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Jack Snipe
Rutland Water
9th January 2019
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Jack Snipe
Rutland Water
9th January 2019
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Waxwing
Loughborough
4th January 2019
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Waxwing
Loughborough
4th January 2019
© Stuart King

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Bewick's Swan
Eyebrook Res
22nd December 2018
© Andy Mackay

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Pink-footed Goose
Eyebrook Res
22nd December 2018
© Andy Mackay

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Snow Bunting
Rutland Water
16th December 2018
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Snow Bunting
Rutland Water
16th December 2018
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Shags
Rutland Water
13th December 2018
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Snow Bunting
Rutland Water
14th December 2018
© Stuart King

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Snow Bunting
Rutland Water
12th December 2018
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Whooper Swan
Stanford Res
13th November 2018
© Chris Hubbard

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Bradgate Park
20th October 2018
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Purple Sandpiper
Rutland Water
3rd October 2018
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JANUARY 2019

Saturday 19th

Syston: 4 Waxwings in Chatsworth Drive behind garages.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.

Rutland Water: 2 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm; 2 Red-necked Grebes & Great Nothern Diver, Old Hall.

Friday 18th

Rutland Water: 2 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm.

Thursday 17th

Stanford Res: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull & 2nd-winter Iceland Gull late afternoon.

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe & 2 Slav Grebes, North Arm; 2 Red-necked Grebes & 2 Great Northern Divers, Old Hall; pair of Smew, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 16+ Smew (5 drakes).

Wednesday 16th

Leicester: 5+ Waxwings, Narborough Road/Upperton Road this morning, then flew towards Fosse Road.

Loughborough: 1 Waxwing still, Park Road/Jetcott Avenue (and yesterday).

Stanford Res: juv Glaucous Gull & 2 White-fronted Geese late afternoon.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe, Crake hide; Shag still at the dam; 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm + 2 drake Smew, Deep Water hide.

Tuesday 15th

Leicester: 7 Waxwings in Wyngate Drive, Western Park this morning, also 1 still in Wellington Street opposite the Holy Cross Centre.

Rutland Water: 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers & 2 Red-necked Grebes, South Arm 3; drake Smew, Lagoon 3.

Monday 14th

Leicester: 1 Waxwing in Duke Street/Wellington Street area (near the junction of Regent Road & Welford Road).

Shawell Sandpits: 3 juv Glaucous Gulls from Gibbet Lane.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe still, Crake hide; 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Shag still at the dam; 2 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers & 3+ Scaup, Old Hall; drake Smew, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 12+ Smew (5 drakes).

Stanford Res: 2 Pink-footed Geese.

Sunday 13th

Watermead CP North: female Red-breasted Merganser, King Lear's Lake this morning, but no sign when looked for later. Nearby, redhead Smew still, Watermead CP Birstall.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe again from Crake hide + drake Smew, Lagoon 3.

Shawell Sandpits: juv Glaucous Gull still.

Loughborough: 2 Waxwings still, Park Road.

Eyebrook Res: 10 Smew (4 drakes).

Saturday 12th

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe again from Crake hide this morning; 2 Red-necked Grebes & 2 Great Northern Divers, Old Hall; 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Stanford Res: juv Glaucous Gull late morning.

Eyebrook Res: no sign of yesterday's Iceland Gull in the roost; 1st-winter Med Gull north of the island late afternoon + 14 Smew (5 drakes) south of Stoke Dry car park.

Loughborough: 2 Waxwings still, Park Road.

Friday 11th

Eyebrook Res: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull on the south side of the island late afternoon, also 10 Smew (4 drakes) & 53 Dunlin.

Rutland Water: 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; drake American Wigeon, Tufted Duck hide, Lyndon; 2 Great Northern Divers, Teal hide, Lyndon; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; 9 Scaup, Lagoon 3/South Arm 3.

Loughborough: 2 Waxwings still in Park Road.

Thursday 10th

Thornton: 1 Waxwing in Sharp's Close.

Loughborough: 7 Waxwings, Hume Street/Pinfold Gate & 1 still, Park Road.

Rutland Water: 1 Shag still at the dam.

Watermead CP Birstall: redhead Smew.

Wednesday 9th

Loughborough: 6+ Waxwings still in Hume Street/Pinfold Gate and 2 in Park Road this morning near the junction with Silverton Road.

Wanlip Meadows: Jack Snipe flushed during works this afternoon.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe still, Crake hide & drake American Wigeon still, Deep Water hide.

For Sale page updated with a Manfrotto tripod.

Tuesday 8th

Loughborough: 7 Waxwings at the junction of Hume Street & Pinfold Gate, and presumably the same birds also in Freehold Street, plus 2 still on Park Road.

Rutland Water: all the usual stuff, including the Jack Snipe again at Crake hide.

Eyebrook Res: 11 Smew (4 drakes), 1 Stonechat & 68 Dunlin.

Monday 7th

Loughborough: 7 Waxwings at the junction of Hume Street & Pinfold Gate, also 2 still on Park Road.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, Lyndon; 2 Shags at the dam & 2 Red-necked Grebes east of Old Hall.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull & juv Glaucous Gull still from Gibbet Lane.

Sunday 6th

Ellistown: female Merlin again opposite the Amazon depot on Beveridge Lane.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe again, Crake hide this morning only; drake American Wigeon still, Lyndon, also 63 Red-crested Pochards & 2nd-winter Med Gull; Shag at the dam; Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Divers, 5 Scaup (2 drakes) & 2 Ruff, South Arm 3; 2 Slav Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes & Pink-footed Goose, North Arm; female Scaup, Lagoon 3; 9+ Smew (3 drakes) around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: 7 Smew (3 drakes) + pair of Stonechats at the inflow.

Saturday 5th

Ellistown: female Merlin near disused barn opposite the Amazon depot on Beveridge Lane (present several days).

Loughborough: 1 Waxwing still on Park Road near the junction with Silverton Road.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull, juv & 2nd-winter Glaucous Gulls from Gibbet Lane.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, Lyndon; Shag still at the dam; 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1+ Slav Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, female Scaup & 3 Red-crested Pochards, North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers, South Arm 3; 4 Smew (1 drake), Lagoon 4.

Bradgate Park: 1 Common Redpoll again with Lesser Redpoll flock near Deerbarn tea room, but mobile.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Smew (4 drakes).

Friday 4th

Loughborough: 2+ Waxwings still on Park Road near the junction with Silverton Road.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe, Crake hide; drake American Wigeon, Lyndon; 2 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers & 2 Scaup, South Arm 3; 2 Slav Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes & redhead Smew, North Arm; Bittern, Lagoon 3; drake Scaup, Wigeon hide; 2 Smew, Lagoon 4.

Hicks Lodge: Jack Snipe.

Thursday 3rd

Loughborough: 3 Waxwings on Park Road near the junction with Silverton Road.

Shawell Sandpits: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull juv & 2nd-winter Glaucous Gulls viewed from Gibbet Lane.

Rutland Water: 2 Slav Grebes & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & Great Northern Diver, South Arm 3; 4 Smew (2 drakes), Lagoon 4; 8 Scaup, Wigeon hide.

Eyebrook Res: 5 Smew (3 drakes).

Wednesday 2nd

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe again from Crake hide; Brent Goose at the dam, then Fishponds & 2 Red-necked Grebes together in South Arm 3; otherwise an almost identical list to yesterday (and the last several weeks).

Eyebrook Res: adult Med Gull in the roost south of the island; 11 Smew (5 drakes) & 2 Pink-footed Geese still.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull again from Gibbet Lane.

Tuesday 1st

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe, Crake hide; Snow Bunting & 2 Shags, dam; drake American Wigeon, Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Divers, 6 Scaup (3 drakes) & 51 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; 2 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 2 Pink-footed Geese, Teal hide this morning (probably the same as the Eyebrook birds) + 9 Smew (4 drakes) around the Egleton reserve.

Bradgate Park: 1+ Common Redpoll with 100+ Lessers near Hallgates car park.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter & adult Glaucous Gulls from Gibbet Lane.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Pink-footed Geese opposite Stoke Dry + 7 Smew (5 drakes).

Groby Pool: drake Red-breasted Merganser at 15:00, but no sign when looked for later.

DECEMBER

Monday 31st

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull from Gibbet Lane.

Warren Hills: 1+ Common Redpoll with c50 Lesser Redpolls.

Rutland Water: Snow Bunting & Shag still at the dam.

Sunday 30th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Deep Water hide, Lyndon; Snow Bunting & Shag still at the dam; 2 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 drake Scaup & 41 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm; drake Smew, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 2 redhead Smew.

Saturday 29th

Rutland Water: Snow Bunting & Shag still at the dam; 2 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Bewick's Swan still, also 2 Pink-footed Geese with the Greylags and 8 Smew (3 drakes).

Shawell Sandpit: adult Glaucous Gull from Gibbet Lane late morning.

Friday 28th

Rutland Water: Snow Bunting & Shag still at the dam; 2 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers, Red-necked Grebe, South Arm + 5 Bewick's Swans on Goldeneye spit.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull from Gibbet Lane this morning.

Eyebrook Res: adult Bewick's Swan still in field opposite Alec Lane gate, 9 Smew (4 drakes) still, the 2 Pink-footed Geese dropped in at 13:55, 4 Red-crested Pochards & c50 Dunlin.

Thursday 27th

Rutland Water: Snow Bunting & Shag still at the dam; 2 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm.

Stanford Res: 4 Red-crested Pochards.

Wednesday 26th

Rutland Water: Snow Bunting & Shag still at the dam; 2 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers, Red-necked Grebe, 2 Scaup & 10 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; 3 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4.

Tuesday 25th

Rutland Water: Snow Bunting & Shag still at the dam; 2 Slav Grebes North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers & 4 Scaup, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: adult Bewick's Swan still in field opposite Alec Lane gate + 9 Smew still (4 drakes).

Monday 24th

Quorn: 3 Waxwings at the corner of Chaveney Road and Woodhouse Road.

Bradgate Park: 1+ Common Redpoll still with large flock of Lesser Redpolls near the Deer Barn tea room.

Stoughton Airfield: male Merlin again on the south side.

Rutland Water: 1 Snow Bunting still half way along the dam + Shag still; 6 Bewick's Swans & 3 redhead Smew, Lagoon 1; 2 Slav Grebes, North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers & 4 Scaup, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: Bewick's Swan still in field opposite Alec Lane gate + 9 Smew (4 drakes).

Sunday 23rd

Rutland Water: 2 Snow Buntings (first time there have been 2 there for ten days) & 3 Shags at the dam.

Eyebrook Res: 7 Smew (4 drakes) south of the island.

Saturday 22nd

Bradgate Park: at least one Common Redpoll with c300 Lessers near the Deer Barn tea room.

Rutland Water: Snow Bunting & 3 Shags at the dam; 5 Bewick's Swans, Lagoon 1; Slav Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes female Scaup & Black-tailed Godwit, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & 2 Great Northern Divers, South Arm 3; 6 Smew (3 drakes, Egleton reserve).

Eyebrook Res: adult Bewick's Swan south of the island then flew to field opposite Alec Lane gate at 14:20; 2 Pink-footed Geese with Greylags north of the island till 14:40 when they flew off north-west; 4 Smew (1 adult drake, 1 1st-winter drake & 2 females); Ruff & c40 Dunlin at the inflow.

Stoughton Airfield: male Merlin again, on the south side this afternoon between the airport and heliport entrances, also c80 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east.

Friday 21st

Rutland Water: Snow Bunting & 2 Shags at the dam; 5 Bewick's Swans & 2 Smew, Lagoon 1; 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & Great Northern Diver, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: 5 Smew, 2 Ruff & 42 Dunlin.

Thursday 20th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still from Deep Water hide; Slav Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Snow Bunting still at the dam and 5 Bewick's Swans Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: adult Med Gull at the inflow this afternoon, also 3 Smew (1 drake), 2 Ruff, 16 Dunlin & 1 Stonechat.

Wednesday 19th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still from Deep Water hide (report of two yesterday was due to a misunderstanding - there was only one bird); Snow Bunting and at 2 Shags still at the dam; Red-necked Grebe & Great Northern Diver, South Arm; Slav Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes & 4 Scaup, North Arm; 5 Bewick's Swans & 4 Smew (1 drake), Lagoon 1.

Stoughton Airfield: male Merlin at the eastern end this afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Smew ( 1 drake).

Tuesday 18th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon from Deep Water hide; Snow Bunting and at 2 Shags still at the dam; Red-necked Grebe & Great Northern Diver, Teal hide; Black-necked Grebe & 5 Scaup, North Arm; 5 Bewick's Swans & 7 Smew, Lagoon 1 + 20+ Red-crested Pochards around the reserve.

Monday 17th

Rutland Water: Snow Bunting and at least one Shag still at the dam; Bittern, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 5 Smew (2 drakes), 2 Ruff & 2 Stonechats.

Burrough Hill: Brambling & Woodcock.

Sunday 16th

Rutland Water: 1 Snow Bunting and 2 Shags still at the dam; drake American Wigeon still, Deep Water hide, Lyndon reserve; 5 Bewick's Swans & 5 Smew, Lagoon 1; Slav Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3.

Saturday 15th

Rutland Water: 1 Snow Bunting and 4 Shags still at the dam; drake American Wigeon still, Deep Water hide, Lyndon reserve.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull still from Gibbet Lane.

Friday 14th

Rutland Water: 1 Snow Bunting still at the dam, also 4 Shags still. 2 Bearded Tits trapped & ringed, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Smew.

Late news for yesterday: Waxwing in a garden at Scalford, but no sign today.

Thursday 13th

Rutland Water: 2 Snow Buntings still at the dam till midday at least, but only one could be found at 15:00, also 3+ Shags still. Drake American Wigeon still, Lyndon; 3 Whooper Swans flew east over Lagoon 3 this morning; 5 Bewick's Swans still on Lagoon 1; Slav & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & Great Northern Diver, Old Hall.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull and Merlin this afternoon from Gibbet Lane.

Eyebrook Res: 2 drake Smew off Stoke Dry car park.

Wednesday 12th

Rutland Water: 2 Snow Buntings at the dam from 10:05, initially at the south end, then later relocated at the north end, where they were still present late afternoon. Also 4 Shags at the dam, and a 1st-winter Little Gull flew east at 12:04. Drake American Wigeon still, Lyndon reserve; Slav Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes, & 4 Pink-footed Geese, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; 5 Bewick's Swans, Lagoon 1; Bittern, Lagoon 3 + 5 Smew around the reserve.

Loughborough: 41 Pink-footed Geese flew over at 11:09.

Tuesday 11th

Rutland Water: 1st-winter Shag at the dam this afternoon; drake American Wigeon still from Wader Scrape hide, Lyndon; Slav Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 4 Pink-footed Geese & 4 Scaup, North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers + female Scaup, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Pink-footed Geese flew low west over the inflow, redhead Smew off Stoke Dry + 2 Ruff & 50 Dunlin.

Monday 10th

Rutland Water: 2 Black-necked Grebes & 2 Scaup, North Arm.

Sunday 9th

Rutland Water: 4 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Black-necked Grebe, Slav Grebe & 2 Scaup, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & 2 Great Northern Divers, South Arm 3.

Saturday 8th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still from Wader Scrape hide, Lyndon; 5 Bewick's Swans still Lagoon 1 + 2 redhead Smew; 2 Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm.

Shawell Sandpit: juv Glaucous Gull this morning from Gibbet Lane.

Friday 7th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Manton Bay - best viewed from Wader Scrape hide; Slav Grebe, North Arm.

Thursday 6th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, Manton Bay (first report since 18th October, so either a different bird or it's been somewhere else in the meantime); 2 Black-necked Grebes & redhead Smew, North Arm; 2 adult & 3 juv Bewick's Swans still + 2 redhead Smew, Lagoon 1; Red-necked Grebe & Great Northern Diver, Old Hall.

Tuesday 4th

Rutland Water: 2 adult & 3 juv Bewick's Swans still, Lagoon 1; Red-necked Grebe & 2 Great Northern Divers, Old Hall.

Eyebrook Res: 1 Ruff.

Saturday 1st

Rutland Water: 2 adult & 3 juv Bewick's Swans still, Lagoon 1, also 3 redhead Smew & Black-tailed Godwit; 30+ Red-crested Pochards, Lapwing hide.

 

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