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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
© 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
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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
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Bittern
Rutland Water
23rd August 2017
© Penny Robinson

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JANUARY 2018

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

DECEMBER

Sunday 31st

Eyebrook Res: 5 Smew + unconfirmed report of 2 Black-necked Grebes.

Groby Pool: 1 Hawfinch north-west of the pool at SK516088.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still, at SP451950.

Saturday 30th

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still.

Friday 29th

Rutland Water: 2 redhead Smew, Lagoon 2 & drake from Crake hide (South Arm 3); Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall, South Arm 3.

Woodhouse Eaves: Hawfinch in Yews on Brand Hill at 13:30.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still.

Thursday 28th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe off Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 2+ Great Northern Divers off the end of Hambleton Peninsula; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3.

Shawell A5 Lagoons: adult Glaucous Gull.

Burbage Common: 2+ Hawfinches at SP452949.

Wednesday 27th

No news reported today.

Tuesday 26th

Rutland Water: 4 Great Northern Divers reported in Barnhill Creek, also Common Sandpiper still around the end of the peninsula; drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2 + 2 redhead Smew; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3.

Stoughton Airfield: male Stonechat.

Monday 25th

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers, Barnhill Creek; 1st-winter drake Smew, Lagoon 4; 22 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Smew (3 drakes), pair of Scaup still, male Stonechat & 28 Dunlin.

Saddington Res: Great White Egret.

Sunday 24th

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers, Barnhill Creek + 1 Whitwell.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Smew (3 drakes) north of the island, also female Scaup.

Burbage Common Extension: 1 Hawfinch still in hay bale field.

Saturday 23rd

Lount: Common Redpoll with a 7 Lesser Redpolls at SK373190 this afternoon.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon back on Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers, Barnhill Creek + 1, Whitwell.

Albert Village Tip: juv Glaucous Gull.

Eyebrook Res: drake Smew north of the island.

Wigston Sewage Works: Siberian Chiffchaff near the solar farm.

Friday 22nd

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm; 3 Great Northern Divers, Whitwell; 4 Smew, Lagoon 3.

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

Grimston: 3 Bramblings flew over mid afternoon.

Thursday 21st

Eyebrook Res: juv Glaucous Gull in the roost again, south of the island at 15:50, also 2nd-winter Med Gull, 5 Smew (3 drakes), 15 Dunlin & 2 Stonechats.

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe still in Dickinson's Bay, North Arm.

Wednesday 20th

Rutland Water: adult Bewick's Swan, North Arm.

Tuesday 19th

Eyebrook Res: juv Glaucous Gull in the roost again, south of the island, also pair of Smew still north of the island.

Albert Village Lake: juv Glaucous Gull still.

Rutland Water: 4 Whooper Swans, North Arm, also Black-necked Grebe still.

Saddington Res: Great White Egret.

Hawfinches: 2 north-west of Groby Pool, 1 Cossington Meadows (south end of Swan Meadow at 13:45, then flew towards reserve entrance) & 1 still, Burbage Common Extension.

Monday 18th

Eyebrook Res: Jack Snipe from the inflow bunker + juv Glaucous Gull south of the island again this afternoon.

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Great Northern Diver, Rock Pipit & Common Sandpiper still, end of Hambleton Peninsula; Great Northern Diver, Whitwell; Brambling by Egleton Visitor centre; 20 Red-crested Pochard, Lapwing hide.

Albert Village Lake/Tip: juv Glaucous Gull.

Groby Pool: 3 Hawfinches north of the pool at SK516088.

Sunday 17th

Shawell A5 Lagoons: juv Iceland Gull again.

Saturday 16th

Eyebrook Res: juv Glaucous Gull in the roost again, from the bunker south of the island from 14:25 onwards. Also pair of Smew and 2 Scaup (female & 1st-winter male) in the bay north of the island; Ruff at the inflow.

Shawell A5 Lagoons: juv Iceland Gull still.

Rutland Water: 2 Great Northern Divers still, also Rock Pipit & Common Sandpiper at the end of Hambleton Peninsula.

Friday 15th

Ibstock: 1 Hawfinch still, St Denys churchyard.

Thursday 14th

Eyebrook Res: juv Glaucous Gull south of the island this evening; 3 Smew (adult male, 1st-winter male & female) off Stoke Dry; female Scaup north of the island.

Rutland Water: 2 Great Northern Divers & Rock Pipit off Hambleton Peninsula; 2 redhead Smew, Lagoon 2; Bittern, Lagoon 3.

Ibstock: 1 Hawfinch still, St Denys churchyard.

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.

 

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