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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
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Hawfinch
Burbage Common
14th November 2017
© David Taylor

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Cory's Shearwater
Rutland Water
2nd November 2017
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Cory's Shearwater
Rutland Water
2nd November 2017
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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
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Drake American Wigeon
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Rutland Water
30th September 2017
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Drake American Wigeon
Rutland Water
24th September 2017
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Juvenile Gannet
Rutland Water
9th September 2017
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Spotted Redshank
Rutland Water
3rd September 2017
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Bittern
Rutland Water
23rd August 2017
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American Wigeon
Rutland Water
29th August 2017
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Hoopoe
Loughborough
26th August 2017
© Rosie Thompson

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Hoopoe
Loughborough
26th August 2017
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Hoopoe
Loughborough
26th August 2017
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Hoopoe
Loughborough
26th August 2017
© Pete Smith

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NOVEMBER

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.

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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.

Listing page updated.

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.

OCTOBER

Tuesday 31st

Pilton: Hawfinch flew north-east at 07:20, also 14 Bramblings west.

Stanford Res: adult Little Gull at the inflow.

Ibstock: 2 Bramblings flew west.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Ruff, 10 Dunlin & 2 Stonechats.

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Monday 30th

Rutland Water: Bittern, Lagoon 3, also 3 Whooper Swans somewhere.

Leighfield: 2 Whooper Swans flew south early morning.

Eyebrook Res: no sign of reported Shag today.

Sunday 29th

Hawfinches: just four singles today: Whitwick, Donisthorpe, Pickwell & Manton.

Eyebrook Res: report of a Shag, but no details of where or what age, also Marsh Harrier & 2 Stonechats.

Stanford Res: 3 Great White Egrets flew over at 13:10 heading towards South Kilworth.

Saturday 28th

Big Hawfinch movement today, almost all in the north-west of the county:

Thornton: 26 + (flocks of 4, 2 & 20+).
Sence Valley FP: 19 (6, 12 & 1).
Whitwick: 14 (1 & 13).
Wanlip Meadows: 7.
Pilton (Rutland): 6 ( 3, 2 & 1).
Ellistown: 3.

The majority of birds were moving west. Also lots of thrushes moving, e.g. 1435 Fieldfares over Sence Valley FP, plus Ring Ouzel and Brambling at the same site.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; adult Med Gull, Lagoon 4; Whimbrel & 2 Green Sandpipers, Manton Bay.

Watermead CP North: Marsh Harrier flew high north-west.

Loughborough: Short-eared Owl flew over high.

Friday 27th

Western Park, Leicester: Hawfinch flew west at 08:05.

Grimston: 3 Hawfinches flew west + female Brambling briefly by the grain dryer.

Groby Pool: 3 adult Whooper Swans.

North Luffenham Airfield: Common Redpoll ringed.

Hicks Lodge: 2 Stonechats.

Martinsthorpe: 136 Fieldfares.

Thursday 26th

Albert Village Lake: juvenile Shag.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; 3 Ringed Plovers, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff & 3 Stonechats.

Stoughton Airfield: 2 Stonechats.

Wednesday 25th

Hicks Lodge: male & female Ring Ouzels, also 1 Stonechat.

Rutland Water: Black Tern, North Arm.

Ibstock: Rock Pipit and Brambling flew south this morning.

Saddington Res: Great White Egret.

Tuesday 24th

Manton: Hawfinch flew south at 13:15.

Monday 23rd

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2.

Watermead CP South: Rock Pipit flew south over the Mammoth at 10:50.

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ruff & 2 Stonechats.

Sunday 22nd

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; female Scaup, South Arm 3 (Lapwing hide); 2 Red-crested Pochards, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: 12 adult Whooper Swans at the inflow, also 10 Ruff, Ringed Plover & 2 Stonechats.

Leighfield Fishponds: 2 Hawfinches flew west this morning.

Saturday 21st

Newbold Verdon: Black Redstart in Old Farm Lane/ Moat Close area but mobile. Please respect residents' privacy if visiting.

Croft Hill: 7 Shags flew low south at 10:15.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still on Lagoon 2.

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret.

Bradgate Park: Woodcock flushed from the copse between Old John & the war memorial this morning, also Swallow north & 6 Fieldfares south.

Friday 20th

Redmile: 2 Grey Plovers flew west early afternoon.

Thursday 19th

Stanford Res: DUSKY WARBLER trapped on the Northants side late morning and released at the inflow car park at 11:10; seen again in hawthorn bushes on the Leics side of the inflow at 11:45, but no further sign by dusk.

Thornton Res: Great White Egret.

Wednesday 18th

Redmile: 4 Whooper Swans flew over this morning and dropped into Belvoir Lakes. Also 2 Swallows this afternoon.

Tuesday 17th

Leighfield Fishponds: Hawfinch at 08:50 for 20 minutes then flew off west.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, Lagoon 2; Little Stint, 3 Dunlin & Ringed Plover, Lagoon 4; 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1.

Stanford Res: 2 Great White Egrets on the Leics side then flew west.

Sunday 15th

Melton CP: Yellow-browed Warbler calling in willows this morning.

Bradgate Park: 2 Hawfinches flew over the war memorial near Old John this morning.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; Little Stint, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Rock Pipits at the inflow; 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull at the island. Also of interest, 10 small geese at the island, which have been reported as probable Cackling Geese. However, the pattern of all the mantle and wing covert feathers (basically brownish grey with a narrow dark subterminal band and pale tip), and the very Barnacle-like faces of 3 of them shows that they must be Barnacle Goose hybrids, probably with Cackling Goose, but possibly with one of the small races of Canada Goose.

Saturday 14th

Ibstock: Hawfinch flew west over Pretoria Road this morning. There is a bit of a national influx of this species at the moment, so it's well worth learning the flight calls if you aren't familiar with them, as many must be missed.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2, but no reports of Cattle Egret since Thursday.

Eyebrook Res: adult & 1st-winter Med Gulls at the inflow this afternoon, also Greenshank, 10 Ruff, 4 Dunlin & Stonechat, + Ringed Plover at the island.

Longmoor Lake: 5 Stonechats.

Friday 13th

Leighfield Fishponds: Hawfinch flew over.

Billesdon: female/imm Merlin near the A47 this morning.

Loughborough: Brambling flew west.

Thursday 12th

Rutland Water: Cattle Egret, North Arm this afternoon, on the Fishponds bund then flew into the sheep field behind. View from the end of the road past Fishponds Cottage. Also Greenshank there. Drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; 2 Little Stints, Manton Bay; Little Stint, Lagoon 4; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3.

Melton Mowbray: Firecrest with tit flock this morning in Play Close, but no further sign when looked for later.

Eyebrook Res: 1st-winter Med Gull at the inflow this evening.

Ibstock: Rock Pipit flew south this morning.

Burton Flats: 2 Wheatears.

Wednesday 11th

Braunstone: 2 Gannets flew east over Bendbow rise at 08:50.

Rutland Water: Cattle Egret roosted at the Fishponds this evening; drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; 2 Little Stints still, Manton Bay, also the long-staying, non-migratory, copper-ringed Whimbrel of presumably captive origin, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: Greenshank, 8 Ruff, 2 Dunlin & Green Sandpiper.

Ibstock: Fieldfare flew south.

Tuesday 10th

Rutland Water: no sign of Cattle Egret today, but drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 2; 2 Little Stints, 4 Ringed Plovers, 9 Ruff, Green Sandpiper & Dunlin, Manton Bay; Greenshank, North Arm; 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: 7 Ruff, 4 Dunlin & 1 Stonechat.

Monday 9th

Rutland Water: Cattle Egret, Lagoon 2 this afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Dunlin, 7 Ruff & 2 Stonechats.

Also 2 late records for Friday 6th - a Woodlark between Snarestone & Shackerstone (SK357082) and c130 Pink-footed Geese over Leighfield.

Sunday 8th

Billesdon: Yellow-browed Warbler calling with Long-tailed Tits in Weare Close this morning.

Rutland Water: 2 drake American Wigeons still.

North Luffenham Airfield: 910 Redwings flew west during the day.

Friday 6th

Rutland Water: 2 drake American Wigeons still (Lagoons 2 & 4 I assume), also White-fronted Goose & Ruff, Lagoon 4; 3 Bitterns, Marsh Harrier & Black-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 3; Ringed Plover, North Arm.

Thursday 5th

Rutland Water: 2 Little Stints, North Arm.

Wednesday 4th

Braunstone: Yellow-browed Warbler with tit flock in wood behind Bendbow Rise & Pilkington Road this afternoon.

Tuesday 3rd

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 4 + 4 Little Stints; Red-necked Grebe still, North Arm; Garganey, Lagoon 3 & Whimbrel, Lagoon 1.

Monday 2nd

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 4.

Sunday 1st

Eyebrook Res: Greenshank, Green Sandpiper & 13 Ruff.

 

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