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Whooper Swan
Groby Pool
8th June 2019
© Allen Pocock

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Wood Warbler
6th May 2019
© Ian Merrill

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Rutland Water
18th April 2019
© Andy Mackay

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Marsh Harrier
Eyebrook Res
31st March 2019
© Louise Hawkins

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Rutland Water
20th March 2019
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Whooper Swans
Cropston Res
11th February 2019
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Jack Snipe
Rutland Water
27th January 2019
© Chris Park

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Jack Snipe
Rutland Water
9th January 2019
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Jack Snipe
Rutland Water
9th January 2019
© Donald Talbott

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4th January 2019
© Chris Hubbard

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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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Rutland Water
13th December 2018
© David Scott

Last update: Sunday 14th July 2019 at 16:10

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Sunday 14th

Rutland Water: 1 Ruff & 7 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 1.

Saturday 13th

Loughborough: Whimbrel flew over this morning.

Eyebrook Res: 7 Green Sandpipers & 5 LRPs.

Thursday 11th

Rutland Water: Garganey, Marsh Harrier & 3 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Green Sandpipers.

Monday 8th

Stanford Res: 4 Common Scoters this afternoon.

Sunday 7th

Rutland Water: flocks of 7 & 24 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: 5 Black-tailed Godwits this evening.

Tuesday 2nd

Eyebrook Res: 11 Black-tailed Godwits.

Monday 1st

Eyebrook Res: 50 Black-tailed Godwits this afternoon.

Stanford Res: 1 Green Sandpiper.


Sunday 30th

Rutland Water: 12 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 4.

Saturday 29th

Rutland Water: 2 Little Terns, North Arm late morning.

Wanlip Meadows: 5 Black-tailed Godwits from Plover hide.

Thursday 20th

Rutland Water: 3 Little Terns, Lagoon 4.

Monday 17th

Rutland Water: Green Sandpiper, Lagoon 4.

Update on the Groby Pool Whooper Swan (ringed V9J in black on yellow, right leg) - this bird was in care at RSPCA Stapley Grange, Cheshire last winter, and was ringed and released on 21st April 2019 on the canal at Middlewich (odd place to release a wild Whooper Swan?). This is the first reported sighting since it was released.

Tuesday 11th

Rutland Water: 2 Grey Plovers & 26 Dunlin, Lagoon 4.

Saturday 8th

Rutland Water: Turnstone & 2 Sanderlings, Lagoon 4.

Groby Pool: Whooper Swan still.

Friday 7th

Groby Pool: an unseasonal Whooper Swan this afternoon with Mute Swans.

Thursday 6th

Rutland Water: Turnstone, 5 Sanderlings, 12 Ringed Plovers & 22 Dunlin, Lagoon 4. NB yesterday's Bittern report referred to Sunday at the Lyndon reserve, not Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: female Garganey at the inflow.

Wednesday 5th

Rutland Water: Turtle Dove flew low across Lagoon 4 late morning.

Monday 3rd

Rutland Water: Grey Plover & 1 Sanderling still, Lagoon 4.

Sunday 2nd

Rutland Water: Grey Plover & 4 Sanderlings, Lagoon 4; Bittern, Lyndon.

Saturday 1st

Rutland Water: Grey Plover, 3 Sanderlings, 10 Dunlin & 25+ Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.


Friday 31st

Rutland Water: Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Sanderlings, 19+ Dunlin & 36 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Thursday 30th

Saddington Res: White Stork this morning, then flew towards Mowsley at 11:30.

Wednesday 29th

Rutland Water: Curlew Sandpiper still, Lagoon 4.

Tuesday 28th

Rutland Water: 1 Curlew Sandpiper (not 4 as reported earlier), 41 Ringed Plovers & 23 Dunlin, Lagoon 4; 3 drake Garganey, Snipe hide.

Also some free British Birds magazines added to the For Sale page.

Sunday 26th

Rutland Water: 7 Sanderlings, 5 Dunlin & 25 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; drake Garganey still, Wet Meadow.

Saturday 25th

Shawell Sandpit: Little Stint & Sanderling still from Gibbet Lane.

Friday 24th

Shawell Sandpit: Little Stint, Sanderling & Dunlin from Gibbet Lane.

Thursday 23rd

Rutland Water: 2 Sanderlings, 9 Dunlin & c16 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Wednesday 22nd

Stanford Res: Sanderling.

Watermead CP North: Osprey flew over this afternoon.

Sunday 19th

Cropston Res: Firecrest singing behind the dam early morning, but no further sign.

Saturday 18th

Rutland Water: drake Garganey still, Lagoon 1; Black Tern, Lagoon 3; Arctic Tern, South Arm 3; Grey Plover, Sanderling & Greenshank, Lagoon 4; Whooper Swan still, Lagoon 5.

Shawell Sandpit: 2 Sanderlings & 10 Ringed Plovers.

Friday 17th

Rutland Water: Spotted Redshank, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit & 5 Sanderlings, Lagoon 4; 7 Black Terns, Lagoon 3; Whooper Swan still, Lagoon 5.

Shawell Sandpit: 3 Sanderlings + female Garganey still.

Thursday 16th

Rutland Water: adult Whooper Swan, Lagoon 5.

Shawell Sandpit: female Garganey still.

Also Spotted Flycatchers now in at several sites.

Wednesday 15th

Rutland Water: drake Garganey, Lagoon 1; Grey Plover & 7 Black Terns, Lagoon 3; 2 Black Terns & 3+ Arctic Terns, Manton Bay.

Shawell Sandpit: Wood Sandpiper & female Garganey from Gibbet Lane.

Sunday 12th

Rutland Water: Sandwich Tern, Lagoon 4, also Knot, 2 Sanderlings & 2 Bar-tailed Godwits; pair of Garganey still, Lagoon 1.

Thornton Res: drake Garganey.

Saturday 11th

Rutland Water: pair of Garganey still, Lagoon 1, also Whimbrel & Marsh Harrier; Knot, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Little Gulls, Common Sandpiper, 23 Dunlin & 8 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; 1 Black Tern & 3 Arctic Terns, Lagoon 3; 1 Black Tern, Manton Bay.

Cossington Meadows: 15 Black-tailed Godwits on Lower Moor scrape.

Friday 10th

Rutland Water: pair of Garganey, Lagoon 1; Knot, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits & 2 Little Gulls, Lagoon 4; 3 Black Terns, Manton Bay.

Cropston Res: 1 Black Tern & 2 Arctic Terns.

Eyebrook Res: 1 Black Tern north of the island.

Watermead CP South: 1 Black Tern.

Mountsorrel: 2 Ospreys high to the east early afternoon, then drifted towards Swithland Res.

Thursday 9th

Rutland Water, Lagoon 4: 1 Knot, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Gulls (1 adult, 3 1st-summers), 4 Arctic Terns, and up to 5 Sanderlings, 7 Turnstones & 125 Dunlin. Also 19 Turnstones flew over Lagoon 1 at 10:16.

Swithland Res: 9 Black Terns.

Wednesday 8th

Black Terns today at: Rutland Water (Lagoon 3) 9; Swithland Res (north side) 3; Watermead CP South 3; Stanford Res 2; Shawell Sandpit 2; Thornton Res 2 & Cropston Res 1.

Rutland Water: 2 Knot, 4 Grey Plovers, 2 Sanderlings, 3 Whimbrel 2 Greenshanks, 10+ Ringed Plovers & 71 Dunlin, Lagoon 4; 2 Little Gulls & Bar-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 3.

Tuesday 7th

Rutland Water: adult Kittiwake, Lagoon 4 late afternoon, also 10 Black Terns; 1 Bar-tailed Godwit & 1 Black-tailed Godwit moving between Lagoon 1 & 4.

Stanford Res: 12 Black Terns.

Watermead CP South: male Whinchat this morning along the river bank, c50 yards north of the flyover but mobile.

Monday 6th

Shepshed: Wood Warbler singing on the north side of Whitehorse Wood.

Rutland Water: 10+ Arctic Terns, Lagoon 3; Bar-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 4.

Warren Hills: male Ring Ouzel still.

Swithland Res: Osprey this evening, then flew towards Quorn.

For Sale page updated with a pair of Swarovski 8.5 x 42 EL binoculars.

Sunday 5th

Rutland Water: 1st-summer Little Gull & 20+ Arctic Terns, Lagoon 3; adult Little Gull, Lagoon 4.

Warren Hills: male Ring Ouzel in the usual fields near the pine trees (SK462149) this morning.

Saturday 4th

Rutland Water: 3 Little Gulls & 24 Arctic Terns, Lagoon 3.

Swithland Res: 1 Arctic Tern.

Wednesday 1st

Thornton Res: 1 Black Tern.


Tuesday 30th

Rutland Water: 2 Sanderlings & 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 4.

Monday 29th

Eyebrook Res: 1 Avocet, also 1+ Whinchat in the set-aside strip along the field edge on the Rutland side at the inflow end.

Saturday 27th

Rutland Water: 4 Pink-footed Geese, Lagoon 5; Hobby & Swift, Lagoon 2.

Stanford Res: 2 Arctic Terns, Channel Wagtail still + Swift & Hobby.

Friday 26th

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel & White Wagtail, Lagoon 4.

Swithland Res: 1 Black Tern.

Thursday 25th

Rutland Water: Lagoon 4: Grey Plover early morning only, 8 Whimbrels briefly around midday, Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black Tern, 4 Little Gulls (2 adults, 2 1st-summers), Greenshank & 6+ Dunlin; 1 Arctic Tern, Lagoon 3; female Scaup & Greenshank, Fishponds; 3 Pink-footed Geese & several Swifts, Lagoon 1.

Burrough Hill: Ring Ouzel in the first sheep field on the right from the car park.

Stanford Res: Black Tern, 3 Whimbrels + Channel Wagtail still.

Groby Pool: 1 Swift.

Wednesday 24th

Rutland Water: 2 Black Terns, Lagoon 3 this evening; Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit & 1st-summer Little Gull, Lagoon 4,

Stanford Res: male 'Channel' Wagtail (Blue-headed x Yellow intergrade/hybrid) this evening (also present yesterday).

Tuesday 23rd

Rutland Water: 3 Sanderlings, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Arctic Terns & 4 1st-summer Little Gulls, Lagoon 4.

Wymeswold: Hobby flew north-west.

Monday 22nd

Rutland Water: 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Whimbrel, Wood Sandpiper & 2 Ruff, Lagoon 4, also up to 4 Little Gulls around the lagoons.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Black Terns & 10+ Arctic Terns at the inflow.

Birstall Meadows: Wood Sandpiper this evening.

Swithland Res: 10+ Little Gulls this morning, but no sign by late afternoon.

For sale page updated with a Swarovski scope & tripod.

Sunday 21st

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpipers, Dunlin hide & Snipe hide, also Bar-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 4.

Aylestone Meadows: 1 Ring Ouzel, King's Lock paddocks.

Warren Hills: 1 Ring Ouzel still this morning, but no reports of Firecrest today.

Bardon Hill: 1 Ring Ouzel on the new section briefly this morning, also Cuckoo & Tree Pipit.

Cossington Meadows: Whimbrel flew over this afternoon.

Bradgate Park: 1 Cuckoo.

Saturday 20th

Warren Hills: female Firecrest in plantation at the northern end of the path at the end of the last field next to the large open gate late afternoon, also 2 Ring Ouzels in 2nd field this morning at least.

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper & Jack Snipe, Snipe hide; Bearded Tit flew west over Dunlin hide at 10:55; Common Sandpiper, Lagoon 4.

Swithland Res: Black Tern, north side.

Aylestone Meadows: Redstart & Grasshopper Warbler this morning.

Shawell Sandpit: juv Iceland Gull from Gibbet Lane.

Whitethroats at several sites today.

Friday 19th

Rutland Water: Sandwich Tern Lagoon 4 early morning only, also 3 Greenshanks; 4 Little Gulls, Lagoon 3.

Warren Hills: 4 Ring Ouzels (2 males) in the top fields), also female Redstart & Tree Pipit.

Cropston Res: possible Black Kite flew east around 11:00 (Andy Forryan/Paul Dayman).

Ashby-de-la-Zouch: Grasshopper Warbler singing in brambles between Prior Park Road and Bath Grounds.

Thursday 18th

Rutland Water: Whimbrel & Greenshank, Lagoon 4; 1+ Brambling still singing behind Osprey hide; Reed Warbler, Smew hide + report of Grey Plover flying east somewhere this morning.

Warren Hills: male Ring Ouzel in the top fields early afternoon.

Swithland Res: Black Tern on the south side.

North Luffenham: Swift flew north at 10:00.

Burton on the Wolds: Cuckoo calling near the playing fields this morning.

Also the For Sale page updated with a pair of Swarovski EL 10x42 binoculars.

Wednesday 17th

Rutland Water: Spotted Redshank, Lagoon 4 this evening.

Watermead CP North: adult Little Gull, King Lear's Lake. Nearby, Reed Warbler singing at Watermead CP South.

Tuesday 16th

Stanford Res: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Common Sandpipers & several Sedge Warblers.

Rutland Water: 1 Little Gull, Lagoon 4.

Monday 15th

Rutland Water: 2 Little Gulls, Lagoon 3 & 1 on Lagoon 4.

Priory Water: 2 adult Little Gulls.

Stanford Res: Greenshank this morning.

Sunday 14th

Rutland Water: 4 Little Gulls, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: Whimbrel flew through this morning.

Saturday 13th

Rutland Water: 4 adult Little Gulls still, Lagoon 3, also 3 Arctic Terns; Bar-tailed Godwit briefly, Lagoon 4, then flew towards Lagoon 3.

Swithland Res: 3 Little Gulls & 2 Arctic Terns at the dam end.

Ibstock: 2+ Common Scoters heard flying wast early morning.

Friday 12th

Rutland Water: 4 adult Little Gulls, Lagoon 3; 4 Pink-footed Geese still, Lagoon 1; Sedge Warbler, Lagoon 2; 3+ Bramblings still behind Osprey hide; female Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 4/3; drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 4.

Wednesday 10th

Burrough Hill: male & female Ring Ouzels viewed from the road in the sheep paddock below the brick reservoir, also singing Lesser Whitethroat.

Rutland Water: 21 Whooper Swans, North Arm this morning; drake American Wigeon & 3 Little Gulls, Lagoon 4; 3 Bramblings in trees behind Lagoon 2.

Leicester: Common Sandpiper in drainage ditch on Bridge Road (off Uppingham Road).

Tuesday 9th

Rutland Water: 19 Little Gulls, Lagoon 1 this morning, then most of these later on Lagoon 3, along with 3 Arctic Terns this evening; c30 Bramblings, Lax Hill/Gorse Close & another 10+ in trees behind Osprey hide; 4 Pink-footed Geese, Lagoon 1; Yellow Wagtail, Goldeneye hide; drake American Wigeon, 4 Dunlin & 2 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; 2 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 5.

Thornton Res: 6 Common Scoters & 1 Common Tern.

Watermead CP South: 2 adult Little Gulls.

Stanford Res: 1 Little Gull this morning.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Common Terns.

Monday 8th

Stanford Res: 12 Little Gulls this evening + Green Sandpiper.

Swithland Res: 3 adult & 1 1st-winter Little Gulls.

Groby Pool: 3 adult Little Gulls this evening.

Rutland Water: 3 Little Gulls, Lagoon 3; drake American Wigeon, Dunlin & 2 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Charnwood Lodge: 3 Willow Warblers.

Sunday 7th

Cossington Meadows: male Ring Ouzel this morning with Redwings in horse paddock next to footpath leading from Charles Street, Sileby. Flew off north at 10:00 and no sign later.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 4.

Saturday 6th

Burrough Hill: female Ring Ouzel this morning.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 4.

Stanford Res: 2 Little Gulls + Common Tern.

Friday 5th

Burrough Hill: male Ring Ouzel this morning.

Rutland Water: Little Gull, Lagoon 4/South Arm 3 + Common Tern.

Stanford Res: adult Little Gull, 3 Common Terns & 2 Willow Warblers.

Shawell Sandpit: 3rd-winter Iceland Gull.

Watermead CP North: 3 Common Terns, King Lear's Lake.

Also a pair of Leica Ultravid 8x32 binoculars added to the For Sale page.

Thursday 4th

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 4.

Wednesday 3rd

Warren Hills: male Ring Ouzel at the bottom of the field to the right of the wood this morning.

Rutland Water: 2 Bramblings along the Summer Trail, flew towards Osprey hide.

Swithland Res: 2 Bramblings near the boathouse at the dam.

Cropston Res: Osprey flew over this morning, also 50+ Swallows.

Stanford Res: Ringed Plover & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Saddington Res: 5 Swallows.

Blaby: 1 Swallow.

Tuesday 2nd

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 4, also Yellow Wagtail, LRP, Ringed Plover & 6 Swallows + 3 Pink-footed Geese & Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 1.

Monday 1st

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon still, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: female Marsh Harrier again around midday.