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Ruddy Duck
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© Rosie Thompson

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Bar-tailed Godwit
Rutland Water
1st May 2017
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Black-winged Stilt
Stanford Res
20th April 2017
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Female Garganey
Rutland Water
14th April 2017
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Drake Garganey
Rutland Water
12th April 2017
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Sandwich Tern
Eyebrook Res
9th April 2017
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Ring Ouzel
Warren Hills
30th March 2017
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Hen Harrier
Eyebrook Res
19th March 2017
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Bonaparte's Gull
Swithland Res
12th March 2017
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Bonaparte's Gull
Swithland Res
12th March 2017
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Eyebrook Res
4th March 2017
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Eyebrook Res
4th March 2017
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Rutland Water
28th January 2017
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Juv Glaucous Gull
Albert Village Tip
21st January 2017
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Last update: Sunday 21st May 2017 at 21:20

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Sunday 21st

Rutland Water: 3 Sanderlings & 3 Dunlin, Lagoon 4.

Saturday 20th

Stanford Res: imm European White-fronted Goose.

Shawell A5 Lagoons: Whooper Swan still.

Rutland Water: 2 Spotted Flycatchers along the entrance track to the Egleton reserve.

Friday 19th

Rutland Water: 5 Turnstones, 3 Dunlin & several Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Thursday 18th

Rutland Water: Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Sanderlings, 10 Dunlin & 15 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; male Ruff, Lagoon 3.

Wednesday 17th

Rutland Water: 20+ Sanderlings, 26 Dunlin & 30 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Tuesday 16th

Stanford Res: Jack Snipe still on the Leics side + Turnstone.

Monday 15th

Stanford Res: Jack Snipe still on the Leics side.

Sunday 14th

Rutland Water: Turnstone & Sanderling still, Lagoon 4.

Albert Village Lake: 6 Whimbrel briefly at 13:50 then flew off north.

Saturday 13th

Rutland Water: 2 Sanderlings, Whimbrel, Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit & 12 Dunlin, Lagoon 4; Black Tern, South Arm 2; Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

Newton Harcourt: Spotted Flycatcher along the canal east of the village.

Friday 12th

Rutland Water: Sanderling & Bar-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 4; Black Tern, lagoon 3; 1st-summer Little Gull, Black-tailed Godwit & 2 Common Sandpipers, South Arm 3; Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

Thursday 11th

Rutland Water: Sanderling, 2 Grey Plovers, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Greenshank, Dunlin, 4+ Ringed Plover & 1st-winter Little Gull, Lagoon 4; 3 Black Terns & Common Sandpiper, South Arm 3; Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

Cossington Meadows: Wood Sandpiper.

Cropston Res: 2 Black Terns.

Wednesday 10th

Stanford Res: Jack Snipe again opposite the hide this evening.

Rutland Water: Grey Plover & 16 tundrae Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; 3 Black Terns, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Avocets at the inflow this morning.

Tuesday 9th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Knot, 2 Whimbrels, Sanderling, Turnstone, Ruff, 3+ Little Gulls, 3 Black Terns & 3 Bar-tailed Godwits (mostly on Lagoon 4 I think, but not all at the same time!).

Shawell A5 Lagoons: Wood Sandpiper & Whooper Swan (presumably the bird from Stanford Res) this evening.

Brascote Pits: Grey Plover still.

Monday 8th

Rutland Water: Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits & 2 Black Terns, Goldeneye hide.

Wanlip Meadows: drake Garganey.

Swithland Res: Turnstone on the north side.

Groby Pool: 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Brascote Pits: Grey Plover still.

Leicester: 5 Waxwings again at Victoria Park Pond this morning, then flew north.

Sunday 7th

Albert Village Lake: no confirmed reports of Great Reed Warbler all day today.

Rutland Water: summer plumage Knot, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover & 2 1st-summer/winter Little Gulls, Lagoon 4.

Cossington Meadows: Grey Plover still on Lower Moor. also Dunlin & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Brascote Pits: Grey Plover.

Swithland Res: Black Tern, 5 Greenshanks & 6 Black-tailed Godwits.

Kelham Bridge: 1 Whinchat.

Saturday 6th

Albert Village Lake: GREAT REED WARBLER (2nd county record & 1st since 1963) singing in reeds either side of the screen at the south-east end of the lake, but keeping low down and very difficult to see. Park in the football pitch car park on Occupation Road in Albert Village, or the official car park at the far end of the village on the same road, just before the entrance to Albion Landfill.

Rutland Water: Temminck's Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Gulls, 3 Sanderlings & 3 Grey Plovers, Lagoon 4; 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, Black-tailed Godwit & 4 Ruff, Goldeneye hide.

Stanford Res: Jack Snipe, Whooper Swan still + Sanderling, Green Sandpiper & 8 Greenshanks.

Eyebrook Res: Whinchat, Bar-tailed Godwit & 2 Ringed Plovers.

Longmoor Lake: female Ring Ouzel in the recently drilled field just north of the lake.

Cossington Meadows: Grey Plover on Lower Moor this evening.

Friday 5th

Rutland Water: 3 Whimbrels (early morning only), 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, Common Sandpiper, 14 Dunlin & 2 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Stanford Res: Whooper Swan, Wood Sandpiper, 3 Turnstones & 6 Ringed Plovers all on the Leics side this afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshanks, 4 Dunlin & Common Sandpiper at the island.

Groby Pool: 2 Little Gulls.

Watermead CP South: 1 Black Tern.

Victoria Park: 7 Waxwings by the pond this morning.

Good numbers of Swifts at several sites today.

Thursday 4th

Watermead CP South: Black Tern & 10+ Arctic Terns, also Bar-tailed Godwit flew through at 12:15. Nearby, female Stonechat at Watermead CP Birstall near King Lear's Lake bridge.

Hinckley: Bar-tailed Godwit on Trinity Marina events field this morning.

Swithland Res: drake Scaup on the north side.

Braunstone: 1 Swift flew north this morning.

Wednesday 3rd

Rutland Water: Turnstone & Grey Plover still, Lagoon 4, also 28 Dunlin & 3 Common Sandpipers: 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 6 + Cuckoo; Bar-tailed Godwit (possibly one of the same), Lagoon 1.

Hicks Lodge: Whimbrel this evening.

Tuesday 2nd

Rutland Water: Spoonbill flew over Lagoon 1 this evening, also Marsh Harrier; Grey Plover, Turnstone & 4 Ruff, Lagoon 4; Bar-tailed Godwit still, Lagoon 5; 30+ Black Terns, South Arm 3.

Cropston Res: 1 Black Tern.

Monday 1st

Rutland Water: Curlew Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Ruff & 2 Little Terns (all early morning only), 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Grey Plovers, 2 Turnstone, 5 Sanderling, c40 Dunlin, 20 tundrae Ringed Plovers & Short-eared Owl, Lagoon 4; 2 Arctic Terns, Lagoon 3; Grey Plover & Bar-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 5; 2 drake Red-crested Pochards & 3 Hobbies, Lagoon 1; c14 Arctic Terns, North Arm + 42 Black Terns (North Arm, Lagoon 3 & South Arm 3). Also a completely pointless (secondhand) report of a male Ring Ouzel "on the north shore". There's about 5 miles of "north shore" between Burley Fishponds and the dam....

Eyebrook Res: 3 Black Terns & 3+ Arctic Terns.

Swithland Res: Bar-tailed Godwit, Black Tern & 8 Dunlin.

Thornton Res: Black Tern.

Stanford Res: Grey Plover, Wood Sandpiper, 3 Black Terns, Little Tern, c5 Arctic Terns, 5 Greenshanks & Hobby. NB some of these were probably only in Northants.

Albert Village Lake: male Brambling, 2 Common Sandpipers & Ringed Plover.

Wanlip Meadows: 1 Hobby.


Sunday 30th

A lot of news today so apologies for any errors and omissions! Totals given are obviously maxima, and not everything will have been present all day.

Rutland Water: Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Sandwich Terns, 5 Grey Plovers, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Turnstone, 4 Whimbrel, Greenshank & 26 Dunlin, Lagoon 4, also Short-eared Owl again this evening; Little Tern, Little Gull, 2 Black Terns & Bar-tailed Godwit, North Arm; 21 Black Terns & 2 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; 13 Black Terns, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Greenshank, Little Gull, 6 Dunlin, 4 Black Terns & 25 Arctic Terns.

Stanford Res: 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Greenshanks, 9 Dunlin, Little Tern & Black Tern.

Swithland Res: Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Terns & 3 Black Terns.

Cropston Res: 3 Whimbrels on the dam.

Hicks Lodge: 1 Whimbrel.

Thornton Res: drake Garganey by the car park.

Little Stretton: Whinchat along the River Sence.

Cossington Meadows: 3 Med Gulls over this morning.

Saturday 29th

Rutland Water: adult Little Gull & 3 Swifts, Lagoon 3; 3 Arctic Terns & Common Sandpiper, South Arm 3; 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper & 11 Dunlin, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: drake Common Scoter & 2 Arctic Terns.

Stanford Res: Long-tailed Duck still + 2 Greenshanks.

Blackbrook Res: Osprey & 2 Cuckoos.

Leicester: 9 Waxwings still in Victoria Park near the war memorial.

Friday 28th

Rutland Water: 100+ Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 4 this evening, also 4 Whimbrels, Arctic Tern & Short-eared Owl; 2 Arctic Terns, Lagoon 3.

Priors Coppice: female Ring Ouzel.

Eyebrook Res: Whimbrel over at midday.

Cossington Meadows: 1 Whinchat.

Wanlip Meadows: 2 Hobbies & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Swithland Res: Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpipers & 3 Ringed Plovers.

Cropston Res: Arctic Tern & 5 Common Sandpipers.

Leicester: 9 Waxwings still in Victoria Park this morning, between the war memorial and the car park.

Also Cuckoos at Rutland Water, Eyebrook Res, Stanford Res & Swithland Res today.

Thursday 27th

Rutland Water: 16 Arctic Terns, North Arm & 50+ Lagoon 3; Short-eared Owl high over Lagoon 4 at 11:45, also 2 Whimbrels & 3 Dunlin there; female Scaup & Hobby, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 28+ Arctic Terns.

Stanford Res: 110+ Arctic Terns this evening, although mosty in Northants.

Leicester: 10+ Waxwings west of the war memorial in Victoria Park early morning at least.

Wednesday 26th

Warren Hills: 1 Ring Ouzel still.

Grasshopper Warblers are now reeling at several sites, also Wheatears are now widespread and in double figures at some sites.

Tuesday 25th

Little Stretton: Redstart & Whinchat along the River Sence.

Rutland Water: Black Tern, Lagoon 2.

Hicks Lodge: 1 Whinchat.

Kelham Bridge: 1 Swift.

Outwoods: 5 Garden Warblers.

Monday 24th

Stanford Res: no sign of Black-winged Stilts today.

Rutland Water: 2 Black Terns, Wigeon hide; Crossbill over the dam, also White Wagtail & Common Sandpiper there.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Black Terns & 6 Arctic Terns.

Wanlip North Lakes: Whimbrel.

Sunday 23rd

Stanford Res: 2 Black-winged Stilts today, also Bar-tailed Godwit still & 2 Dunlin.

Rutland Water: adult Little Gull, Lapwing hide.

Little Stretton: female Ring Ouzel east of Larch Spinney this afternoon before flying off south.

Warren Hills: male Ring Ouzel still.

Swithland Res: Hobby, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Swifts & 5 Common Sandpipers.

Cropston Res: Common Sandpiper.

Kelham Bridge: 2 Grasshopper Warblers.

Saturday 22nd

Bradgate Park: 1 Cuckoo.

Cossington Meadows: 1 Whinchat & 2+ Grasshopper Warblers.

Warren Hills: 2 Ring Ouzels still.

Hicks Lodge: Med Gull this morning.

Leighfield: Tree Pipit over this morning.

Rutland Water: 234 Black-tailed Godwits Lagoon 4 this evening (also 40 over Oakham at 16:30).

Friday 21st

Stanford Res: no sign of Black-winged Stilts today.

Manton: Ring Ouzel again at Crown Well Bridge.

Warren Hills: 2 Ring Ouzels still.

Rutland Water: 3 Arctic Terns, North Arm; female Scaup, Lagoon 3.

Leicester: 30 Waxwings in Nelson Mandela Park, Welford Road this morning.

Thursday 20th

Stanford Res: 3 Black-winged Stilts, spending at least some of their time on the Leicestershire side of the reservoir. NB access to the reservoir grounds is by annual permit only (see Stanford Res page for details), but the birds have been visible distantly from the car park at the north-east end. Also Bar-tailed Godwit still. Please park sensibly and avoid blocking the gate or any other entrances.

Warren Hills: 2 Ring Ouzels in the fields to the north of the footpath through the reserve, but mobile. Do not enter the fields at this site.

Rutland Water: male Ring Ouzel between Berrybutts Spinney & Gibbet Gorse this morning + 5 Whimbrels flew north-east over the dam at 08:00.

Swithland Res: Arctic Tern & 2 White Wagtails.

Wednesday 19th

Warren Hills: male Ring Ouzel in second field this morning.

Rutland Water: 255 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 4; Bar-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 3; female Scaup, Lagoon 1 & Swift, Lagoon 2.

Stanford Res: Bar-tailed Godwit, also Long-tailed Duck still, and 5 Black-tailed Godwits flew through.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Arctic Terns.

Tuesday 18th

Warren Hills: female Ring Ouzel in the fourth field along from the east end this morning, but mobile.

Manton: male Ring Ouzel at Crown Wells bridge early morning, then flew off.

Loughborough: Hobby at Bull in the Hollow Farm this afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: Whimbrel & White Wagtail at the inflow.

Stanford Res: Whimbrel, 7 White Wagtails & Long-tailed Duck still.

Monday 17th

Rutland Water: Cuckoo, North Arm this morning.

Warren Hills: Cuckoo.

Stanford Res: 16+ White Wagtails & Common Sandpiper.

Swithland Res: 3+ White Wagtails, Swift & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Eyebrook Res: Arctic Tern, 4 Common Terns & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Grasshopper Warblers at Wanlip Meadows & Cossington Meadows.

Sunday 16th

Cossington Meadows: Grasshopper Warbler & Whitethroat.

Cropston Res: Common Tern & Whitethroat.

Swithland Res: 4 White Wagtails, Common Sandpiper & 2 Ringed Plovers.

Braunstone: 15 Waxwings still behind bungalows on Bendbow Rise this morning.

Thornton Res: Osprey flew north.

Saturday 15th

Eyebrook Res: Sandwich Tern this afternoon.

Sence Valley FP: 1 Swift.

Manton: male Redstart at Crown Well bridge by the River Chater.

Stanford Res: 17 White Wagtails on the island, also Long-tailed Duck still.

Braunstone: 13 Waxwings in oaks behind the bungalows on Bendbow Rise, also an Osprey flew low west at 14:29.

Wheatears and House Martins at several sites now.

Friday 14th

Rutland Water: Sandwich Tern, Lagoon 4 briefly this afternoon, also Common Sandpiper & 9 Dunlin; Arctic Tern, Lagoon 3 (then 4 later), also 6+ Common Terns around the reserve now; pair of Garganey, Lagoon 5.

Stoughton Airfield: male Ring Ouzel on the north-west side near farm machinery by green gate, also 4 Wheatears.

Grimston: 2 Wheatears.

Thursday 13th

Rutland Water: Sanderling, Turnstone, 3 Dunlin & 2 Common Terns, Lagoon 4.

Beacon Hill: 2 Wheatears near the top car park.

North Luffenham Airfield: 2 Wheatears.

Eyebrook Res: White Wagtail at the inflow & 2 Dunlin.

Wednesday 12th

Rutland Water: drake Garganey, Lagoon 3, late afternoon, and possibly a different bird in Heron Bay; female Scaup, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Lesser Whitethroats & 2 House Martins.

Grimston: 3 Yellow Wagtails.

Tuesday 11th

Martinsthorpe: male Redstart briefly this morning.

Leighfield: Grasshopper Warbler singing this morning.

Braunston: Grasshopper Warbler singing this morning.

Grimston: 1 Wheatear.

Monday 10th

Rutland Water: Bar-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 4 this morning, also pair of Garganey on Lagoon 7 & 3 Yellow Wagtails at the dam.

North Luffenham Airfield: 4 Wheatears.

Thornton Res: 1 Yellow Wagtail in fields on the east side.

Sunday 9th

Rutland Water: White Stork still on Lagoon 4 early morning only, also 4 Sandwich Terns, Grey Plover, 2 Wheatears & 2 Yellow Wagtails there; adult Little Gull, Lagoon 1; female Scaup still, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: Little Tern and 3 Sandwich Terns at the inflow this afternoon and still present at 18:15 at least.

Stanford Res: 2 colour-ringed Cranes (from the Great Crane Project reintroduction scheme) early morning - flew off south-west at 08:30.

Common Terns and House Martins at several sites today.

Saturday 8th

Rutland Water: White Stork around the Egleton Reserve this afternoon, ending up on Lagoon 4. The bird has a green colour ring on its right leg & metal ring on left, and is presumed to be one of several rehabilitated Polish birds currently at large in the UK. Also a mobile pair of Garganey (Lagoons 4 & 5 at least) and female Scaup, Lagoon 1.

Heather: male Hen Harrier over Heather Roughs National Forest plantation at 17:40 - flew towards Swepstone church.

Eyebrook Res: Yellow Wagtail & Lesser Whitethroat.

Warren Hills: 2 Wheatears.

Friday 7th

Groby Pool: Common Sandpiper & House Martin this morning.

Thursday 6th

Burrough-on-the-Hill: Lesser Whitethroat singing this morning.

East Goscote: 1 Waxwing by Coles Nursery on Barkby Road this evening.

Kelham Bridge: Osprey flew east over Ibstock Road this afternoon.

Wednesday 5th

Rutland Water: 6 Whooper Swans at the dam briefly this afternoon, also 2 Yellow Wagtails; 3 Sedge Warblers around Lagoons 3 & 4.

Leicester: 11 Waxwings near the war memorial in Victoria Park this afternoon.

Aylestone Meadows: 1 Wheatear.

Tuesday 4th

Rutland Water: 2 Garganey, Lagoon 2; Little Gull, Lagoon 4; Common Sandpiper, Goldeneye hide; Yellow Wagtail at the dam; female Scaup & 2 Black-tailed Godwits, South Arm. Nearby, male Redstart briefly this morning at Crown Well Bridge over the River Chater near Manton & 3 Bramblings there.

Monday 3rd

Aylestone Meadows: 3 Ring Ouzels (2 males) in paddocks south of Kings Lock. View only from the towpath and do not enter the fields.

Warren Hills: male Ring Ouzel still, also Wheatear & 3 Tree Pipits.

Eyebrook Res: 2 adult Little Gulls at the inflow, also 1 Common Tern.

Somerby: 1 White Wagtail.

Leighfield: 1 Tree Pipit over.

Sunday 2nd

Warren Hills: male Ring Ouzel still.

Rutland Water: 2 summer-plumage Slav Grebes + Great White Egret, North Arm.

Swithland Res: 1 White Wagtail.

Oakham: 3 Waxwings opposite the Railway pub this morning.

Saturday 1st

Warren Hills: male Ring Ouzel still this morning at least.

Rutland Water: Sedge Warbler, Lagoon 3; Red-necked Grebe still, South Arm; 2 Slav Grebes, North Arm.

Thornton Res: Osprey and Common Tern through this morning, also Common Sandpiper this afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Little Gulls.

Leighfield: 1 House Martin.

Sand Martins in good numbers and small numbers of Swallows at several sites now.


Friday 31st

Warren Hills: male Ring Ouzel still, mostly in the furthest fields today, but mobile.

Rutland Water: adult male Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3 this evening; 2nd-summer Med Gull, Lagoon 4; Slav Grebe still, North Arm.

Cropston Res: Sandwich Tern found dead.

Leicester: 25 Waxwings in trees at the western end of University Road, by the University cricket pitch this morning.

Thursday 30th

Warren Hills: male Ring Ouzel - park in the the layby on Warren Hills Road, go through the gate and up the hill and the bird was in the second field on the right. Showing very well from the footpath today - DO NOT ENTER THE FIELDS. Any repeats of previous years' poor behaviour at this site will result in no further news of Ring Ouzels or anything else being put out from here.

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier again at the inflow at 17:35.

Rutland Water: 2 Slav & 1 Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm; 3 Scaup, South Arm 3.

Willow Warblers singing at several sites today.

Wednesday 29th

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier again at the inflow from 13:15 - 13:35. Also Marsh Harrier, 3 Swallows & 10 Sand Martins.

Stanford Res: Long-tailed Duck still, also 2 Swallows & 30+ Sand Martins.

Leicester: Up to 52 Waxwings still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Watermead CP North: 15 Sand Martins.

Tuesday 28th

Rutland Water: 2 Little Gulls 2 Slav Grebes & Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 12 Whooper Swans between Whitwell and the dam; 2 Smew & Scaup, South Arm 3; also Great White Egret, 3+ Black-tailed Godwits & 100+ Sand Martins around the reserve.

Market Harborough: female Black Redstart this morning at the back of the Redrow site off Glebe Road near the railway line.

Cossington Meadows: drake Garganey still, either on Rectory Marsh or Hobley Lake this morning - I've heard both (both second hand), but not sure which is correct! Nearby, Ruff on Wanlip Meadows.

Enderby: still c50 Waxwings by the Foxhunter roundabout.

Melton Mowbray: 10 Waxwings near the entrance to Sysonby Acres Leisure Park.

Leicester: up to 42 Waxwings still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Monday 27th

Rutland Water: 6+ Little Gulls, South Arm/Lagoon 3; 7 Dunlin, Lagoon 4.

Cossington Meadows: drake Garganey on Rectory Marsh this afternoon, then on Hobley Lake in the evening.

Wanlip Meadows: 1 Avocet.

Enderby: 46 Waxwings by the Foxhunter roundabout.

Leicester: 16 Waxwings, Chapel Lane, Knighton this morning. Also still 10 by Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Sunday 26th

Rutland Water: Grey Plover, Lagoon 1; 3 Sand Martins, Lagoon 5.

Eyebrook Res: drake Scaup near the tern raft but no sign of Hen Harrier today.

Leicester: 50+ Waxwings still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Saturday 25th

Rutland Water: 3 Garganey (2 drakes) around Lagoons 1 & 2 but mobile; Whimbrel & Great White Egret, Lagoon 1; 2 Smew & 2 Scaup still, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier again at the inflow this evening.

Stanford Res: 1st-winter male Long-tailed Duck still.

Leicester: c20 Waxwings still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Longmoor Lake: 3 Wheatears.

Friday 24th

Groby Pool: 4 Whooper Swans.

Saddington Res: Great Northern Diver (also belatedly reported for yesterday).

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier again at the inflow at 15:30, when it dropped into grass, then again from 17:00 - 17:30, also Marsh Harrier through and Great White Egret still at the inflow.

Rutland Water: Grey Plover & 1st-winter Med Gull, Lagoon 4.

Thornton Res: adult Whooper Swan briefly then flew off north-west at 08:30.

Leicester: 50+ Waxwings still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Grimston: 1 Swallow.

Thursday 23rd

Rutland Water: 5 Whooper Swans & 5 Dunlin, Lagoon 4.

Leicester: 27+ Waxwings still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Ashby de la Zouch: 20 Waxwings, Fairfax Close.

Wednesday 22nd

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret still at the inflow.

Leicester: 50+ Waxwings again at Avenue Road School on Clarendon Park Road.

Ashby de la Zouch: 18 Waxwings on Nottingham Road near junction with Featherbed Lane mid morning at least.

Market Harborough: 2 Waxwings at the end of Simborough Way.

Cropston Res: 3 Sand Martins.

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Tuesday 21st

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret still at the inflow.

Leicester: 50 Waxwings again at Avenue Road School on Clarendon Park Road.

Rutland Water: Swallow, Lagoon 1; 2 Scaup, South Arm 3.

Melton Mowbray: Osprey north-west flew over the council building at 08:05.

NB as always Ospreys will only be reported away from the regular areas in Rutland. For further information on the Rutland birds please visit ospreys.org.uk

Sunday 19th

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier briefly at the inflow at 10:30, and Great White Egret still present.

Rutland Water: 2 Smew, 2 Scaup & 2 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3 (Lapwing hide); c30 Sand Martins, Egleton reserve.

Saturday 18th

Rutland Water: adult Med Gull & 3 Dunlin, Lagoon 4; Great White Egret, Wet Meadow; 30+ Sand Martins & 1 Wheatear, Lagoon 1; drake & redhead Smew & 4 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3.

Stanford Res: Long-tailed Duck still, also2nd-winter Med Gull.

North Luffenham Airfield: 1 Wheatear.

Friday 17th

Rutland Water: 2 Slavs & 1 Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret still at the inflow.

Grimston: 1 Wheatear.

Thursday 16th

Rutland Water: 40 Sand Martins, Lagoon 4 + Willow Warbler reported; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall.

Luffenham Airfield: 1 Wheatear.

Leicester: 13 Waxwings on Glenfield Road at the corner of Vincent Close at 10:43, then flew towards the city.

Wednesday 15th

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

Tuesday 14th

Rutland Water: Wheatear, 2 Avocets, 10 Black-tailed Godwits & 1st-winter Med Gull, Lagoon 4; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall; 2 Slavs & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

North Luffenham Airfield: Wheatear this evening.

A couple of reminders as we approach the breeding season and summer migrants start to return:

1) No rare or scarce breeding species will be mentioned on the news page unless at protected sites such as Rutland Water. This includes Little Ringed Plover (which have returned to at least one site already).

2) Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps aren't really 'newsworthy' as migrants as they winter in the county.

Common migrants will be mentioned on the news page until they have turned up at a few sites and seem to be reasonably widespread.

Monday 13th

Swithland Res: no sign of Bonaparte's Gull today.

Rutland Water: drake Red-breasted Merganser still, North Arm, also 2 Black-necked Grebes.

Billesdon: 2 Swallows flew north at 09:30.

Wigston: 10 Waxwings on the B582, 100m past the McDonald's roundabout.

Sunday 12th

Swithland Res: 2nd-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL (1st county record) on the north side, viewable from the dam/Kinchley Lane. Present on and of for most of the day, but has disappeared for over an hour at times. Last seen briefly around 16:15.

I have updated the County Listing page on the information I've received so far - please let me know if you saw it but your list hasn't been updated. And please note as always that this page may be cached by your ISP, so you may not see today's update until you refresh your browser a few times and/or clear your internet browser history/cache.

Rutland Water: Red-breasted Merganser still, North Arm, also 2 Slav & 2 Black-necked Grebes; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall.

Albert Village Lake: juv Glaucous Gull this afternoon.

Groby: 9 Waxwings briefly in Sycamore Drive this morning.

Church Langton: 3 Waxwings still in the community hall/school area.

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret still at the inflow.

Saturday 11th

Rutland Water: drake Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Slav & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall.

Eyebrook Res: Bittern flew in at 08:55 and landed on Leics bank near the inflow bunker. Seen again briefly in the same area at midday, then on the opposite bank around 16:00. Also Great Egret still rpesent.

Leicester: 12 Waxwings flew from Brazil Street towards Raw Dykes Road this afternoon.

Stoughton: 8 Waxwings 100m past the church on Gaulby Lane.

Church Langton: 3 Waxwings still, in the farthest corner of the community hall car park adjacent to the school playing field.

Friday 10th

Rutland Water: White-fronted Goose, 2 Slav & Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & drake Scaup, South Arm 3; 5 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4; pair of Smew, Fishponds; 18 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 4 this evening.

Church Langton: Wheatear on the school playing field, also Short-eared Owl flew west & 3 Waxwings still in the car park

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret still at the inflow but no sign of the Bittern today.

Thursday 9th

Eyebrook Res: Bittern again this morning, elusive on the Leics bank between the bunker & the bridge, but no sign this afternoon. Also pair of Smew south of the island.

Rutland Water: 3 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4.

Wednesday 8th

Eyebrook Res: Bittern again this evening - flew from the near the inflow bunker to the copse north of the bridge at 17:10.

Melton CP: 5 Waxwings in trees behind the visitor centre at miday.

Church Langton: 3 Waxwings still in the school car park.

Tuesday 7th

Eyebrook Res: Bittern again north of the bridge this morning, then flew down res and landed near the inflow viewing bunker. Also Brambling at the Alec Lane gate feeders.

Rutland Water: Whimbrel still, Wet Meadow, also Stonechat, Lagoon 1; 2 Slav & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 8 Scaup, South Arm 3; 10 Smew still around the reserve.

Church Langton: 4 Waxwings still in the school car park.

Monday 6th

Rutland Water: Slav & Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall & Whimbrel, Wet Meadow.

Leicester: 3 Waxwings briefly at Attenborough Arboretum, Carisbrooke Road this morning, also 4 still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Sunday 5th

Rutland Water: Crossbill over Berrybutts Spinney at 06:55; 4+ Sand Martins, South Arm 2; 3 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4; drake Scaup, South Arm 3; 2 Great White Egrets, Heron Bay.

Eyebrook Res: no sign of Bittern or Great White Egret today.

Saturday 4th

Eyebrook Res: Bittern showed well north of the bridge at the inflow until 14:00, also pair of Smew south of the island & Great White Egret reported this morning, but no sign the rest of the day.

Rutland Water: 2 Waxwings flew north over Lagoon 4 at 11:35; drake Scaup, South Arm 3; 2 Smew & Great White Egret, North Arm.

Friday 3rd

Rutland Water: Sand Martin & Dunlin, Lagoon 1; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall; 2 Slavs & 4 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 7 Smew & 4 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4 + Med Gull in the pre-roost; redhead Smew, Lagoon 3; 2 Scaup & 8 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3.

Church Langton: 1 Waxwing in school car park.

Wednesday 1st

Rutland Water: Sand Martin, Crake hide; Great Northern Diver & 8 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; 7 Smew & 1 Ringed Plover, Lagoon 4; 2 redhead Smew, Lagoon 3.

Wigston: 2 Stonechats by footbridge over the River Sence between the sewage works and little hill.