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Bewick's Swan
Stanford Res
24th November 2019
© Chris Hubbard

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Red-breasted Merganser
Rutland Water
17th November 2019
© Chris Hubbard

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Knot
Thornton Res
1st November 2019
© Geoff Busby

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Yellow-browed Warbler
Rutland Water
19th October 2019
© Andy Mackay

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White-rumped Sandpiper
Rutland Water
15th October 2019
© Andy Mackay

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Drake Lesser Scaup
Rutland Water
12th October 2019
© Andy Mackay

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Spoonbill
Rutland Water
6th October 2019
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Whinchat
Rutland Water
16th September 2019
© Andy Mackay

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Knot
Rutland Water
11th September 2019
© Richard Bayldon

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Adult Sandwich Tern
Thornton Res
9th September 2019
© Dave Wright

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Juv Sandwich Tern
Thornton Res
9th September 2019
© Phil Crowfoot

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Redstart
Bradgate Park
19th August 2019
© Iain Tidmarsh

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Wood Sandpiper
Great Glen
29th July 2019
© Chris Hubbard

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Spoonbill
Thornton Res
29th July 2019
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Whooper Swan
Groby Pool
8th June 2019
© Allen Pocock

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DECEMBER

Saturday 7th

Stanford Hall: Brent Goose with Canada flock, viewed from the entrance gate.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; Slav Grebe, Dickinson's Bay; 2 Black-necked Grebes, Teal Hide; 4 Scaup, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still.

Friday 6th

Stanford Res: Brent Goose with Canada/Greylag flock.

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still between the island and the dam.

Tuesday 3rd

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; Slav Grebe, Dickinson's Bay; 2 Black-necked Grebes, Teal hide; 2 female Scaup & 2 Green Sandpipers, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still north of the island.

Monday 2nd

Stanford Res: adult Med Gull late afternoon.

Rutland Water: 3 redhead Smew still, Lagoon 4.

Sunday 1st

Stanford Res: Brent Goose flew east over inflow at 15:10.

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still, also redhead Smew & 2nd-winter Med Gull.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still, Old Hall.

NOVEMBER

Saturday 30th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still, Old Hall; Slav Grebe still, Dickinson's Bay.

Friday 29th

Rutland Water: 9 Whooper Swans, Teal Hide; 3 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4.

Thursday 28th

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still.

Wednesday 27th

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still.

Tuesday 26th

Rutland Water: 4 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; Slav Grebe, North Arm; 2 Black-necked Grebes, Teal Hide.

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still.

Monday 25th

Glenfield: Spoonbill flew north-east over Kirby Road at 10:45.

Sunday 24th

Stanford Res: 5 adult & 4 juv Bewick's Swans, still present at dusk.

Rutland Water: Red-breasted Merganser still at the dam, and presumably a different bird in the North Arm off Hambleton Wood, also 4 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Scaup + Stonechat, North Arm; 4 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: 8 adult Whooper Swans early afternoon, then flew off, also Red-throated Diver still.

Swithland Res: redhead Smew.

Saturday 23rd

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still.

Rutland Water: Turnstone flew low over Lagoon 1 at 15:00.

Friday 22nd

Ashby-de-la-Zouch: of interest, a Snow Bunting photographed on farmland today, but no public access.

Thursday 21st

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still north of the island.

Rutland Water: Red-breasted Merganser still off the dam.

Wednesday 20th

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still north of the island, also 1 Stonechat at the inflow.

Tuesday 19th

Rutland Water: Red-breasted Merganser still at the south end of the dam; Slav Grebe & 2 Scaup, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; 2 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4 + 1 Lagoon 2.

Eyebrook Res: Jack Snipe at the inflow, Red-throated Diver still around the island & 2 Red-crested Pochards.

Monday 18th

Leighfield: Hawfinch late morning, then flew south.

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver off Holyoaks gate.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; 2 Black-necked Grebes, Teal hide.

Sunday 17th

Rutland Water: Red-breasted Merganser at the south end of the dam.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Jack Snipe on mud at the inflow, also Red-throated Diver still north of the island.

Saturday 16th

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still north of the island.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall; 2 Black-necked Grebes, Teal hide; female Common Scoter, North Arm; redhead Smew, Lagoon 4.

Friday 15th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall.

Thursday 14th

Eaton: Rough-legged Buzzard c1 mile south-west of the village, flying towards Goadby Marwood this morning.

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver, North Arm.

Wednesday 13th

Ketton: Waxwing in garden on Empingham Road.

Eyebrook Res: redhead Smew at the island.

Tuesday 12th

Rutland Water: 3 Pink-footed Geese & Slav Grebe, North Arm; 2 Black-necked Grebes still, Teal hide.

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still north of the island.

Monday 11th

Rutland Water: 2 Whooper Swans, end of Hambleton Peninsula; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; Slav Grebe, Teal hide.

Sunday 10th

Rutland Water: 2 Smew, Lagoon 3; Slav Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes, Teal hide; adult Med Gull, Lapwing hide.

Saturday 9th

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe, Lagoon 3; Knot, Goldeneye hide; 4 Scaup & female Common Scoter, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall & 2 Black-necked Grebes, Teal hide.

Eyebrook Res: Red-throated Diver still.

Friday 8th

Rutland Water: 2 Black-necked Grebes still, Teal hide.

Stanford Res: 6 Whooper Swans flew north at 15:00 + adult Med Gull in the roost.

Thursday 7th

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes, Teal Hide; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; female Common Scoter, North Arm.

Wednesday 6th

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes & 5+ Red-crested Pochards, Teal Hide; female Scaup at the dam.

Eyebrook Res: juv Red-throated Diver still, north of the island late afternoon.

Ellistown: 2 Jack Snipes at Ellistown Pit Bank.

Tuesday 5th

Rutland Water: 2 Brent Geese Lagoon 1 briefly, then flew off, also redhead Smew still; Slav Grebe, Red-necked Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes all from Teal hide, Lyndon; female Common Scoter still, North Arm off Barnsdale.

Eyebrook Res: juv Red-throated Diver still, between the island and Holyoaks this morning.

Stanford Res: adult Med Gull in the roost this evening.

Groby Pool: 3 Red-crested Pochards (2 drakes).

Monday 4th

Eyebrook Res: juv Red-throated Diver still around the island, also 3 Red-crested Pochards.

Rutland Water: female Common Scoter, female Scaup, Black-necked Grebe & 8 Red-crested Pochards, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe still, Old Hall.

Stanford Res: female/imm Merlin flew north-east over the dam towards South Kilworth at 07:54.

Sunday 3rd

Ibstock: Firecrest briefly with tit flock at the sewage works late morning, also Siberian Chiffchaff. SK399091. Park only in the Church View area and follow footpaths.

Rutland Water: 4 Bearded Tits, Lagoon 3 from Bittern hide; 1 Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe still, South Arm 3 off Old Hall; redhead Smew, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: juv Red-throated Diver still, south of the island early afternoon.

Croft Hill: Short-eared Owl briefly this morning, then flew west.

Stanford Res: 3 Red-crested Pochards.

Saturday 2nd

Eyebrook Res: juv Red-throated Diver north of the island this afternoon.

Rutland Water: 4 Bearded Tits North Arm, then flew towards Lagoon 3, also 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm. Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall.

Friday 1st

Thornton Res: Knot at the outflow.

OCTOBER

Wednesday 30th

Late news for yesterday: Black Redstart in a private garden at South Kilworth, but no sign today.

Tuesday 29th

Rutland Water: No sign of White-rumped Sandpiper today. Redhead Smew still, Lagoon 1; Slav Grebe, Teal hide; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; 2 Bramblings + Woodcock, end of Hambleton Peninsula.

Monday 28th

Rutland Water: 1st-winter White-rumped Sandpiper (presumed different to the one 2 weeks ago), Lagoon 4, also adult Med Gull in the roost there; Slav Grebe still showing well from Teal hide; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3 off Old Hall, also 5 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; redhead Smew, Lagoon 1. Also the drake Hooded Merganser is an escape (small metal ring on right leg).

Sunday 27th

Rutland Water: adult drake Hooded Merganser of unknown origin, Lagoon 2. Bird is 'apparently unringed'. Redhead Smew still, Lagoon 1; Slav Grebe (showing down to a few yards!), Teal hide, Lyndon. Scaup (presumably the female that's been around), Fishponds.

Deans Lane: Woodlark flew south this morning.

Saturday 26th

Rutland Water: redhead Smew, Lagoon 1; Slav Grebe, Teal hide, Lyndon.

Friday 25th

Rutland Water: redhead Smew, Lagoon 1; 9 Whooper Swans flew south-east over South Arm 3 at 17:05, also Red-necked Grebe still.

Wednesday 23rd

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe still at Sykes Lane end of the dam; Grey Plover, Lagoon 4.

Whetstone: Waxwing flew west.

Tuesday 22nd

Rutland Water: Snow Bunting flew along the dam at 11:00, and looked like it came down towards the Sykes Lane end, but no further sign. Also Rock Pipit there, and a Slav Grebe at the north end. Red-necked Grebe & female Scaup, South Arm 3; adult Med Gull, Lagoon 4. No sign of either the Lesser Scaup or the Tufted x Pochard hybrid today (and seemingly far fewer Tufted Ducks around than at the weekend).

Groby Pool: Garganey.

Beacon Hill: 1 Brambling.

Monday 21st

North Luffenham Airfield: female Stonechat.

Sunday 20th

Rutland Water: Yellow-browed Warbler reported calling behind the Anglian Birdwatching Centre around midday, but no other sign or sound of it all day. No sign of Lesser Scaup today - the bird reported by the national news services on Lagoon 1 this morning was a Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrid (darker & plainer mantle, white flanks and larger black tip to the bill). Red-necked Grebe & female Scaup, Manton Bay; Garganey, Lagoon 4.

Oaks in Charnwood: Woodlark flew over this morning.

North Luffenham Airfield: late Wheatear.

Saturday 19th

Rutland Water: Yellow-browed Warbler behind the Anglian Birdwatching Centre, Egleton; Lesser Scaup Lagoon 1; Red-necked Grebe east of Old Hall.

Friday 18th

Rutland Water: Lesser Scaup North Arm, then Lagoon 1; Slav Grebe, North Arm; Jack Snipe still, Lagoon 3; Black-necked Grebe, South Arm 3 between Fieldfare & Gadwall hides.

North Luffenham Airfield: 5 Fieldfares over this morning.

Thursday 17th

Rutland Water: Lesser Scaup reported Lagoon 1 this morning, then flew towards the North Arm, but no further sign; 2 Jack Snipes, Lagoon 3; Rock Pipit and Brambling over the North Arm. No reports of Spoonbill since Tuesday.

Deans Lane: 6 Hawfinches flew west this morning, and 4 over Oaks in Charnwood a few minutes later (almost certainly the same birds).

Tuesday 15th

Rutland Water: juv White-rumped Sandpiper, Lagoon 4 this afternoon, but no sign late afternoon, also Garganey there. Drake Lesser Scaup still, North Arm, also Rock Pipit flew over, and Black-necked Grebe nearby in the Fishponds (same bird later seen South Arm 3). Spoonbill still, Lagoon 1/4; Jack Snipe & Bittern, Lagoon 3. Red-necked Grebe still, South Arm 3.

Bardon: Yellow-browed Warbler sadly found moribund at the Industrial Estate, and later died.

Also the For Sale page updated with a Nikon D300s camera body with extras.

Monday 14th

Rutland Water: drake Lesser Scaup still, North Arm; Spoonbill now on Lagoon 3.

North Luffenham Airfield: a very late Quail flushed (first ever October record for the counties), and a Brambling ringed.

Sunday 13th

Rutland Water: drake Lesser Scaup, North Arm, off Barnsdale; Spoonbill still, Lagoon 1.

Longmoor Lake: 14 Whooper Swans flew east at 17:00.

Saturday 12th

Ibstock: female Goshawk flew south at 10:30 (Rhys Dandy).

Rutland Water: drake Lesser Scaup still in North Arm this morning, then flushed by a fishing boat at 09:30 and spent most of the day on Lagoon 3 before ending up in South Arm 3 late afternoon. Also Spoonbill still, Lagoon 1; Jack Snipe, Lagoon 3; Red-necked Grebe & female Scaup, South Arm 3.

Friday 11th

Rutland Water: drake Lesser Scaup still in North Arm, best viewed from the fishermen's car park on the Hambleton Peninsula road. Spoonbill still, Lagoon 1 + Common Sandpiper; Dunlin & 2 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3.

Thursday 10th

Rutland Water: drake Lesser Scaup, Lagoon 3, then relocated in the North Arm from the fishermen's car park, also Spoonbill still, Lagoon 1. Reported Sandwich Tern was a winter plumage Common Tern.

Wednesday 9th

Rutland Water: Spoonbill still, Lagoon 1, also Rock Pipit, Lagoon 4.

Tuesday 8th

Rutland Water: Spoonbill still, Lagoon 1.

Monday 7th

Rutland Water: Spoonbill still, Lagoon 1.

Sunday 6th

Fort Henry Ponds: Yellow-browed Warbler in bushes by outfall at the lower lake (access via footpath from Horn Mill).

Rutland Water: adult Spoonbill, Lagoon 1; 18 Knot & 4 Ruff dropped into Lagoon 4 at 13:30.

Saturday 5th

Rutland Water: Cattle Egret briefly on Lagoon 1 this morning, but no further sign all day. Also Knot & Avocet, Lagoon 4 & Red-necked Grebe still, South Arm 3.

Friday 4th

North Luffenham Airfield: Stonechat + another 75 Redwings over.

Thursday 3rd

Thornton Res: Garganey still.

Redwings over several sites in Rutland today: 125 at North Luffenham Airfield, 50 at Preston, 25 at Ridlington and 20 at Wing.

Wednesday 2nd

Swithland Res: Whooper Swan on the north side, then flew towards Quorn.

Coalville: Manx Shearwater found dead today.

Tuesday 1st

Rutland Water: 2 Arctic Skuas south-west over Lagoon 1 early afternoon.

North Luffenham Airfield: 2 Wheatears.

Dragonfly news: another Willow Emerald Damselfly was seen at Watermead CP yesterday. These must now be widespread in the county, and could be found anywhere with suitable habitat. Please report any sightings to the County Dragonfly Recorder, Ian Merrill: i.merrill@btopenworld.com

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