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Shag
Thornton Res
3rd November 2020
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Thornton Res
3rd November 2020
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Thornton Res
3rd November 2020
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Slavonian Grebe
Rutland Water
23rd October 2020
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Thornton Res
17th October 2020
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Eyebrook Res
1st October 2020
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Thornton
20th September 2020
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Rutland Water
9th September 2020
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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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Pied Flycatcher
Aylestone Meadows
30th August 2020
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Juvenile Shag
Stanford Res
30th August 2020
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Measham
29th August 2020
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Measham
29th August 2020
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Measham
29th August 2020
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NOVEMBER

Wednesday 4th

Rutland Water: 5 Great Northern Divers and 2 Shags at the dam; 8 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 2, and another 5 in the North Arm.

Thornton Res: juv Shag still.

Swithland Res: drake Scaup still on the north side.

There will be no further news now on this page, with the exception of non-twitchable flyovers etc, if I hear about them. While people can still go birding locally, and most sites (including Rutland Water) are remaining open, it is important that we don't cause gatherings of birders, either by putting news out or by twitching. Please stick to the rules, and hopefully bird news will be able to resume in early December.

Tuesday 3rd

Rutland Water: 2 Great Northern Divers & 2 Shags at the dam; presumably a third Great Northern Diver from Teal hide late morning & 4 Whooper Swans in the North Arm early afternoon.

Thornton Res: juv Shag off the car park. 1st site record.

Eyebrook Res: adult Kittiwake off the dam late afternoon.

Groby Pool: Kittiwake briefly this morning.

Stanford Res: Shag opposite the hide (permit holders only).

Swithland Res: drake Scaup still on north side.

Monday 2nd

Swithland Res: drake Scaup still on north side.

Deans Lane: a very late Hobby (latest ever County record) SW this morning.

Sunday 1st

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe, South Arm 3 from Gadwall hide (not Lagoon 1 as reported yesterday); Red-crested Pochard & 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Lyndon reserve.

Long Lane GP, Kegworth: Wood Sandpiper.

Swithland Res: drake Scaup still on north side.

OCTOBER

Saturday 31st

Rutland Water: Hawfinch in Tim's garden this morning.

Swithland Res: drake Scaup still on the north side.

Friday 30th

Rutland Water: female & 1st-winter male Scaup, North Arm; 2 Black-tailed Godwits & 5 Dunlin, Lagoon 1.

Swithland Res: drake Scaup on the north side.

Market Harborough: late Hobby hunting over the River Welland late afternoon.

Wednesday 28th

Rutland Water: redhead Smew, Lagoon 1.

Swithland Res: female Scaup on the south side.

Tuesday 27th

Aylestone Meadows: Yellow-browed Warbler with tit flock in willows near Packhorse Bridge.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe still, Lagoon 3; 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Dunlin & Green Sandpiper, Lagoon 1.

Monday 26th

Brascote Pits: Yellow-browed Warbler still, with Long-tailed Tits near stile from footpath.

Deans Lane: Hawfinch over this morning.

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

Sunday 25th

Brascote Pits: Yellow-browed Warbler along the main footpath this morning.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall, also Rock Pipit at the dam this morning.

Eyebrook Res: Rock Pipit flew over the island this afternoon.

Saturday 24th

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe still at south end of the dam.

Swithland Res: female Merlin flew low east across the north side at 10:09.

Friday 23rd

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe still at south end of the dam; Red-necked Grebe still, Old Hall; drake Common Scoter, North Arm.

Thursday 22nd

Oakham: Yellow-browed Warbler still behind the play area between Wensum Close & Tolethorpe Close.

Fosse Meadows: female/imm Merlin flew south at 10:13.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe still, Lagoon 3; Slav Grebe still at south end of the dam.

Edmondthorpe: 4 Crossbills flew south.

Wednesday 21st

Oakham: Yellow-browed Warbler still behind the play area between Wensum Close & Tolethorpe Close.

Tuesday 20th

Oakham: Yellow-browed Warbler in a garden in Wensum Close for its second day.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe, Lagoon 3; Slav Grebe at the south end of the dam: Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall.

Monday 19th

Stoney Cove: juv Shag still.

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

Sunday 18th

Swithland Res: 1st-winter Little Gull still on north side.

Groby Pool: 2 Hawfinches in valley to the north of the pool, also 2 Crossbills over.

Wanlip North Lakes: 44 Pink-footed Geese flew east at 13:15.

Saturday 17th

Croft Hill: Woodlark flew low north-west this morning, also a Ring Ouzel.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still, Old Hall, plus Rock Pipit there.

Swithland Res: 1st-winter Little Gull & Knot, north side + Rock Pipit flew over.

Thornton Res: Rock Pipit till 09:30 when it flew off high north.

Eyebrook Res: Rock Pipit calling in flight over the inflow this afternoon.

Friday 16th

Brascote Pits: Yellow-browed Warbler with tit flock this afternoon.

Thursday 15th

Watermead CP South: Gannet flew south at 09:20, but no sign of Yellow-browed Warbler today.

Ives Head: Woodlark over this morning.

Rutland Water: drake Common Scoter still off Old Hall.

Wednesday 14th

Watermead CP South: Yellow-browed Warbler again north of Alderton Close car park.

Rutland Water: drake Common Scoter still off Old Hall.

Tuesday 13th

Rutland Water: drake Common Scoter still off Old Hall.

Croft Hill: no sign of Yellow-browed Warbler today. No news either way on the other two birds.

Monday 12th

Burrough Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler in sallows and hawthorns at the bottom of the valley north-east of the hill fort (SK 76245 12209). Also 3 Bramblings, but no sign of probable Radde's Warbler again.

Watermead CP South: Yellow-browed Warbler still north of Alderton Close car park.

Croft Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler still with tit flock, just south of Stanton Lane junction this morning.

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

Sunday 11th

Burrough Hill: probable Radde's Warbler by footpath from Burrough Road on the north side of the country park at SK76111 12358 this morning (Tim Grove), but no sign this afternoon, however the area was more exposed to the wind this afternoon so the bird may well still be nearby having moved somewhere more sheltered.

Watermead CP South: Yellow-browed Warbler just north of the Alderton Close car park.

Aylestone Meadows: 2 Hawfinches, Ring Ouzel & 9 Crossbills over this morning, also Jack Snipe.

Rutland Water: 11 Whooper Swans over South Arm at 10:45; 96 Pink-footed Geese south-east at 11:33 (also over Oakham a few minutes earlier); Red-necked Grebe & drake Common Scoter, South Arm 3.

Ulverscroft NR: 2 Hawfinches late morning.

Swithland Res: 3 Whooper Swans on south side.

Harby: small flock of Whooper Swans heard heading south at 08:40.

Saturday 10th

Croft Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler again with tit flock this morning.

Rutland Water: Spoonbill Lagoon 1, also Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall.

Braunstone: flock of Bewick's Swans heard flying south-west at 20:40.

Friday 9th

Rutland Water: Rock Pipit, Hambleton peninsula + 14 Crossbills flew south this morning; Black Tern, Lagoon 3.

Swithland Res: Rock Pipit flew over the dam early afternoon.

Thursday 8th

Croft Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler again with tit flock this afternoon.

Rutland Water: Black Tern, Fishponds.

Wednesday 7th

Croft Hill: 2 Hawfinches briefly this afternoon, but no sign of Yellow-browed Warbler today.

Tuesday 6th

Croft Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler this morning.

Monday 5th

Eyebrook Res: 3rd-year Gannet flew north at 11:15, also Rock Pipit at the inflow this afternoon, 2 Ruff & 4 Dunlin.

Rutland Water: Rock Pipit at the dam (Sykes Lane end).

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

Tinwell: Marsh Harrier flew east along the River Welland this morning.

Brascote Pits: 4 Stonechats.

Sunday 4th

Rutland Water: 2 Whooper Swans & 9 Common Scoters (also later between Whitwell & the dam), North Arm; 2 Red-breasted Mergansers Lagoon 2 this morning, then flew towards South Arm 3 but no further sign; 2 Grey Plovers briefly Lagoon 4, also Garganey; Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall; 1 juv Shag still on the Limnological Tower.

Ulverscroft: Crane heard calling from Priory Lane at 16:50, heading low south-west towards Newtown Linford.

Brascote Pits: Red-breasted Merganser & Knot this morning only.

Mountsorrel Quarry: 2 Crossbills flew over this afternoon.

Swithland Res: Osprey early afternoon.

Saturday 3rd

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall, also drake Common Scoter, South Arm 3.

Friday 2nd

Rutland Water: adult Whooper Swan still, North Arm & 2 Garganey Fishponds; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Ruff & 3 Dunlin.

Thursday 1st

Rutland Water: adult Whooper Swan still, North Arm & 2 Garganey Fishponds; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall.

Swithland Res: Rock Pipit early afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: juv Whinchat still at the inflow.

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday 30th

Stanford Res: Rock Pipit flew over the dam at 08:31.

Tuesday 29th

Ives Head: 2 Woodlarks SW this morning, also Merlin & 52 Pink-footed Geese over.

Braunstone Park: Lapland Bunting flew SSE at 09:45.

Aylestone Meadows: 35 Pink-footed Geese flew east this morning.

Rutland Water: c30 Pink-footed Geese east over Lagoon 1 at 10:45, also 2 Arctic Terns early afternoon & Grey Plover over AWBC and North Arm this evening; 1 adult Whooper Swan & juv Shag still, North Arm; 2 Garganey still, Fishponds; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; 7 Black-tailed Godwits, Egleton reserve.

Eyebrook Res: Whinchat & 2 Stonechats still at the inflow, also 7 Dunlin, Ruff & Green Sandpiper at the island.

Monday 28th

Deans Lane: Woodlark flew south at 09:36.

Ives Head: Ring Ouzel, 2 Crossbills & Brambling flew over this morning.

Rutland Water: 1 Whooper Swan still in North Arm.

Also Redwings at several sites today.

Sunday 27th

Rutland Water: 5 adult Whooper Swans, North Arm, also 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin & 3 Ringed Plovers; 2 Garganey, still, Fishponds.

Eyebrook Res: juv Whinchat still on Leics side of the inflow + pair of Stonechats, 2 Ruff & 3 Dunlin.

Loughborough: 6 Redwings south-west this morning.

Saturday 26th

Rutland Water: 2 Garganey, Fishponds & juv Shag still, North Arm.

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.

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