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Thornton
20th September 2020
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Rutland Water
9th September 2020
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Shag
Stoney Cove
9th September 2020
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Rutland Water
6th September 2020
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Brascote Pits
5th September 2020
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Wigston Sewage Works
4th September 2020
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Aylestone Meadows
30th August 2020
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Juvenile Shag
Stanford Res
30th August 2020
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Rose-coloured Starling
Measham
29th August 2020
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Measham
29th August 2020
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Measham
29th August 2020
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Juvenile Shag
Rutland Water
26th August 2020
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Wood Warbler
Grimston
16th August 2020
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Wood Sandpiper & Greenshank
Rutland Water
9th August 2020
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Whinchat
Eyebrook Res
3rd August 2020
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Little Tern
Rutland Water
26th July 2020
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Bradgate Park
24th July 2020
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SEPTEMBER

Friday 25th

Rutland Water: 2 Garganey, Fishponds, Black-necked Grebe & juv Shag still, North Arm, + another juv Shag on the Limnological Tower.

Eyebrook Res: Whinchat, 2 Ruff & Green Sandpiper at the inflow.

Tuesday 22nd

Ives Head: 2 Ring Ouzels flew over this morning.

Aylestone Meadows: Pied Flycatcher in the main block of wet willows by the boardwalk, but elusive.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still, South Arm 3; Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm.

Also of interest a Yellow-browed Warbler trapped and ringed on the Northants side of Stanford Res this morning.

Sunday 20th

Rutland Water: juv Arctic Tern & Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; Black-necked Grebe, Garganey & juv Shag, North Arm; 2 Knot, South Arm 2; 5 Dunlin & 2 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; Ringed Plover & 3 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: Curlew Sandpiper & Sandwich Tern this morning.

Ives Head: 7 Grey Plovers flew north at 09:25.

Thornton: the Bearded Vulture (a wild-born bird hatched by birds from one of the European reintroduction projects) that has spent most of the summer in Derbyshire flew over Thornton at 14:15, departing high to the south-east.

Saturday 19th

Aylestone Meadows: 4 juv Gannets flew east at 10:15.

Melton Mowbray: juv Gannet flew over at 10:30.

Friday 18th

Burrough Hill CP: 2 Whinchats.

Thursday 17th

Rutland Water: 3 Sandwich Terns flew east over Manton Bay at 14:45, also Bittern again, Lagoon 3.

Wednesday 16th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & 4 Shags off Old Hall; 3 juv Shags on the Limnological Tower; Knot still, Lagoon 3 + 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Dunlin & 6 Green Sandpipers; Bar-tailed Godwit circled Lagoon 2 calling late morning, then carried on south-west; Garganey & Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm.

Stanford Res: male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at the dam this morning (permit holders only).

Eyebrook Res: Garganey still at the inflow, but no sign of Cattle Egret today.

Tuesday 15th

Eyebrook Res: Cattle Egret reported at the inflow + Garganey.

Rutland Water: Black Tern, Black-necked Grebe & Garganey, North Arm.

Uppingham: juv Spoonbill flew low north at 07:56.

Sunday 13th

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm; Spoonbill still, Lagoon 1; Bittern & Knot, Lagoon 3.

Saturday 12th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall.

Eyebrook Res: Marsh Harrier again, also Whinchat, Stonechat & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Friday 11th

Rutland Water: 8 Curlew Sandpipers dropped into Lagoon 4 briefly early afternoon; Spoonbill still Lagoon 1; Knot still Lagoon 3 + Marsh Harrier around the lagoons.

Eyebrook Res: Whinchat still at the inflow.

Thursday 10th

Rutland Water: Spoonbill, juv Little Stint & Knot, Lagoon 1; 2 Marsh Harriers around the lagoons; 11 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3; Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm.

Stoney Cove: juv Shag still.

Eyebrook Res: Marsh Harrier & 1 Whinchat.

Wednesday 9th

Rutland Water: 7 juv Shags still between Normanton & the dam, also a dead bird at the dam; Black-necked Grebe, 3 Garganey & another juv Shag, North Arm; Spoonbill, 2 Little Stints, 3 Black-tailed Godwits & 5 Dunlin, Lagoon 1; Knot & 5 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 3; Greenshank, Lagoon 4.

Stoney Cove: juv Shag still.

Tuesday 8th

Brascote Pits: Wryneck still present (after no reports yesterday), but very elusive.

Rutland Water: 2 Little Stints, Lagoon 1; Curlew Sandpiper, Knot & 3 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 3.

Stoney Cove: juv Shag still.

Monday 7th

Rutland Water: Spoonbill, 2 Little Stints, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Dunlin & 8 Green Sandpipers, Egleton reserve, also female Red-crested Pochard, South Arm 3.

Also of interest / to be aware of as a potential ID pitfall, an escaped White-naped Crane was photographed in a field near Eaton yesterday.

Sunday 6th

Brascote Pits: Wryneck still present, but generally elusive. Also 2 Redstarts.

Rutland Water: 2 Little Stints, Curlew Sandpiper & Spoonbill, Lagoon 1; 2 Knot, Lagoon 4, plus usual waders around the reserve.

Harby: Tree Pipit flew over this morning.

Saturday 5th

Brascote Pits: Wryneck this afternoon by the main footpath, by the end of the old island pool.

Rutland Water: Little Stint & Curlew Sandpiper, Lagoon 1; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm.

Stoney Cove: juv Shag still.

Wigston Sewage Works: no sign of Red-backed Shrike today.

Friday 4th

Wigston Sewage Works: 1st-winter Red-backed Shrike trapped and ringed this morning, but elusive after release and only seen briefly two or three times this afternoon in brambles/hawthorn at SP592965. Access via track from the archery club end of Hospital Lane. Do not park on the road to the works as it is in constant use by Severn Trent Water.

Rutland Water: Manx Shearwater in South Arm off Old Hall till midday when it was killed by a Great Black-backed Gull. Also Red-necked Grebe between Lyndon and Normanton, juv Black-necked Grebe North Arm, Wood Sandpiper still Lagoon 3 & 12 juv Shags still at the dam.

Saxelbye Hall: 1 male Redstart still.

Thursday 3rd

Rutland Water: juv Curlew Sandpiper, Lagoon 1 + Spoonbill still.

Stoney Cove: juv Shag still.

Wednesday 2nd

Hinckley: Rose-coloured Starling reported briefly near Queen's Road late morning.

Stoney Cove: juv Shag.

Rutland Water: Spoonbill still, Lagoon 1+ 2 Wood Sandpipers Lagoon 3.

Tuesday 1st

Rutland Water: 2 juv Gannets flew west over Burley Wood at 10:50; juv Little Stint & Wood Sandpiper, Lagoon 3; 10 juv Shags still at the dam.

Eyebrook Res: juv Curlew Sandpiper & 4 Dunlin at the inflow.

Swithland Res: 4 Greenshanks on the north side.

AUGUST

Monday 31st

Rutland Water: Spotted Redshank, Lagoon 1; 2 Avocets circled Lagoon 3 at 10:40, then flew south; 2 juv Shags, North Arm.

Croft Hill: Pied Flycatcher still in large oaks near the road.

Stanford Res: juv Shag still.

Ellistown Pit Banks: Redstart & Whinchat.

Cossington Meadows: Whinchat on Swan Meadow.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Whinchats still at the inflow.

Measham: no sign of Rose-coloured Starling today.

Sunday 30th

Measham: adult Rose-coloured Starling still at the south end of the village. Seen at various times in Bleach Mill, Tennyson Close, Fenton Crescent & Browning Drive.

Croft Hill: Pied Flycatcher in large oaks near road this morning.

Rutland Water: Spoonbill, still, Lagoon 1, also Wood Sandpiper; 10+ Shags at the dam; 15 Knot circled Lagoon 4 this afternoon, but didn't appear to land, also Med Gull, Lagoon 4 again; Wood Sandpiper & Garganey still, Lagoon 3.

Stanford Res: juv Shag still.

Aylestone Meadows: Pied Flycatcher still by the boardwalk.

Bardon Hill: 2 Crossbills.

Saxelbye Hall: 2 Redstarts.

Shoby: Osprey flew over.

Saturday 29th

Measham: adult Rose-coloured Starling still in Mease Close/Browning Drive/Bleach Mill/Milton Close area.

Rutland Water: Spoonbill still, Lagoon 1, also 5 Ruff, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshanks, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers & 2 Green Sandpipers; 2 Wood Sandpipers, Garganey, Bittern, 3 Black-tailed Godwits & 2 Common Sandpipers, Lagoon 3; Med Gull, Lagoon 4; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 2; c20 Shags between the dam & Normanton Church (and one in South Arm 3 from Lapwing hide late afternoon); 2 Black Terns, Lyndon from Shallow Water hide.

Aylestone Meadows: Pied Flycatcher & Redstart in the main willow patch along the boardwalk.

Stanford Res: juv Shag still, also 2 Bar-tailed Godwits through.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Whinchats & a Stonechat at the inflow

Friday 28th

Measham: adult Rose-coloured Starling in Mease Close this afternoon (earlier in Atherstone Road). If visiting, please respect residents' privacy and park sensibly.

Rutland Water: c20 Shags still between the dam and Normanton Church; 2 Garganey still, North Arm.

Stanford Res: juv Shag still.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Whinchats at the inflow.

Thursday 27th

Rutland Water: 24 Shags still at the dam, plus 2 juv Arctic Terns; Spoonbill still Lagoon 1, also Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank, 5 Dunlin, Ringed Plover & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Eyebrook Res: juv Shag at the dam & 2 Whinchats at the inflow.

Stanford Res: juv Shag on the dam.

Wednesday 26th

Rutland Water: still at least 22 Shags at the dam; Spoonbill, juv Curlew Sandpiper & Sanderling, Lagoon 1; 2 Wood Sandpipers, Lagoon 3, plus 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenshanks, 4 Ruff, 14 Ringed Plovers & 14 Dunlin around the reserve.

Stanford Res: 1 Ringed Plover.

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Tuesday 25th

Rutland Water: an extraordinary 24 Shags at the dam this evening (previous County record was 15 at Rutland Water in February/March 1993), also an Arctic Tern there.

Eyebrook Res: juv Shag at the dam, also 2 Black Terns between the island and the dam; 2 Greenshanks & 1 Ruff at the island & 2 Dunlin at the inflow.

Monday 24th

Rutland Water: 2 Spoonbills, Lagoon 1 this evening, also Sanderling, 2 Greenshanks, Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Dunlin & 4 Ringed Plovers; 3 juv Shags & 2 Garganey, North Arm/Fishponds; 3 Black Terns, Manton Bay.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Shags at the dam (viewed distantly from the island bunker), also Whinchat at the inflow, 3 Greenshanks, 2 Green Sandpipers, Ruff, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper.

Burrough Hill CP: male Redstart still on the west side of the hill fort.

Long Lane GP: Wood Sandpiper still.

Loughborough: Osprey flew over at 16:00.

Sunday 23rd

Bradgate Park: 2 Pied Flycatchers & male Redstart between the Cropston and Anstey gates.

Rutland Water: 2 Shags, one North Arm, one west of Normanton; Turnstone, Lagoon 1; juv Little Gull & 4 Black Terns, South Arm 2; Black Tern, Lagoon 3.

Long Lane GP: Wood Sandpiper still.

Saturday 22nd

Rutland Water: Shag, North Arm from fishermen's car park; 2 Sanderling & Wood Sandpiper, Lagoon 1; 3 Black Terns & Bittern, Lagoon 3; juv Little Gull & 3 Black Terns, South Arm 3; Garganey, Manton Bay.

Burrough Hill CP: male Redstart still on the west side of the hill fort.

Friday 21st

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper still, Lagoon 1, also juv Little Gull somewhere.

Eyebrook Res: Wood Sandpiper at the inflow.

Cropston Res: Osprey flew south at 13:45 & possibly the same bird over Birstall at 14:10.

Thursday 20th

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshanks & 5 Dunlin, Lagoon 1; 2 Black Terns, Lagoon 3 & another two in South Arm 3; 2 Garganey, 17 Ringed Plovers & 1 Dunlin, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Ruff at the island, but not a lot else as the water has risen after this week's rain! Nearby, male Redstart in hedge just south of Stockerston, best viewed from the junction of the B664 Harborough Hill Road and the road that leads to the reservoir inflow end.

Long Lane GP, Kegworth: Wood Sandpiper still.

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Wednesday 19th

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper, Lagoon 1; 2 Garganey, North Arm & 2 Black Terns, Lagoon 3.

Tuesday 18th

Rutland Water: Cattle Egret, North Arm (presumably the bird from Eyebrook as it hasn't been reported there today, then on Lagoon 1 later, also Garganey, North Arm; 2 Black Terns, Lagoon 3. Wader totals around the reserve: 3 Wood Sandpipers, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 1 LRP, 4 Dunlin, 10 Common Sandpipers & 9 Green Sandpipers.

Eyebrook Res: Wood Sandpiper & Whinchat still at the inflow.

North Luffenham Airfield: 2 Whinchats & 6 Wheatears, + 4 Whimbrels flew south at 19:05.

Monday 17th

Rutland Water: Spoonbill still, Lagoon 4; 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Ruff, 7 Ringed Plovers & Dunlin, Lagoon 1; Black Tern & juv Arctic Tern still, Lagoon 3. Also nearby, Pied Flycatcher at the north end of Cemetery Lane, Manton early afternoon, but no sign later.

Eyebrook Res: Cattle Egret & 2 Wood Sandpipers still at the inflow.

Burrough Hill CP: 2 Redstarts still on the west side of the hill fort.

Sunday 16th

Rutland Water: Spoonbill still, Lagoon 4 + 2 Knot; 2 Turnstones (flew off high at 09:35), 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, 2 Greenshanks, LRP, 3 Dunlin & 5 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 1; Black Tern & 6 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 3; 2 Black Terns, South Arm 3; juv Arctic Tern, North Arm + numerous Green and Common Sandpipers around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: Spotted Redshank still this morning, but no sign later; Cattle Egret, 2 Wood Sandpipers & Ruff still at the inflow.

Grimston: Wood Warbler in a garden briefly this morning.

Swithland Res: Spotted Redshank flew over late morning.

Long Lane GP, Kegworth: Wood Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpipers & 3 Common Sandpipers.

Bradgate Park: Redstart at the Anstey gate & Wheatear at the ruins.

Saturday 15th

Rutland Water: No sign of White-rumped Sandpiper today ('unconfirmed report' on news services was erroneous, as was the Spotted Redshank report), but Spoonbill Lagoon 4 (also in North Arm for a while); 2 Knot & 3 Wood Sandpipers, Lagoon 1; 2 Black Terns & juv Arctic Tern, Lagoon 3 + Whimbrel over; 2 Garganey, Lagoon 4.

Burrough Hill CP: 3 Redstarts on the west side of the hill fort this morning.

Eyebrook Res: Spotted Redshank at the inflow, also Cattle Egret, 2 Wood Sandpipers & Whinchat still.

Friday 14th

Rutland Water: White-rumped Sandpiper, Sanderling, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 4 Greenshanks, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff, Dunlin, LRP, 5 Ringed Plovers, 8 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers & Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 1; Knot, Garganey, juv Med Gull & Black-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 4; Black Tern Lagoon 3.

Croft Hill: Pied Flycatcher briefly at 10:00 in hawthorns on the north bank (Huncote side).

Eyebrook Res: Cattle Egret & 2 Wood Sandpipers still at the inflow.

Thursday 13th

Rutland Water: Garganey, Snipe hide; Turnstone, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Greenshanks, Dunlin, 8+ Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers & 5 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: Cattle Egret, 3 Wood Sandpipers, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, LRP, 4 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers & 1 Whinchat all at the inflow.

North Luffenham Airfield: Pied Flycatcher ringed this morning, also Redstart & 4 Wheatears.

Wednesday 12th

Eyebrook Res: Cattle Egret, Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, Ruff & Whinchat at the inflow.

North Luffenham Airfield: Whinchat & 6 Wheatears.

Tuesday 11th

Eyebrook Res: 3 Wood Sandpipers & Cattle Egret still at the inflow, also 3 Ruff, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers, LRP & 3 Whinchats.

Rutland Water: 1 Wood Sandpiper, Lagoon 3.

Sence Valley FP: 2 Whinchats in the northernmost fields.

North Luffenham Airfield: Short-eared Owl this morning, also male Redstart ringed.

Cossington Meadows: Osprey flew south this afternoon.

Monday 10th

Eyebrook Res: 3 Wood Sandpipers at the inflow, also Cattle Egret still, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, 2 Greenshanks, 4 Green Sandpipers & 1 Whinchat.

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper, Lagoon 4; 5 Black-tailed Godwits & 1 Greenshank, Lagoon 1.

Sunday 9th

Rutland Water: juv Little Gull, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank & 2 Dunlin, Lagoon 1; 2 Wood Sandpipers, Black Tern, Greenshank & Dunlin, Lagoon 3; 2 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3, + several Green and Common Sandpipers around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: Cattle Egret still at the inflow, also 3 Whinchats, LRP & 2 Green Sandpipers; Black-necked Grebe south of the island.

Saturday 8th

Eyebrook Res: Cattle Egret still at the inflow.

Rutland Water: Sanderling, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank, 3 Dunlin & 2 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 1 + Marsh Harrier, 5 Green Sandpipers & 10 Common Sandpipers around the reserve.

Friday 7th

Loughborough: adult Gannet flew north-west at 10:00, also Crossbill west at 10:12.

Eyebrook Res: Cattle Egret still at the inflow, also Tree Pipit flew over this morning, 1 Whinchat still, Dunlin, 2 LRPs, 4 Green Sandpipers & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Groby: 3+ Crossbills flew over Leicester Road this morning.

North Luffenham Airfield: Redstart ringed this morning.

Thursday 6th

Eyebrook Res: Cattle Egret still at the inflow.

Wednesday 5th

Eyebrook Res: Cattle Egret at the inflow.

Tuesday 4th

Rutland Water: Bittern, Lagoon 3 this morning, but no reports of Cattle Egrets today.

Monday 3rd

Rutland Water: 2 Cattle Egrets still around Egleton Reserve, also Greenshank & 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 1 & 4 Dunlins, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Whinchats at the inflow still, also Marsh Harrier.

Bradgate Park: 1 male Redstart still near the Anstey Gate.

Sunday 2nd

Rutland Water: 2 adult Cattle Egrets, Lagoon 1, one still in full breeding plumage, also Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwits & Dunlin; 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 5; Greenshank, Dunlin & 2 LRPs, Lagoon 4 + 8 + Green Sandpipers & 3 Common Sandpipers around the reserve. Also one of the released White-tailed Eagles from the Isle of Wight project flew over the North Arm yesterday.

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