scarce Chasers on the River Soar north of Kegworth today. Please remember to send any records of these and other dragonfly species to the county recorder, Ian Merrill: i.merrill@btopenworld.com

Saturday 2nd

Rutland Water: Curlew Sandpiper, 11 Sanderlings, 2 Garganey, 15 Dunlin & 28 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; 2 Great Northern Divers still off Teal hide, Lyndon.

Wanlip Meadows: no sign of Red-necked Phalarope today.

Friday 31st

Wanlip Meadows: female Red-necked Phalarope on the scrape, best viewed from the Wanlip village side, but may be visible from Plover hide when open.

Rutland Water: pair of Garganey still on Lagoon 4.

 

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