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Birds in Leicestershire and Rutland flickr group

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Bee-eaters
Ulverscroft
11th August 2017
© Ben Croxtall

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Ulverscroft
9th August 2017
© Ian Merrill

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Bee-eater
Ulverscroft
9th August 2017
© Andy Mackay

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Baird's Sandpiper
Stanford Res
1st August 2017
© Chris Hubbard

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Pied Flycatcher
Croft Hill
30th July 2017
© Adey Baker

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Ruddy Duck
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© Rosie Thompson

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Bar-tailed Godwit
Rutland Water
1st May 2017
© Andy Mackay

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Black-winged Stilt
Stanford Res
20th April 2017
© Ian Merrill

Also some video of the birds by Mike Tew here

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Female Garganey
Rutland Water
14th April 2017
© Andy Mackay

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Drake Garganey
Rutland Water
12th April 2017
© Richard Pegler

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Sandwich Tern
Eyebrook Res
9th April 2017
© Andy Mackay

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Ring Ouzel
Warren Hills
30th March 2017
© Paul Burton

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Hen Harrier
Eyebrook Res
19th March 2017
© Geof Royle

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Bonaparte's Gull
Swithland Res
12th March 2017
© Steve Mathers

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Bonaparte's Gull
Swithland Res
12th March 2017
© Chris Lythall
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Last update: Thurs 17th August 2017 at 21:30

 
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AUGUST

Thursday 17th

Rutland Water: Black Tern, Lagoon 3 & Wood Sandpiper somewhere (for anyone reporting birds over the Birdfair weekend - it's useful to have a bit more detail other than just 'Rutland Water').

Eyebrook Res: Greenshank & 5 Black-tailed Godwits at the inflow.

No reports of Pectoral Sandpiper at Cropston Res today, and of interest, the flock of 7 Bee-eaters was seen in Hertfordshire today.

Also a nice pair of Leica 10x42 BA binoculars added to the For Sale page today.

Wednesday 16th

Cropston Res: Pectoral Sandpiper still at the inflow.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Greenshanks, 5 Green Sandpipers & 1 Dunlin at the inflow.

No sign of any Bee-eaters at Ulverscroft today.

Tuesday 15th

Cropston Res: Pectoral Sandpiper still at the inflow.

Ulverscroft: 5 Bee-eaters still near the priory at 08:30, but no other reports today.

Thornton Res: 2 juv Med Gulls.

Rutland Water: Greenshank, 3 Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, LRP, 5 Ringed Plovers & 7 Dunlin, Lagoon 4; Scaup, Lagoon 3; Green Sandpiper, Wet Meadow + Marsh Harrier around the Egleton Reserve.

Eyebrook Res: Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper & Green Sandpiper.

Monday 14th

Cropston Res: Pectoral Sandpiper still at the inflow.

Ulverscroft: 4 Bee-eaters still near the priory at 14:30 at least.

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper, Wader Scrape hide briefly this morning; Marsh Harrier & Garganey, Lagoon 3; 2 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 1; Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin & 7 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; 5 Common Sandpipers, 4 Green Sandpipers, 6 Dunlin & 2 Ringed Plovers, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: male & Female Red-crested Pochard still, also 3 Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin & 5 Green Sandpipers.

Sunday 13th

Cropston Res: juv Pectoral Sandpiper at the inflow, also 7 Black-tailed Godwits.

Ulverscroft: 5+ Bee-eaters still.

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper still, North Arm, then flew towards Lagoon 4 in the evening.

Cossington Meadows: Garganey still on Upper Marsh.

Wanlip Meadows: 1 Common Sandpiper & 4 Green Sandpipers.

Saturday 12th

Ulverscroft: 7 Bee-eaters still.

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper, North Arm.

Somerby: Whinchat by stone pile on Newbold Lane this morning.

Eyebrook Res: male & female Red-crested Pochard.

Friday 11th

Ulverscroft: 7 Bee-eaters still, showing well at times from the footpath, usually north-west of the Priory.

Rutland Water: adult Little Gull on Lagoon 4 again this evening.

Eyebrook Res: Marsh Harrier at the inflow.

Launde Abbey: Green Sandpiper on the pond in front of the abbey.

Thursday 10th

Ulverscroft: 7 Bee-eaters still, showing on and off all day near the Priory, and appeared to go to roost beyond the house at 19:45. Park at the junction of Ulverscroft Lane & Priory Lane and follow the footpath NNW to view.

Click here for an updated map showing the area that the birds are feeding in, the footpath and where to park. DO NOT ENTER ANY AREA OFF THE FOOTPATH AND ROAD UNLESS SPECIFICALLY INVITED TO DO SO BY THE LANDOWNER.

The Listing page has been updated with information received so far. Please let me know if you have seen the birds but not had your total updated.

Rutland Water: adult White-winged Black Tern now on Lagoon 3, also Garganey there + Little Gull, North Arm.

Cossington Meadows: Garganey, Upper Marsh.

Eyebrook Res: Wheatear at the island, also 2 Greenshanks, LRP & Common Sandpiper.

Wednesday 9th

Ulverscroft: 7 Bee-eaters still, showing well just beyond the Priory this afternoon.

Rutland Water: adult summer White-winged Black Tern, North Arm this afternoon.

Tuesday 8th

Ulverscroft: 6 Bee-eaters again this afternoon at a private site at the east end of Poultney Wood. The birds are mobile, and flew in from the north on at least one occasion, which suggests that they may be visible at times from the footpath past Ulverscroft Priory and pond, or from various places along Priory Lane. Do not leave the road or footpaths unless given specific permission by the landowner.

Monday 7th

Ulverscroft: 6 BEE-EATERS seen and photographed on private land near Poultney Wood this morning, "stayed for 3 hours" from 11:00. If looking for these birds, please park sensibly opposite the track to Ulverscroft Priory, c. SK503122, and STAY ON PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY!!

Stanford Res: Greenshank, 16 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Dunlin & 6 Green Sandpipers.

Sunday 6th

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe, South Arm 3 (Lapwing hide); adult Little Gull, adult & 3 juv Med Gulls (evening) & Whimbrel, Lagoon 4; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3; Black-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 1 + 3 Great White Egrets still.

Eyebrook Res: Greenshank, Green Sandpiper & 3 Dunlin at the inflow.

Wanlip Meadows: Greenshank & Common Sandpiper.

Cropston Res: 3 Common Sandpipers, Ringed Plover & Dunlin.

Saturday 5th

Rutland Water: Garganey, Lagoon 5; Wood Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper, North Arm; 5 Green Sandpipers, Wet Meadow; 19 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers & Common Sandpiper, Lagoon 4, plus 3 Great White Egrets still around the reserve.

Wanlip Sewage Works: juv Cuckoo near the wind turbine this morning.

Friday 4th

Rutland Water: Garganey, Lagoon 5; Wood Sandpiper & 2 Green Sandpipers, North Arm; 15 Black-tailed Godwits over Lagoon 1; Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, 10+ Ringed Plovers & Common Sandpiper, Lagoon 4 + 3 Great White Egrets still around the reserve.

Thursday 3rd

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper, North Arm.

Wednesday 2nd

Stanford Res: 10 Black-tailed Godwits, but no sign of Baird's Sandpiper today.

Leighfield: 2 Crossbills flew over the north side this morning.

Tuesday 1st

Stanford Res: adult BAIRD'S SANDPIPER for c5 minutes around 18:50, then flew strongly towards Blower's Lodge Bay (on Northants side) and no further sign despite searching. NB access to Stanford Res is by annual permit only (see the Stanford Res page in the Birding Sites section for details), and there are currently no arrangements in place for 'casual' day visits.

Rutland Water: Arctic Tern, Manton Bay + Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

JULY

Monday 31st

Cropston Res: juv Med Gull on the Bradgate Park side this morning.

Sunday 30th

Croft Hill: Pied Flycatcher.

Rutland Water: adult Med Gull & Whimbrel, Lagoon 4; 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 1; female Red-crested Pochard, North Arm & 3+ Great White Egrets still around the reserve.

Wanlip Meadows: 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 LRPs & 1 Common Sandpiper.

Saturday 29th

Rutland Water: male Redstart on the path to Heron hide; Knot & adult Med Gull, Lagoon 4; adult Little Gull & Red-crested Pochard, North Arm.

Cropston Res: 5 Common Sandpipers.

Friday 28th

Rutland Water: 3 Great White Egrets, Heron Bay; Common Sandpiper, Lagoon 4.

Wednesday 26th

Rutland Water: Black Tern, Lagoon 3/4; 2 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 1.

Cropston Res: Marsh Harrier at 17:30, drifted towards Anstey.

Tuesday 25th

Rutland Water: 2 female Goosanders, Crake hide.

Monday 24th

Rutland Water: Knot, 2 Sanderling, Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper, 3 LRPS, 2 Ringed Plover & adult Med Gull, Lagoon 4; Red-crested Pochard, South Arm 3; Common Sandpiper, North Arm + 2+ Great White Egrets around the reserve.

Sunday 23rd

Rutland Water: Med Gull, Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin & 3 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; Common Scoter, South Arm 3 + up to 4 Great White Egrets around the reserve.

Friday 21st

Cropston Res: 2 Little Terns at midday.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Little Terns (possibly the same birds?) this afternoon.

Thursday 20th

Rutland Water: Whimbrel flew west over Lapwing hide; 3 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers, 5 LRPS & 1 Ringed Plover, Lagoon 4; 4 Great White Egrets still around the reserve.

Tuesday 18th

Rutland Water: Black Tern, Common Scoter & Red-crested Pochard, South Arm.

Also a Nikon D200 camera (body only) added to the For Sale page.

Monday 17th

Rutland Water: 3 Common Scoters (2 drakes) & drake Red-crested Pochard still, South Arm 3; Garganey still, Wet Meadow; 31 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 4.

Sunday 16th

Rutland Water: 3 Common Scoters (2 drakes) & drake Red-crested Pochard, South Arm 3; Garganey & Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 1; adult Med Gull, Whimbrel (returning bird of unknown origin with small apparently copper ring on one leg), 3 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plovers & 4 Common Sandpipers, Lagoon 4; 4 Green Sandpipers, Wet Meadow; 3+ Great White Egrets around the reserve.

Saturday 15th

Rutland Water: adult Med Gull & 2 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

Friday 14th

Rutland Water: Garganey, Wet Meadow.

Thursday 13th

Rutland Water: Marsh Harrier & 2 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 1; Green Sandpipers, Wet Meadow & Lagoon 2; Dunlin & 2 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; Great White Egret, South Arm 3; Ruff, North Arm.

Just over the border into Notts, up to 7 Bee-eaters continue to be seen daily at East Leake Quarry, but no further reports of them definitely entering Leics airspace, although they have been seen flying off in our direction on several occasions, usually around 7pm.

Wednesday 12th

Rutland Water: Marsh Harrier & 2 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 1; 3 Green Sandpipers, Wet Meadow; 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Ringed Plovers & 4 Dunlin, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Dunlin.

Tuesday 11th

Rutland Water: 4 Great White Egrets around the reserve.

Monday 10th

Rutland Water: 3 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 4.

Stanford Res: 20 Black-tailed Godwits + 1 Greenshank.

Saturday 8th

Rutland Water: Little Tern, Lagoon 4; 19 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 1; Great White Egrets Lagoons 1 & 4.

Friday 7th

Eyebrook Res: Common Sandpiper & 2 Green Sandpipers at the inflow.

Thursday 6th

Cropston Res: 2 Little Terns.

Wednesday 5th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Lagoon 2; 5 Black-tailed Godwits flew over Lagoon 3; 2 LRPs, North Arm; Ringed Plover, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper & 4 LRPs.

Tuesday 4th

Rutland Water: Great White Egrets, Lagoon 4 & Manton Bay.

Monday 3rd

No reports of yesterday's reported Red-footed Falcon.

Sunday 2nd

Market Harborough/Little Bowden: unconfirmed report of female RED-FOOTED FALCON at 15:10, feeding over fields near the junction of the A6 & Kettering Road, then flew towards Great Bowden.

Saturday 1st

Rutland Water: Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 1; Great White Egret, Lagoon 8.

 

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