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Black-throated Diver
Albert Village Lake
11th February 2018
© Ian Merrill

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Cattle Egret
Thornton
7th February 2018
© Steve Daniels

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Cattle Egret
Thornton
7th February 2018
© Toby Carter

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Hawfinch
Markfield
3rd February 2018
© Graham Otter

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Cattle Egret
Thornton Res
30th January 2018
© Andy Smith

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Great Northern Diver
Rutland Water
1st January 2018
© Rosie Thompson

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Adult Med Gull
Melton CP
11th December 2017
© Toby Carter

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Great Northern Diver
Stanford Res
24th November 2017
© Chris Hubbard

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Red-breasted Mergansers
Rutland Water
18th November 2017
© Rosie Thompson

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American Wigeon
Rutland Water
11th November 2017
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Hawfinch
Burbage Common
14th November 2017
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Cory's Shearwater
Rutland Water
2nd November 2017
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Cory's Shearwater
Rutland Water
2nd November 2017
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Cory's Shearwater
Rutland Water
2nd November 2017
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Cory's Shearwater
Rutland Water
2nd November 2017
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Whooper Swans
Eyebrook Res
22nd October 2017
© Andy Mackay

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Dusky Warbler
Stanford Res
19th October 2017
© Chris Hubbard

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2nd-winter Med Gull
Eyebrook Res
15th October 2017
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Drake American Wigeon
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Rutland Water
30th September 2017
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FEBRUARY

Saturday 24th

Eyebrook Res: adult Iceland Gull from 15:40 & adult Glaucous Gull from 16:10, initially from the island bunker then both later north of the island. Also 3 Smew off Stoke Dry.

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still, also juv Iceland Gull & 2nd-winter Med Gull.

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields behind Sharp's Close.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 2; 6 Smew, Lagoon 4.

Fort Henry Ponds: 4 White-fronted Geese with Greylags on the lower lake. Access via the footpath from Horn Mill or walk from Exton village.

Friday 23rd

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still, also juv Iceland Gull & adult Glaucous Gull on the tip.

Shawell: adult Iceland Gull & juv Glaucous Gull still on the sandpit.

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields behind Sharp's Close.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon back on Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm + 3 Great Northern Divers (end of Hambleton Peninsula; South Arm 2 & 3); Little Gull, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Smew (2 drakes).

Thursday 22nd

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still, also juv Iceland Gull.

Shawell: adult Iceland Gull & juv Glaucous Gull still on the sandpit.

Rutland Water: 28 Whooper Swans flew east this morning, also 5 in the North Arm & Black-necked Grebe still; Red-necked Grebe & 3 Scaup off Old Hall; 8 Smew, Lagoon 4 + adult Med Gull flew over Egleton car park at 10:30.

Saddington Res: Great White Egret still.

Wednesday 21st

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still, also juv Iceland Gull & 3 Med Gulls.

Shawell: adult & near-adult Iceland Gulls + juv Glaucous Gull on the sandpit viewed from Gibbet Lane.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still.

Tuesday 20th

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still, also adult Glaucous Gull this afternoon.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; Great Northern Diver, South Arm 2/Manton Bay; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 14 Smew, Lagoon 4.

Monday 19th

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still.

Sunday 18th

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still.

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields south-west of the village.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still.

Ibstock: 1 Hawfinch still in St Denys churchyard.

Saturday 17th

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still.

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields south-west of the village.

Friday 16th

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still. nearby, 2 adult Glaucous Gulls on the tip.

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields south-west of the village.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Smew (2 drakes).

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver, Barnhill Creek.

Thursday 15th

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still.

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields south-west of the village.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Smew (2 drakes).

Wednesday 14th

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still.

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields south-west of the village.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 2/4 + 5 Smew.

Tuesday 13th

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still.

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields south-west of the village.

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & 3 Scaup (2 drakes), South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: 2 drake & 1 redhead Smew.

Monday 12th

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver still.

Rutland Water: juv Glaucous Gull, Lagoon 4 this evening, also 11 Smew; 3 Great Northern Divers (Barnhill Creek, South Arm 2 from Wigeon hide & Old Hall); drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 2; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm.

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields south-west of the village.

Saddington Res: female Red-breasted Merganser still.

Sunday 11th

Albert Village Lake: juv Black-throated Diver.

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields south-west of the village.

Swithland Res: 2 Crossbills flew south-east over the north side at 09:45.

Rutland Water: 6+ Smew, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: male & female Smew off Stoke Dry.

QEDJ Wood: male Stonechat.

Saturday 10th

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields south-west of the village.

Saddington Res: female Red-breasted Merganser still + Great White Egret.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 5.

Friday 9th

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields south-west of the village.

Eyebrook Res: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull north of the island at 16:45.

Albert Village Lake: juv Glaucous Gull early afternoon.

Saddington Res: female Red-breasted Merganser still + Great White Egret.

Hicks Lodge: 5 Pink-footed Geese.

Thursday 8th

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields south-west of the village, viewable from Sharp's Close or the footpath opposite the Bricklayer's Arms.

Saddington Res: female Red-breasted Merganser still.

Wednesday 7th

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields viewable from Sharp's Close.

Ibstock: ringtail Harrier sp along Leicester Road/Richmond Road at 15:05, heading towards Kelham Bridge.

Saddington Res: female Red-breasted Merganser still.

Wigston Sewage Works: Siberian Chiffchaff still.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still in the haybale field.

Tuesday 6th

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields viewable from Sharp's Close.

Watermead CP South: 5 Whooper Swans this morning at least.

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & 5 Scaup, South Arm; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3 + 13 Smew around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: 5 Smew (3 drakes) off Stoke Dry + 2 Dunlin at the inflow.

Wigston Sewage Farm: Siberian Chiffchaff along the southern perimeter.

Burrough Hill CP: Hawfinch again in the car park by the feeders.

Monday 5th

Thornton: Cattle Egret still in fields viewable from Sharp's Close.

Saddington Res: female Red-breasted Merganser with Goosanders.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & 3 Scaup, South Arm 3; Great Northern Diver & Scaup, South Arm 1; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3.

Burbage Common Extension: 2 Hawfinches still in the haybale field.

Sunday 4th

Thornton: Cattle Egret again in fields viewable from Sharp's Close, off Main Street.

Rutland Water: drake Common Scoter, Goldeneye hide; drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 5; 11 Smew (4 drakes), Lagoon 4; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Smew (2 drakes) off Stoke Dry.

Groby Pool: 1 Hawfinch still north-west of the pool this morning.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still in the haybale field.

Saturday 3rd

Thornton: Cattle Egret again in fields viewable from Sharp's Close, off Main Street. The bird has been in the fields morning and evening for around 3 weeks according to a local resident.

Shawell: juv Glaucous Gull on the sandpit viewed from Gibbet Lane.

Markfield: Hawfinch in a garden on Main Street.

Friday 2nd

Thornton: Cattle Egret again in fields viewable from Sharp's Close, off Main Street this morning, then flew south-west at 09:50 and no further reports.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; 14 Smew (5 drakes), Lagoon 4; Great Northern Diver north end of the dam; Black-necked Grebe, north Arm.

Eyebrook Res: drake Smew off Stoke Dry.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still in the haybale field.

Thursday 1st

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; 9 Smew Lagoon 4; female Stonechat, Lagoon 1; 2 female Scaup, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Smew (2 drakes).

JANUARY 2018

Wednesday 31st

Thornton Res: Cattle Egret again at the outflow this morning till c09:00 when it flew off west with gulls, and was then relocatied in fields south-west of the village, viewable from Sharp's Close, but mobile.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still in the haybale field.

Tuesday 30th

Thornton Res: Cattle Egret at the outflow this morning till 09:30 when it flew off west with Black-headed Gulls and no further sign.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; Great Northern Diver, Barnhill Creek; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 6 Smew (1 drake), Lagoon 4. Also of interest a flock of 44 presumably feral Barnacle Geese with Canads from Goldeneye hide.

Castle Hill Park, Beaumont Leys: Short-eared Owl this evening, viewed from Cherrybrook Close; flew towards Long Close Meadow/Churchbell Wood.

Monday 29th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2.

Eyebrook Res: drake & redhead Smew.

Sunday 28th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 2; Great Northern Diver, Barnhill Creek; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 14+ Smew around the reserve.

Burbage Common Extension: 2 Hawfinches in the haybale field/arboretum area.

Saddington Res: Great White Egret.

Saturday 27th

Shawell: juv Iceland Gull on the sandpit viewed from Gibbet Lane.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 2; 2 Great Northern Divers, Barnhill Creek & Black-necked Grebe, North Arm.

Friday 26th

Rutland Water: Snow Bunting heard in flight over Whitwell at 09:50; Great Northern Diver, Barnhill Creek; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 13 Smew + Ringed Plover still, Lagoon 4.

Great Glen: Waxwing this morning (for its 3rd day), but no sign early afternoon - park in Stone Hill Drive and take the footpath at the left end of the flats to the open space behind. Please respect residents' privacy.

Shawell: juv Glaucous Gull again on the sandpit viewed from Gibbet Lane.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch in the haybale field.

Castle Donington: c150 Pink-footed Geese over East Midlands Airport this morning.

Thursday 25th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver, Barnhill Creek; 6 Smew (2 drakes) + Ringed Plover, Lagoon 4.

Shawell: juv Glaucous Gull again on the sandpit viewed from Gibbet Lane.

Burbage Common Extension: 2 Hawfinches in the haybale field.

Eyebrook Res: 2 drake & 1 redhead Smew + c40 Dunlin.

Wednesday 24th

Eyebrook Res: Merlin near the island early afternoon, then flew south.

Tuesday 23rd

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & 4 Scaup, South Arm 3; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Great Northern Diver, end of Hambleton Peninsula.

Hicks Lodge: 1 Pink-footed Goose with Greylag flock.

Monday 22nd

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe & 3 Scaup, Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Great Northern Diver, Barnhill Creek; 5 Smew (2 drakes), Lagoon 4.

Sunday 21st

Rutland Water: Brent Goose still, end of Hambleton Peninsula; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm + Rock Pipit, Dickinson's Bay; drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 2; 10 Smew around the reserve; Stonechat, Lagoon 4 (Plover hide).

Shawell: juv Glaucous Gull on pit viewed from Gibbet Lane.

Horn Mill: Nordic Jackdaw along the valley to the north with large mixed flock of Jackdaws & Rooks.

Grimston: female Brambling at the grain dryer.

Saturday 20th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & 2 Scaup, Old Hall; drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 2; 7 Smew (1 drake), Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: 5 Smew (3 drakes), Ruff & c40 Dunlin.

Albert Village Lake: juv Glaucous Gull still.

Burbage Common Extension: Hawfinch still in the haybale field.

Friday 19th

Albert Village Lake: juv Glaucous Gull still.

Burbage Common Extension: Hawfinch still in the haybale field.

Thursday 18th

Longmoor Lake: 3 Pink-footed Geese still.

Burbage Common Extension: Hawfinch still in the haybale field.

Wednesday 17th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon reported back on Lagoon 2 - NB there is now also a hybrid American x Eurasian Wigeon around as well (seen on Lagoon 4 last Thursday at least); Brent Goose still at the end of Hambleton Peninsula; Great Northern Diver, Barnhill Creek.

Albert Village Lake: juv Glaucous Gull at midday.

Tuesday 16th

Longmoor Lake: Common Redpoll still with finch flock, 500m east of the visitor barns, also Brambling on the north side of QEDJ Wood, 3 Stonechats around the site and 3 Pink-footed Geese on the lake.

Rutland Water: Brent Goose on the south side of Hambleton Peninsula opposite Normanton; 2 Great Northern Divers & Common Sandpiper, Barnhill Creek; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: 2 drake & 1 redhead Smew.

Monday 15th

Rutland Water: Brent Goose still at the end of Hambleton Peninsula, also Great Northern Diver & Common Sandpiper in Barnhill Creek; Red-breasted Merganser at the south end of the dam.

Eyebrook Res: Ruff & 25 Dunlin.

Sunday 14th

Longmoor Lake: At least one Common Redpoll with mobile finch flock (c30 Lesser Redpoll & c150 Goldfinches) ranging widely over the site. Also 1 Stonechat.

Rutland Water: Brent Goose still at the end of Hambleton Peninsula; Great Northern Diver & Red-breasted Merganser at the dam; Red-necked Grebe & 5 Scaup (1 drake), Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 10 Smew, Lagoon 4; 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: pair of Smew off Stoke Dry.

Groby Pool: 2 Hawfinches still north-west of the pool near the old tip.

Ibstock: 1 Hawfinch still, St Denys churchyard.

Saturday 13th

Rutland Water: probable Glossy Ibis flew south over the Egleton reserve mid morning (and then presumably the same bird reported flying south-east along the River Chater at Pilton at 10:30). Also Brent Goose at the end of Hambleton Peninsula; drake Red-breasted Merganser & Great Northern Diver at the dam; Red-necked Grebe & 6 Scaup, Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm; 9 Smew (2 drakes), Lagoon 4.

Shawell: juv Glaucous Gull in sheep field this morning.

Albert Village Lake: juv Iceland Gull again this morning.

Eyebrook Res: drake Smew just south of Stoke Dry car park.

Burrough Hill CP: Hawfinch in car park near the feeders this afternoon.

Ibstock: 1 Hawfinch still at St Denys churchyard.

Friday 12th

Rutland Water: drake Red-breasted Merganser between Whitwell & the dam; 2 Great Northern Divers at the dam; Red-necked Grebe & 4 Scaup, Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm; 11 Smew (2 drakes), Lagoon 4.

Albert Village Lake: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull briefly this morning.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still

Thursday 11th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & 2 female Scaup, Old Hall; Great Northern Diver, Barnhill Creek; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 6 Smew, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: juv Glaucous Gull in the roost again, also 3 drake Smew.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still around the hay bale field.

Wednesday 10th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe & 2 female Scaup, Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm & 10+ Smew around the reserve.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still around the hay bale field.

Tuesday 9th

Eyebrook Res: 2 Bewick's & 3 Whooper Swans (all adults) south of the island this morning, but had gone by 09:50. Juv Glaucous Gull in the roost again this evening.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; 16 Smew, Lagoon 4; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Great Northern Diver & Common Sandpiper end of Hambleton Peninsula.

Monday 8th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon & 4 Smew (3 drakes), Lagoon 2; Great Northern Diver, Barnhill Creek; Red-necked Grebe & 2 female Scaup, Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe, north Arm.

Eyebrook Res: 5 adult Whooper Swans + drake & redhead Smew.

Sunday 7th

Rutland Water: 3 Great Northern Divers, end of Hambleton Peninsula; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 10 Smew, Lagoon 4 + unconfirmed report of juv Iceland Gull, South Arm 3 this morning.

Eyebrook Res: juv Glaucous Gull in the roost south of the island from 15:50 + Great White Egret still at the inflow.

Swithland Res: 3 Whooper Swans on the north side; nearby, Hawfinch flew north-east along Cropston Res dam at 09:00.

Thornton Res: drake & redhead Smew.

Battram: 3 Hawfinches still by the Wood Road turning.

Stoughton Airfield: Stonechat & Brambling.

Saturday 6th

Big movement of Pink-footed Geese this morning, with most birds heading north-west: 250+ over Burrough on the Hill at 09:00; 100+ over Tilton, then possibly the same over Great Glen at 09:10; unseen flocks heard over Loughborough and Whetstone, 09:10 - 09:20; 105 over Loughborough at 09:28 and c250 at 09:39; 200+ over Pickwell at 09:48; another 50+ over Tilton at 10:00 and another unseen flock at 10:09; 90 over Loughborough at 10:38, and an unseen group over Ibstock at 10:45.

Great Glen: 13 Whooper Swans flew north at 09:25, and probably the same flock at Albert Village Lake at midday.

Eyebrook Res: adult and juv Glaucous Gulls in the roost this evening, also 3 drake & 2 redhead Smew, Great White Egret & Stonechat.

Shawell A5 Lagoons: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull.

Rutland Water: 1 Great Northern Diver still, Barnhill Creek; Red-necked Grebe & 2 female Scaup, Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 2/South Arm 3.

Friday 5th

Rutland Water: Flocks of 200 & 70 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Egleton reserve at 15:15 & 15:20; Great Northern Diver still, Barnhill Creek; Red-necked Grebe & 1st-winter drake Scaup, Old Hall; 8 Smew (3 drakes), Lagoon 2/4.

Eyebrook Res: 2 drake Smew.

Loughborough: 90 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west at 16:25.

Syston: 23 Pink-footed Geese flew low north-east at 16:15.

Thursday 4th

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; drake & redhead Smew, Lagoon 2.

Wednesday 3rd

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2, also 5 Smew (2 drakes); 5 Scaup off Old Hall.

Tuesday 2nd

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon back on Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe off Old Hall, South Arm 3, also Black-necked Grebe & 2 female Scaup; Great Northern Diver near Teal hide; 2+ Great Northern Divers, Barnhill Creek; 2+ Stonechats, Lagoon 1 & 8 Smew around the reserve.

Monday 1st

Rutland Water: 4 Great Northern Divers, Barnhill Creek, Hambleton Peninsula, also Common Sandpiper there; Red-necked Grebe & 3 female Scaup, Old Hall, South Arm 3; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm off Barnsdale; drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 4 (Dunlin hide); Bittern, redhead Smew & 3 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; 3 redhead Smew, Lagoon 2; redhead Smew, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Smew (2 drakes) at the dam; drake Scaup; Common Sandpiper on the south-west shore to the right of the hide; male Stonechat at the inflow, but no sign of any Black-necked Grebes.

Hicks Lodge: 3 Pink-footed Geese.

Cropston Res: female Merlin flew west at 10:20

Hawfinches: 2 still at St Denys churchyard, Ibstock, and singles at Exton Park cemetery & Clipsham church.

 

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