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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
© Brian Moore

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Hawfinch
Burbage Common
14th November 2017
© David Taylor

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Cory's Shearwater
Rutland Water
2nd November 2017
© Andy Mackay

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Cory's Shearwater
Rutland Water
2nd November 2017
© Andy Mackay

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Cory's Shearwater
Rutland Water
2nd November 2017
© Chris Lythall

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Cory's Shearwater
Rutland Water
2nd November 2017
© Brian Moore

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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
© Chris Lythall

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Drake American Wigeon
(the second bird, in more
advanced plumage)
Rutland Water
30th September 2017
© Andy Mackay

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Drake American Wigeon
Rutland Water
24th September 2017
© Andy Mackay

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Juvenile Gannet
Rutland Water
9th September 2017
© Rosie Thompson

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Spotted Redshank
Rutland Water
3rd September 2017
© Chris Hubbard

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Bittern
Rutland Water
23rd August 2017
© Penny Robinson

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American Wigeon
Rutland Water
29th August 2017
© Rod Baker

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DECEMBER

Wednesday 13th

Eyebrook Res: 3 Smew (adult male, 1st-winter male & female) in bay north of the island.

Rutland Water: juv Great Northern Diver off the north side of Hambleton Peninsula.

Also, please note that work on replacing Lapwing hide will start in the next few days, so there will be disruption in this area for a few weeks.

Ibstock: 1+ Hawfinch still Overton Road/St Denys churchyard.

Tuesday 12th

Shawell A5 Lagoons: juv Iceland Gull (Kumlien's not ruled out) this morning.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, North Arm; Rock Pipit & Common Sandpiper at the end of Hambleton Peninsula; Great Northern Diver, Whitwell.

 

Monday 11th

Hawfinches: 4+ north of Groby Pool near the old landfill; 2 still in St Denys churchyard, Ibstock, and one in Albert Promenade, Loughborough, late morning.

Melton CP: adult Med Gull.

Sunday 10th

No news received today, unsurprisingly!

Saturday 9th

Rutland Water: 3 juv Great Northern Divers photographed together in Barnhill Creek at the end of Hambleton Peninsula at 12:45; Red-necked Grebe still, Old Hall; female Common Scoter & Scaup, North Arm; drake Smew & American Wigeon, Lagoon 2; 20+ Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3.

Hicks Lodge: 1 Jack Snipe.

Shawell A5 Lagoons: juv Glaucous Gull this afternoon.

Swithland Res: Great White Egret still on the north side.

Groby Pool: Hawfinch north of the pool at SK516088 at 11:00.

For Sale page - excellent condition Leica Trinovid 8x42BA binoculars dropped to the bargain price of £450.

Friday 8th

Rutland Water: 2 Great Northern Divers, Barnhill Creek, also 8 Whooper Swans, Rock Pipit and presumed Common Sandpiper (distant) at the end of the peninsula; drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; female Common Scoter & drake Scaup, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: drake Ferruginous Duck again with Pochards c150m south of Stoke Dry car park; male & female Smew north of the island; 25 Dunlin & 1 Ruff.

Exton Park: Hawfinch flew south from trees west of the cemetery mid-afternoon.

Thursday 7th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver still, Barnhill Creek; Red-necked Grebe off Old Hall, South Arm 3; female Common Scoter & 2 Scaup, North Arm.

Wednesday 6th

Swithland Res: 2 Great White Egrets on the north side.

Tuesday 5th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, South Arm 3/Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall + 2 female Scaup, South Arm 3, Great Northern Diver, Barnhill Creek; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 1; female Common Scoter still, North Arm + 4 Smew around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Smew (adult male, 1st-winter male & female) near the Fishing Lodge, but no sign again of the Ferruginous Duck in a thorough search this morning (also no sign yesterday).

Swithland Res: Great White Egret still on the north side.

Hicks Lodge: 3 Pink-footed Geese.

Monday 4th

Rutland Water: Spotted Redshank, Goldeneye hide; drake American Wigeon & redhead Smew still, Lagoon 2.

Swithland Res: Great White Egret still on the north side.

Heather: Hawfinch in the churchyard briefly late morning.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still.

Sunday 3rd

Eyebrook Res: drake Ferruginous Duck still off the plantation shore north of the island this morning, but no sign this afternoon (Pochards well spread out over the reservoir). Also 2 redhead Smew, 1st-winter male & female Scaup.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; 2 Great Northern Divers: one off the end of Hambleton Peninsula and one between the dam and Whitwell.

Swithland Res: Great White Egret on the north side.

Exton Park: 1 Hawfinch still at the cemetery.

Saturday 2nd

Eyebrook Res: drake & 2 redhead Smew; drake Ferruginous Duck still off the plantation north of the island; 1st-winter drake Scaup reported still; c35 Dunlin & 1 Stonechat.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe off Old Hall still; drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 2.

Friday 1st

Loughborough: Firecrest in a garden in Albert Promenade this morning.

NOVEMBER

Thursday 30th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver still off the dam.

Eyebrook Res: 1st-winter drake Scaup.

Ibstock: 1 Hawfinch still in St Denys churchyard this morning.

Burbage Common: 1 Hawfinch still in the arboretum area.

Wednesday 29th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2/South Arm 3; 2 redhead Smew, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: drake Ferruginous Duck still off the plantation shore north of the island; 1 Ruff & 56 Dunlin.

Ibstock: 2+ Hawfinches around St Denys churchyard, commuting between there & Overton Road.

Tuesday 28th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2/South Arm 3; 2 redhead Smew, South Arm 3; Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall; Great Northern Diver & 1+ Red-breasted Merganser at the dam; 2 female Common Scoters still, North Arm.

Monday 27th

Burbage Common Extension: 2 Hawfinches in the arboretum area.

Charnwood Lodge: Hawfinch just inside the gate to Gisborne's Gorse again.

Sunday 26th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe & 26 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3; 2 female Common Scoters & drake Scaup, North Arm; 3 female Red-breasted Mergansers still at the dam.

Eyebrook Res: drake Ferruginous Duck reported still present, but mobile north of the island, also 1 Ruff & 48 Dunlin.

Hawfinches: 1, Charnwood Lodge (just inside the gate to Gisborne's Gorse, briefly); 1, Groby Pool; 2, Battram (+ 2 Bramblings); 2, Burbage Common Extension.

Saturday 25th

Eyebrook Res: drake Ferruginous Duck still, but elusive - Pochard flock mobile today and often out of sight behind the island. Also Knot & adult Med Gull at the inflow.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon & redhead Smew still, Lagoon 2; 3 Red-breasted Mergansers at the dam; 2 Common Scoters, North Arm.

Hawfinches: singles at Leighfield Lodge, Exton Park cemetery & Battram.

Swithland Res: several Bramblings at the corner on Kinchley lane.

Friday 24th

Eyebrook Res: Glossy Ibis early afternoon, seen very briefly in flight south of the island, heading towards the Fishing Lodge but no further sign. Also drake Ferruginous Duck still north of the island, redhead Smew, 1 Ruff & 24 Dunlin.

Stanford Res: Great Northern Diver at the dam end.

Hawfinches: 3+ still at Battram, 2+ at Exton Park cemetery & 1 at Burbage Common.

Thursday 23rd

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver & 3 female Red-breasted Mergansers still at the dam; Curlew Sandpiper still, Manton Bay; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: female Scaup north of the island.

Single Hawfinches still at Burbage Commmon & Exton Park cemetery.

Wednesday 22nd

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver & 3 female Red-breasted Mergansers still at the dam; Curlew Sandpiper & 47 Dunlin, Manton Bay + male Merlin just south-west of Lyndon visitor centre.

Eyebrook Res: Ferruginous Duck still with Pochards north of the island.

Tuesday 21st

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver & 3 female Red-breasted Mergansers still at the south end of the dam; female Common Scoter off the end of Hambleton Peninsula; drake American Wigeon back on Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe off Old Hall.

Battram, Ellistown: up to 6 Hawfinches feeding around large Yew immediately on the left as you turn into Battram Road off the B585 Wood Road.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still.

Monday 20th

Watermead CP South: Siberian Chiffchaff along flood channel behind the viewing screen.

Pickwell: Hawfinch flew north at 15:35.

Burbage Common: 1 Hawfinch still.

Rutland Water: 2 Common Redpolls reported by the Lyndon visitor centre feeders

Sunday 19th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon & Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; 2 Great Northern Divers at the dam/main water this afternoon, also 3 female Red-breasted Mergansers still at the south end of the dam & c120 Pink-footed Geese north-west at 10:10; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3 & possibly the same one over the dam this afternoon. Also 36+ Red-crested Pochards (4, Lagoon 3 & 32+ South Arm 3)

Eyebrook Res: drake Ferruginous Duck still off the Plantation shore north of the island.

Dishley Pool, Loughborough: Siberian Chiffchaff this morning.

Ellistown: no sign of reported Hoopoe, but 2 Hawfinches in the area.

Groby Pool: 5+ Hawfinches.

Exton Park: 3 Hawfinches in Hornbeams west of the cemetery this morning.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still.

Cossington Meadows: Stonechat at The Moor.

Saturday 18th

Ellistown: report from a non-birder of a Hoopoe flying over the B585 Wood Road at Battram, c1 mile south of the village.

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver & 3 Red-breasted Mergansers still at the dam; drake American Wigeon, Red-necked Grebe & report of a Black-necked Grebe, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: drake Ferruginous Duck still with Pochards along Plantation shore north of the island, but distant.

Thornton: 2 Hawfinches by the church this afternoon.

Burbage Common Extension: 1+ Hawfinch still.

Ravenstone: late Swallow flew through today.

Friday 17th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver & 3 Red-breasted Mergansers still at the dam.

Burbage Common: 1+ Hawfinch still.

Exton Park: Hawfinch again at the cemetery this morning.

Cossington Meadows: 3 Stonechats.

Thursday 16th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver at the north end of the dam off Sykes Lane car park + 3 Red-breasted Mergansers at the south end.

Burbage Common Extension: 2 Hawfinches still this morning.

Exton Park: 1 Hawfinch again at the cemetery this morning.

Wednesday 15th

Exton Park: at least 1 Hawfinch at the cemetery this morning.

Rutland Water: Hawfinch flew east over Hambleton Wood this afternoon.

Burbage Common Extension: 2 Hawfinches at 09:40, also 3 flew low over Welwyn Road, hinckley towards the common at 09:30.

Tuesday 14th

Eyebrook Res: Drake Ferruginous Duck still south of the island.

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver still at the north end of the dam, also 3 female Red-breasted Mergansers still; drake American Wigeon & redhead Smew, South Arm 3; Red-necked Grebe & 28 Red-crested Pochards, Old Hall.

Groby Pool: 2 Hawfinches this morning.

Monday 13th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver & 3 female Red-breasted Mergansers at the north-west end of the dam from the monument/statue thing; Red-necked Grebe & 38 Red-crested Pochards (including 4 leucistic birds), Old Hall; drake American Wigeon still, (back on Lagoon 2 in the afternoon at least); 2 Scaup, North Arm. Also redhead Smew & 9 Whooper Swans on site.

Eyebrook Res: Drake Ferruginous Duck south of the island from the viewing 'bunker'; Curlew Sandpiper at the inflow + 34 Dunlin.

Hawfinches: 5+ at Groby Pool this morning (but no sign of any this afternoon); 2, Burbage Common Extension & 1 flying into the north side of Tunneley Wood, Exton Park late afternoon (after no sign of any at the cemetery all day).

Shoby: 4 Bramblings still.

Sunday 12th

Eyebrook Res: female/immature Merlin this morning, but no sign of Ferruginous Duck today.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, South Arm 3; Knot, Lagoon 4.

Burbage Common: 4+ Hawfinches near the railway bridge at the entrance to the common at 09:45. Also 2 (possibly same), at the Extension.

Exton Park: 3+ Hawfinches still around the cemetery this afternoon. NB this is the cemetery on the north side of the village, on the right along the road (no access for motor vehicles) to Tunneley Wood, not the churchyard on the west side.

Groby Pool: 1 Hawfinch still at Lady Hay Wood this morning, but elusive (3 still yesterday, but only seen when disturbed by gunfire from nearby Pheasant shoot).

Shoby: 4 Bramblings still.

Saturday 11th

Eyebrook Res: drake Ferruginous Duck still, mostly north of the island with Pochard flock, but distant, off the Plantation shore.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe distantly from Lapwing hide, also drake American Wigeon, 1st-winter Med Gull & 20 Red-crested Pochards.

Exton Park: 6 Hawfinches at the cemetery & 2 at Tunneley Wood.

Burbage Common: 1+ Hawfinch still.

Friday 10th

Eyebrook Res: drake Ferruginous Duck this afternoon, initially north of the island, then later viewable distantly from Alec Lane gate (track to the fishing lodge. NB the reservoir grounds are now private, even to LROS members, but probably OK to stand just inside the gate to view the bird.

Rutland Water: Curlew Sandpiper, Manton Bay.

Hawfinches: 2 briefly by Thornton church, then flew north-west at 09:40; 1 flew over Sutton Court, Bath street, Market Harborough at 09:50; 2 still, Burbage Common.

Thursday 9th

Aylestone Meadows: Yellow-browed Warbler just south of Middleton Street bridge by the Great Central Way bridge this morning, from the canal towpath.

Exton: 2 Hawfinches still at the cemetery. No reports today from nearby Tunneley Wood, but if looking for these birds, view ONLY from the road (no access for vehicles) as the wood itself is private.

Rutland Water: redhead Smew, Lagoon 2.

Shoby: 5+ Bramblings still.

Wednesday 8th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, South Arm 3; Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpipers & 7 Dunlin, Manton Bay.

Tunneley Wood, Exton Park: 5 Hawfinches still, also 2 at nearby Exton Cemetery.

Burbage Common: still at least 2 Hawfinches in the new part of the common with the strream running through.

Shoby: 7 Bramblings.

Tuesday 7th

Rutland Water: no sign of Ferruginous Duck today. Drake American Wigeon, South Arm 3 (Lapwing hide) + 32 Red-crested Pochards, also Hawfinch, Lyndon reserve near Teal hide late morning.

Burbage Common Extension: 2 Hawfinches in maples next to the main common.

Monday 6th

Rutland Water: drake Ferruginous Duck, South Arm 3 from Lapwing hide this afternoon. Also drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2.

Burbage Common Extension: at least one Hawfinch in the stream/arboretum area (also two flew over nearby this morning).

Exton: 3 Hawfinches still by the cemetery and the flock of c12 still in Tunneley Wood.

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret at the inflow.

Sunday 5th

Groby Pool: 2 Hawfinches this morning; directions as per Thursday's news below, but please don't park in the quarry entrance.

Exton: 7+ Hawfinches near the cemetery this morning.

Sence Valley FP: 4 Whooper Swans (2 adults) flew south-west at 08:20.

Stanford Res: ringtail Hen Harrier flew over the inflow in Leics at 15:40.

Cossington Meadows: Great White Egret, Upper Marsh.

Shepshed: Great White Egret flew along the Blackbrook valley towards Blackbrook Reservoir this morning.

Eyebrook Res: Ruff & 10 Dunlin.

Saturday 4th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2, also pair of Red-crested Pochards.

Tunneley Wood, Exton Park: 12+ Hawfinches early afternoon.

Clipsham: Hawfinch by the church late morning.

Stanford Res: adult Little Gull again this evening.

Friday 3rd

Rutland Water: no sign of Cory's Shearwater today. Red-necked Grebe & 6 Whooper Swans still South Arm 3; drake American Wigeon still + Jack Snipe, Lagoon 2.

Cotes (just east of Loughborough): Black Redstart at Bandalls Farm this morning.

Groby: at least one Hawfinch still at Lady Hay Wood this morning (details as per yesterday's news).

Eyebrook Res: 1st-winter Med Gull this morning, also 3 Ruff, 16 Dunlin & 1 Stonechat.

Longmoor Lake: 5 Stonechats.

Thursday 2nd

Rutland Water: CORY'S SHEARWATER in North Arm from midday, then flew as far as the dam mid afternoon before ending up in South Arm 3, where it could be seen from the Old Hall, or Teal hide on the Lyndon reserve; it would also have been visible from Gadwall/Goldeneye/Lapwing hides on the Egleton reserve. This is obviously the first County record, and only the 4th ever inland bird seen in the UK.

Also at RW today: Red-necked Grebe & 6 Whooper Swans (2 adults) in South Arm 3 this afternoon; drake Scaup & pair of Red-crested Pochard, North Arm.

Groby Pool: 13+ Hawfinches nearby - viewed from the footpath just before Lady Hay Wood near the metal gate at the bottom of the hill, SK516088. Birds were in trees south-west of that point.

Glenfield: Hawfinch in a garden this morning.

Eyebrook Res: Marsh Harrier over the inflow and Leics side this morning.

Wednesday 1st

Ibstock: Hawfinch flew low south-west this morning, aso 2 Bramblings.

 

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