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Wood Warbler,
Watermead CP North
April 2013
© Simon Devoss

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Female Ring Ouzel,
Cossington Meadows
30th April 2013
© Steve Wells

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Female Ring Ouzel,
Cossington Meadows
30th April 2013
© John Hague

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Wood Warbler,
Watermead CP North
29th April 2013
© Donald Talbott

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Wood Warbler,
Watermead CP North
28th April 2013
© John Hague

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Wood Warbler,
Rutland Water
23rd April 2013
© Lloyd Park

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1st-summer Ring-billed Gull,
Melton CP
23rd April 2013
© Mark Rossell

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1st-summer Ring-billed Gull,
Melton CP
23rd April 2013
© Mark Rossell
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1st-summer Ring-billed Gull,
Melton CP
23rd April 2013
© Bob Pacey

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1st-summer Ring-billed Gull,
Melton CP
23rd April 2013
© Bob Pacey

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1st-summer Ring-billed Gull,
Rutland Water
18th April 2013
© Richard Bayldon

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Blue-headed Wagtail,
Rutland Water
16th April 2013
© Bob Pacey

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Black-necked Grebe,
Thornton Res
15th April 2013
© John Hague

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Male Redstart,
Ashby de la Zouch
13th April 2013
© Richard Pegler

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Siberian Chiffchaff,
Barrow upon Soar
1st April 2013
© Ian Merrill

APRIL 2013

Tuesday 30th

Melton CP: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull again.

Rutland Water: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull roosted on Lagoon 4 from 18:00, also probable Crane flew south-west over Manton Bay at dusk.

Watermead CP North: Wood Warbler still singing at the north-west corner of King Lear's Lake. Nearby, the 2 Ring Ouzels still at Cossington Meadows.

Near Wellsborough: 15 Wheatears in a field at Harris Bridge, off the A444.

Monday 29th

Melton CP: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull again this morning.

Watermead CP North: Wood Warbler still singing at the north-west corner of King Lear's Lake this morning. Nearby, the 2 Ring Ouzels are still at Cossington Meadows, but in the next field towards Rectory Marsh (through the gate to the right of the main track). PLEASE KEEP TO THE FOOTPATHS AT THIS SITE - someone presumed to be a birdwatcher (he had binoculars anyway) was seen walking his dog through the field where the Ring Ouzels were yesterday.

Rutland Water: 2 Whimbrel, South Arm 1 this morning, then flew north, also Common Sandpiper & Wheatear; Turnstone, Knot, 22 Dunlin & 17 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; Great Northern Diver, 2 Arctic Terns & 1 Common Sandpiper, North Arm; Little Gull, Lagoon 3; Ruff & Dunlin, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: 1 Arctic Tern at the north end.

Little Stretton: 2 Whinchats on fenceposts south-east of the stream to the north of the village this morning (c. SK672010). Also 1 Wheatear at Stoughton airfield.

Welby: 1 Channel Wagtail in field with Yellow Wagtails.

Sunday 28th

Watermead CP North: Wood Warbler singing at the north-west corner of King Lear's Lake, and showing well early afternoon at least.

Cossington Meadows: 2 Ring Ouzels still in same place as yesterday.

Melton CP: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull again, mid-morning at least.

Rutland Water: 1 Little Gull, North Arm, also Great Northern Diver still & 1 Common Sandpiper; male Whinchat by entrance to Snipe hide at 12:15; 2 Ruff & 3 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: pair of Garganey at the north end, also 1 Arctic Tern.

Rothley: Hobby over the Great Central station this afternoon.

The 800 Black-tailed Godwits at RW the other day were from the Medway/Thames wintering flock - four of the colour-ringed birds were regular winterers in that area, with three being seen there in January/February this year.

Saturday 27th

Cossington Meadows: 2 Ring Ouzels still this morning - from the main reserve entrance follow the main track for c.300m, and the birds are in the 2nd field on the right near a clump of daffodils.

Melton CP: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull most of the day; no report from RW this evening.

Swithland Res: Common Sandpiper on the dam.

Watermead CP South: male Red-crested Pochard still.

Friday 26th

Rutland Water: 800 Black-tailed Godwits still on Lagoon 4 this morning. To put this into perspective, the previous largest flock in Leics & Rutland was 150 at RW on April 27th 1995. 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull again on Lagoon 4 this evening, also 1 Knot; Great Northern Diver, North Arm.

Melton CP: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull, 13:15 at least till 16:35, when it flew off south with Common Gulls.

Cossington Meadows: second hand report of male and female Ring Ouzels 'from the main path'.

Cropston Res: 3 Arctic Terns.

Watermead CP South: 4 Swifts.

Claybrooke Lodge Farm: 4 Wheatears.

Bittesby: 1 Garden Warbler.

Grove Park, Enderby: 1 Wheatear.

Thursday 25th

Photos of the worn/damaged right side of the tail, as well as other plumage details, clearly show that the Melton & RW Ring-billed Gull records refer to the same bird.

Melton CP: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull again from midday - 14:00 at least.

Rutland Water: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull, Lagoon 4 from 18:00, also 700 (yes, 700!) Black-tailed Godwits this evening, Knot, Ruff, 11 Ringed Plovers, 51 Dunlin, 5 Avocets & 2 White Wagtails; Black Tern, Lagoon 3; 2 Arctic Terns, Lagoon 1; 14 Common Scoters, Main Water.

Albert Village Tip: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull this morning.

Cottesmore: 1 Hobby.

Eyebrook Res: 10 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover + Garden Warbler at the bridge.

Wednesday 24th

Rutland Water: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull roosted on Lagoon 4 again this evening from 18:30, also Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Arctic Terns, 11 Avocets, 2 Ruff & 1 Common Sandpiper. Wood Warbler again this morning along Hambleton Road.

Frolesworth: female Whinchat at Hill Farm, SP 500898.

Longmoor Lake: 6 Wheatears, 1 White Wagtail & 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

Lockington GP: 4 White Wagtails.

Kilworth Springs GC: 4 Yellow Wagtails.

Melton CP: no sign of Ring-billed Gull this morning at least, and no news either way in the afternoon.

Tuesday 23rd

Melton CP: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull (presumed same bird that has been roosting at RW recently) coming to bread; also seen there on Saturday and Sunday. Melton CP is on the northern edge of Melton Mowbray - car park at the end of Wymondham Way, off Scalford Road. c. SK756207. Click here for map (opens in new window). Last reported from Melton CP at 17:25.

Rutland Water: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull on Lagoon 4 again from 17:40. Wood Warbler singing this morning in trees on Hambleton Road, by the green 'Carillion' gates on the south side of the road, just before the road to Tim's cottage (SK879085). Also Whimbrel, 5 Avocets & 2 Ruff, Lagoon 4; Bittern flew over Lagoon 3 this evening; male Blue-headed Wagtail at the dam; 5 Arctic Terns & 15+ Common Terns, Lagoons 3 & 4; Garden Warbler, Hambleton Wood; 3 Swifts, 6 White Wagtails & 2 Wheatears around the reserve.

Longmoor Lake: Lesser Whitethroat & 4 Wheatears.

Grasshopper Warblers at several site today.

Monday 22nd

Rutland Water: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull again on Lagoon 4 from 17:20 (Dunlin hide), also Greenshank, 15 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper & 2 Ruff. Bar-tailed Godwit reported this morning. 30 Arctic Terns, Lagoon 3.

Bardon Hill: 4 Ring Ouzels still this morning.

Watermead CP Birstall: 1 Grasshopper Warbler. Nearby, drake Red-crested Pochard still, Watermead CP South.

Sunday 21st

Rutland Water: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull again on Lagoon 4 this evening.

Bardon Hill: 7 Ring Ouzels on the mound this morning, also female Redstart, 2 Tree Pipits flew north, Cuckoo & Grasshopper Warbler.

Little Stretton: male Whinchat on fenceposts south-east of the stream to the north of the village this morning (c. SK672010). Nearby, Lesser Whitethroat by the pond just north of Houghton Lane (SK654025).

Watermead CP Birstall: Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warblers & 3 Common Terns.

Priory Water: 2 Whooper Swans still, also Marsh Harrier flew south mid-morning.

Thornton Res: Lesser Whitethroat + White Wagtail.

Saturday 20th

Rutland Water: Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, Greenshank, 5 Avocets, 4 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpipers (earlier report of Wood Sandpiper was erroneous) & 4+ White Wagtails, Lagoon 4; Great Northern Diver, South Arm 3 (Fieldfare hide); female Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Arctic Terns, 2 Reed Warblers, Lagoon 3; Swift, Manton Bay; Common Sandpiper, Goldeneye hide.

Hicks Lodge: 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Wheatears, Yellow Wagtail & 3 White Wagtails.

Cropston Res: 4 Arctic Terns still.

Swithland Res: 3 Common Sandpipers on the dam.

Lockington GP: no sign of Green-winged Teal today.

Friday 19th

Rutland Water: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull again on Lagoon 4 briefly at 20:00, also Spotted Redshank, Grey Plover & 51 White Wagtails.

Lockington GP: drake Green-winged Teal, 24+ White Wagtails, 3 Yellow Wagtails, Common Sandpiper & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Charley Mill: Ring Ouzel, Redstart & 16 Wheatears, but no sign of Pied Flycatcher today.

Watermead CP North: Arctic Tern & 2 Swifts on the Pec Pit (opposite the Hope & Anchor).

Thornton Res: 2 adult Med Gulls flew over at 08:00, also Whitethroat, White Wagtail & 4 Yellow Wagtails.

Brascote Pits: 10+ White Wagtails, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Wheatears & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Thursday 18th

Rutland Water: 1st-summer Ring-billed Gull this evening on Lagoon 4, also Grey Plover, 4 Avocets, 54 White Wagtails, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Channel Wagtail (Blue-headed/Yellow Wagtail intergrade) with c20 Yellow Wagtails; 4 Common Sandpipers, Goldeneye hide.

Charley Mill: male Pied Flycatcher at the end of the track, just beyond, but viewable from, the 'no access beyond this point' sign. c. SK 475145.

Cropston Res: 4 Arctic Terns.

Watermead CP North: 1 Arctic Tern, King Lear's Lake, also 1 Whitethroat.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: 6 White Wagtails, 34 Yellow Wagtails & 3 Wheatears.

Wednesday 17th

Charley Mill: male Redstart, but no sign of Ring Ouzel today.

Rutland Water: Grey Plover, Lagoon 4.

Dishley Pool: 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

Groby Pool: Hobby, 2 Arctic Terns & 1 Common Tern.

Swithland Res: 1 Arctic Tern.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: 1 Swift.

Wigston/Countesthorpe: 4 White Wagtails in the second ploughed field beyond Navvies Pit, but no sign of Redstart today.

Brascote Pits: 5 White Wagtails.

Watermead CP North: Sedge Warbler & Whitethroat at the Reedbed Nature Reserve.

Watermead CP South: 2 Red-crested Pochards still.

Stanford Res: 2 Common Sandpipers at the dam, but no sign of Black-throated Diver.

Wheatears: 14, Charley Mill, 13 Longmoor Lake, 10 between Wigston & Countesthorpe, 3, Brascote Pits & 2, Frolesworth Manor Lake. Also good numbers of Yellow Wagtails at several sites again today.

Tuesday 16th

Timberwood Hill: male Ring Ouzel again from Charley Mill Farm track.

Rutland Water: male Blue-headed Wagtail (+ 1 Channel type) & 10 Arctic Terns at the dam; 3 Med Gulls & 2 Avocets, Lagoon 4; Great Northern Diver & Long-tailed Duck still, North Arm, also 45 White Wagtails, 70+ Yellow Wagtails, 7 Sedge Warblers, 5+ Common Terns, 6 Common Sandpipers & 11 Dunlin around the reserve.

Wigston/Countesthorpe: male Redstart along footpath that runs from Barford Close, Wigston to the sewage works. In ploughed field just west of the footpath near Navvies Pit fishing lake, also 3 Yellow Wagtails.

Ravenstone/Heather: male Redstart at the top end of Sence Valley Forest Park at SK399129.

Stoughton Airfield: Whitethroat singing today, also 400+ Golden Plovers still.

Welby: Jack Snipe & Yellow Wagtail.

Longmoor Lake: 3 White Wagtails.

Also lots of Wheatears around today, at: Wigston/Countesthorpe (15), Timberwood Hill (15), Sence Valley Forest Park (9), Rutland Water (9), Stoughton Airfield (8), Longmoor Lake (7), Little Dalby (2), Burrough Hill (1) and Welby (1). And no doubt hundreds more in fields that no-one looked at!

Monday 15th

Aylestone Meadows: male Ring Ouzel this evening, in paddocks just south of Kings Lock cottage on the east side of the canal. Appeared to go to roost in the hedge that runs down the middle. Viewable from the towpath by the metal gate - please do not enter fields.

Charley Mill: male Ring Ouzel this afternoon, also 1 Wheatear.

Warren Hills: female Ring Ouzel this morning, but elusive, also 1 Wheatear.

Thornton Res: Black-necked Grebe in Markfield arm.

Rutland Water: male Redstart between Dunlin hide and the road; Common Tern, Green Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin & 5 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; Common Sandpiper & Green Sandpiper, North Arm, also 17 Yellow Wagtails & 6 White Wagtails around the reserve.

Cossington Meadows: 1 Reed Warbler.

Brascote Pits: Common Sandpiper, 7 Yellow Wagtails & 1 White Wagtail.

Sunday 14th

Rutland Water: 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 1; Sandwich Tern, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 8 White Wagtails & 12 Dunlin, Lagoon 4; Hobby, North Arm.

Lockington GP: 2 Arctic Terns & 4 White Wagtails.

Brascote Pits: 2 Yellow Wagtails & 1 White Wagtail.

Saturday 13th

Ashby de la Zouch: male Redstart in a garden today, also Brambling.

Ketton: Tree Pipit flew north this morning.

Eyebrook Res: Little Gull through at 15:00.

Barrow upon Soar: Siberian Chiffchaff still singing.

Bardon Hill: 1 Wheatear.

Cropston Res: 1 Common Tern.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: Brambling south at 08:15.

Hinckley: 20 Waxwings again at 250 Ashby Road at 12:30.

Longmoor Lake: 1 Ringed Plover.

Also many reports of all three hirundines today at too many sites to mention individually, and Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs singing at several sites.

Friday 12th

Lockington GP: 3 Sandwich Terns, 1 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail & 2 Sand Martins.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: 3 Yellow Wagtails & 4 Swallows.

Charley Mill: Willow Warbler & 2 Swallows.

Watermead CP South: Common Sandpiper & 3 Willow Warblers.

Watermead CP North: Willow Warbler, 3 Swallows & 15 Sand Martins.

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver still off Hambleton Wood; Red-breasted Merganser, Manton Bay; Smew, Lagoon 4; 4 Yellow Wagtails around the reserve; 130 Sand Martins, Lagoon 4.

Thornton Res: House Martin, 3 Swallows & 50 Sand Martins.

Thursday 11th

Cossington Meadows: drake Garganey still on Rectory Marsh, also 2 Swallows at Cossington Mill.

Albert Village Tip: 1st-winter Glaucous Gull & 2nd-winter Iceland Gull.

Barrow upon Soar: Siberian Chiffchaff still at the sewage works.

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver off Hambleton Wood; Avocet, Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plovers, 60 Sand Martins & 1 Swallow, Lagoon 4; 70+ Sand Martins, North Arm.

Wanlip Meadows: 1 Black-tailed Godwit.

All 3 hirundines at both Swithland Res & Cropston Res this morning, including c30 Sand Martins at the latter.

Wednesday 10th

Barrow upon Soar: Siberian Chiffchaff still at the sewage works.

Rutland Water: male 'Channel Wagtail' (Blue-headed/Yellow intergrade), Lagoon 4, also the first Common Tern of the year today.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: 3 Swallows through this evening.

Copt Oak: 1 Swallow.

Ashby Parva: 1 Brambling by the church.

Hinckley: 20 Waxwings by the National Grid Office in Coventry Road, 09:30 at least.

Loughborough: 13 Waxwings, Eye Brook Close, 09:00 - 09:50.

Tuesday 9th

Rutland Water: 1 Common Redpoll with Lessers by the Normanton Fishing Lodge; Long-tailed Duck still, South Arm 3.

Lockington GP: 2 Wheatears, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Green Sandpipers & 2 Dunlin.

Burbage: 24 Waxwings in The Ridgeway, mid afternoon.

Watermead CP South: pair of Red-crested Pochards still.

Monday 8th

Cossington Meadows: drake Garganey, Rectory Marsh.

Barrow upon Soar: Siberian Chiffchaff still at the sewage works.

Lockington GP: 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Swithland Res: 2 Swallows.

Sunday 7th

Barrow upon Soar: Siberian Chiffchaff still at the sewage works and singing, also at least 2 nominate Chiffchaffs. Limited parking by the sewage works on Flesh Hovel Lane (off Barrow Road, SK562180) or park at nearby Pillings Lock Marina. Click here for map.

Eyebrook Res: adult Iceland Gull south of the island at 15:00 + 1 Yellow Wagtail this morning, 1 Swallow & 8 Sand Martins at the north end mid-afternoon.

Bardon Hill: Black Redstart this morning.

Rutland Water: Grey Plover & 3 Dunlin, Lagoon 4; 2 Willow Warblers behind Dunlin hide; 6 Bramblings, Egleton Meadows; 6 Swallows, Lagoon 3; 20 Sand Martins, Lagoon 4.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: male Wheatear & White Wagtail.

Charley Mill: male Wheatear this morning, also Brambling nearby at Warren Hills.

Cossington Meadows: 3 Sand Martins, Tern Pool this afternoon.

Watermead CP South: 2 Red-crested Pochards.

Lockington GP: White Wagtail, 15 Bramblings & 4 Green Sandpipers.

Hallaton: Green Sandpiper in stream just west of school football pitch.

Leicester: 4 Waxwings, Narborough Road near junction with Fullhurst Avenue.

Migrant Chiffchaffs at several sites today, also LRPs back at breeding sites. A reminder that no information will be given on this site about any scarce breeding birds during the spring/summer - this includes LRP, Hobby, Nightingale, and sadly these days Turtle Dove, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Willow Tit. Please also remember to be careful who you tell about locations of such species, and to remain alert for any suspicious behaviour. The threat of egg collectors unfortunately remains very real.

Saturday 6th

Barrow upon Soar: Siberian Chiffchaff still at the sewage works and singing this morning.

Rutland Water: 6 Kittiwakes off the dam this morning; Bittern & 3 Smew, Lagoon 3.

Lockington GP: 2 House Martins through this morning.

Lyddington: 1 Swallow.

Shawell A5 Lagoons: 1st-winter Iceland Gull.

Hinckley: c20 Waxwings this morning, outside 250 Ashby Road at 10:15.

Friday 5th

Rutland Water: 2 Swallows & female Red-breasted Merganser, North arm; 3 Scaup & 3 redhead Smew, Lagoon 3; 4 Bramblings, Egleton Meadows.

Thursday 4th

Rutland Water: 2 Avocets, Lagoon 4.

Wednesday 3rd

Thornton Res: adult Kittiwake briefly at 18:15, then flew north-east.

Barrow upon Soar: Siberian Chiffchaff still at the sewage works.

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver off Whitwell, also 1 House Martin.

Tuesday 2nd

Barrow upon Soar: Siberian Chiffchaff still at the sewage works - along the north side this afternoon from the public footpath.

Rutland Water: Hawfinch again behind Redshank hide; 2 Jack Snipes still Lagoon 3 + Sand Martin & 4 Smew; Whooper Swan briefly in North arm then flew east, also Long-tailed Duck still; Slav & Black-necked Grebes, South Arm 3.

Swithland Res: Osprey flew north late morning.

Stoughton Airfield: male Wheatear on the south side, opposite the layby with the water trough.

Monday 1st

Barrow upon Soar: Siberian Chiffchaff still at the sewage works.

Rutland Water: Hawfinch, Redshank hide; Jack Snipe, Lagoon 3; Slav & Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: drake Smew & Jack Snipe this morning.