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Whooper Swan,
Watermead CP South
29th February 2012
© Mark Skevington

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Short-eared Owl,
Hicks Lodge
28th February 2012
© Peter Monahan

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Whooper Swan,
Watermead CP South
28th February 2012
© Donald Talbott

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Short-eared Owl,
Hallaton
21st February 2012
© John Turner

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Bittern (with vole),
Eyebrook Res
14th February 2012
© Pete Dams

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Bittern,
Watermead CP North
14th February 2012
© Rod Baker

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Bittern,
Eyebrook Res
14th February 2012
© John Turner

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Tundra Bean Goose,
Wanlip North Lakes
4th February 2012
© Richard Bayldon

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Tundra Bean Goose,
Wanlip North Lakes
4th February 2012
© Colin Green

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Tundra Bean Goose,
Wanlip North Lakes
4th February 2012
© Colin Green

FEBRUARY 2012

Wednesday 29th

Blackbrook Res: Tundra Bean Goose this morning, from the bridge at the inflow (SK464170); still present this afternoon, but very distant.

Shawell A5 pool: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull early afternoon, then flew towards the tip.

Albert Village Lake: adult Iceland Gull this afternoon.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: 2 Rock Pipits this afternoon, on the eastern side till 17:00 at least.

Rutland Water: 2 Avocets, Lapwing hide (later on Lagoon 1), also 4 Smew, 78 Dunlin & 2 Ringed Plovers; 4 Bewick's Swans still, Lagoon 1; Green Sandpiper & Ringed Plover, Lagoon 3.

Watermead CP South: juv Whooper Swan still + pair of Red-crested Pochards.

Eyebrook Res: Knot at the inflow end + 7 Dunlin, also 2 drake Smew still.

Hallaton: 7 Short-eared Owls off Goadby Road this afternoon.

Buddon Brook: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker along footpath between Quorn & Swithland Res waterworks grounds.

Swithland Wood: 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers this morning.

Tuesday 28th

Watermead CP South: juv/1st-winter Whooper Swan still off the car park.

Rutland Water: Bittern, Lagoon 3.

Albert Village Lake: adult Iceland Gull this afternoon.

Cossington Meadows: 2 Short-eared Owls mid afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Ringed Plovers & 1 Dunlin.

Hicks Lodge: 1+ Short-eared Owl still.

Monday 27th

Watermead CP South: juv/1st-winter Whooper Swan off the car park.

Albert Village Lake: adult Med Gull this afternoon.

Sunday 26th

Rutland Water: 9 Smew, Lapwing hide; 3 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 2 drake Smew (1 off Holyoaks, 1 south of the island), also 2 Ringed Plovers & 2 Dunlin.

Burrows Wood, near Timberwood Hill: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker this morning (SK477147).

Saturday 25th

Rutland Water: 9 Smew, 28 Dunlin & 2 Ringed Plovers, South Arm 3; female Scaup & 3 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3.

Hallaton: 3 Short-eared Owls off the Goadby Road this evening.

Burton Lazars: 3 Short-eared Owls this evening.

Friday 24th

Rutland Water: Bittern & 3 Green Sandpiper, Lagoon 3; 10 Smew, female Scaup & 30+ Dunlin, Lapwing hide.

Hallaton: 5 Short-eared Owls late afternoon, also 1 Merlin.

Cossington Meadows: 3 Short-eared Owls this afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: drake Smew south of the island.

Reported Great White Egret near Stanford Hall yesterday has been identified as an albinistic/leucistic Grey Heron on photographic evidence.

Thursday 23rd

Rutland Water: 2 Bitterns, Lagoon 3 this evening; adult Med Gull, Lapwing hide.

Albert Village Lake: adult Glaucous Gull, early afternoon.

Hallaton: 3 Short-eared Owls off Goadby Road this morning, but no sign of any between 12:00 & 17:00.

Wednesday 22nd

Rutland Water: 4 Bewick's Swans still, Lagoon 1; 6 Smew & 2 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3; 9 Smew, 2 Ringed Plovers & 44 Dunlin, South Arm 3.

Tuesday 21st

Hicks Lodge: 2 Short-eared Owls this evening.

Eyebrook Res: drake Smew still off Holyoaks.

Directions for Hallaton Short-eared Owls (up to 14 birds reported recently):

In Hallaton, take the road along the northern edge of the village opposite the Fox Inn (North End - this becomes Goadby Road), and follow this west for about a mile until the end of the tarmac section (c. SP 770 971). Park here (do not block the road or gateways) and view the short grass field on the right. The owls have been seen at all times of day, with peaks of activity early morning and mid afternoon - dusk.

NB - the road is VERY narrow with hardly any passing places and lots of bends. Please drive slowly along it! Also, the fields where the owls hunt are strictly private - do not under any circumstances leave the road. Any reported instances of poor behaviour by birders/photographers at this site will lead to all further news being withheld.

Monday 20th

Rutland Water: Bittern still, Lagoon 3.

Sunday 19th

Rutland Water: Bittern, 10 Smew & 15 Scaup, Lagoon 3; 4 Bewick's Swans & 2 Short-eared Owls, Lagoon 1; 6 Smew, Black-tailed Godwit & Ruff, South Arm 3.

Hallaton: 10 Short-eared Owls off the Goadby Road this morning.

Saturday 18th

Eyebrook Res: drake Green-winged Teal & drake Smew still off Stoke Dry car park.

Rutland Water: 4 Bewick's Swans still, Lagoon 1; 10 Smew & 2 Scaup, Lagoon 3.

Friday 17th

Hicks Lodge: 4 Short-eared Owls this evening.

Thursday 16th

Swithland Res: 2 Bewick's Swans from the dam.

Burton Lazars: 5 Short-eared Owls this evening.

Wednesday 15th

Eyebrook Res: Green-winged Teal off Stoke Dry car park.

Rutland Water: Long-tailed Duck still, North Arm, off fishermen's car park.

Watermead CP North: no sign of any Bitterns today; redhead Smew on pit opposite the Hope & Anchor.

Tuesday 14th

Watermead CP North: 2 Bitterns from Crake hide this morning; one still showing early afternoon at least. Nearby, Tundra Bean Goose & 19 White-fronted Geese, Wanlip North Lakes.

Eyebrook Res: Bittern by the bridge over the inflow stream this afternoon. Nearby, 10 Short-eared Owls off the Goadby Road in Hallaton.

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe still off Normanton Church; 22 Smew, Lapwing hide + 5, North Arm.

Monday 13th

Rutland Water: Bittern, Lagoon 3 this afternoon; Common Redpoll, Fishponds.

Eyebrook Res: 3 White-fronted Geese at the north end, also drake Smew.

Swithland Wood: 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers on the north side of the main quarry (the one nearer the Bradgate Park end of the wood) this morning.

Sunday 12th

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe still off Normanton Church, also 31 Smew, 15 Scaup & 12 Red-crested Pochards on the Wildfowl Count today.

Albert Village Lake: adult Glaucous Gull this afternoon.

Wanlip North Lakes: Tundra Bean Goose & 18 White-fronted Geese still, also redhead Smew on the river (NB goose flock also visited Wanlip Meadows this afternoon).

Eyebrook Res: Green-winged Teal off Stoke Dry.

Burton Lazars: 4 Short-eared Owls this evening.

Cropston Res: no sign of yesterday's reported 3 drake Smew.

Saturday 11th

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe off Normanton Church; Long-tailed Duck, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Green-winged Teal from the hide. Nearby, 3 Short-eared Owls, Hallaton, off Goadby Road.

Cropston Res: report of 3 drake Smew.

Friday 10th

Shawell: 3rd-winter Iceland Gull on the lower lake this morning, plus adult Med Gull on the upper lake.

Burton Lazars: 2 Short-eared Owls this evening.

Thursday 9th

Rutland Water: Knot & Long-tailed Duck, North Arm; 4 Bewick's Swans still + Short-eared Owl, Lagoon 1.

Shawell: 3rd-winter Iceland Gull & adult Med Gull on A5 pool.

Wednesday 8th

Wanlip North Lakes: Tundra Bean Goose and 19 White-fronts still. See Wednesday 1st Feb below for directions.

Shawell: 3rd-winter Iceland Gull again on the upper balancing lake this morning.

Rutland Water: 4 Bewick's Swans still, Lagoon 1; Long-tailed Duck still, North Arm, also 16 Smew & 4 Short-eared Owls around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: Green-winged Teal south of the island.

Tuesday 7th

Wanlip North Lakes: Tundra Bean Goose, Pink-footed Goose and 14 White-fronted Geese still.

Eyebrook Res: Green-winged Teal west of the island, also 8 Smew. Nearby, 3 Short-eared Owls off the Goadby Road, Hallaton.

Burton Lazars: 3 Short-eared Owls.

Monday 6th

Wanlip North Lakes: Tundra Bean Goose, Pink-footed Goose and 17+ White-fronted Geese still.

Rutland Water: 2 Short-eared Owls, Lagoon 1; 6 Smew, North Arm.

Burton Lazars: 6 Short-eared Owls this evening.

Sunday 5th

Wanlip North Lakes: Tundra Bean Goose, Pink-footed Goose and 17 White-fronted Geese still, then flew south at 14:05.

Saturday 4th

Wanlip North Lakes: Tundra Bean Goose, Pink-footed Goose and 17 White-fronted Geese still.

Eyebrook Res: adult Iceland Gull from the hide for 5 minutes at 11:00, also 1st-winter Iceland Gull (same bird as Wednesday, with pale bill base) & Green-winged Teal south of the island early afternoon, also 8 Smew (4 drakes).

Friday 3rd

Syston: Tundra Bean Goose, Pink-foot and 17+ White-fronts in fields behind the Gate Hangs Well pub (SK628128); Bean Goose was still present at 16:30, but the White-fronts were flushed by a dog and flew towards Wanlip North Lakes at 15:55.

Rutland Water: 1st-winter Iceland Gull, Gadwall hide this afternoon, also 9 Smew.

Shawell: adult Med Gull on balancing lakes.

Thursday 2nd

Wanlip North Lakes: Tundra Bean Goose, 18 White-fronted Geese + 1 Pink-footed Goose still, till 14:05 when they were flushed (by a birder) and flew south. Please DO NOT leave the footpath or attempt to get closer to the goose flock - apart from risking flushing them, the entire area is private.

Eyebrook Res: 1st-winter Iceland Gull at the island this afternoon (NB - different bird to yesterday, paler, with all dark bill), then flew towards Rutland Water at 15:50. Also Green-winged Teal & 3 drake Smew. Nearby, 3 Short-eared Owls off the Goadby Road at Hallaton.

Rutland Water: 4 Bewick's Swans & 12 Dunlin, Lagoon 1; 2 drake Scaup & 5 Smew, Lagoon 3.

Beacon Hill: 12+ Bramblings at the top car park.

Wednesday 1st

Wanlip North Lakes: Tundra Bean Goose, 18 White-fronted Geese + 1 Pink-footed Goose still. Park at Cossington Meadows, walk back along the road towards Rothley, then cross over and take the footpath south at SK593128 and look ENE from SK595121. NB - there is no public access to this area other than along the marked footpath.

Eyebrook Res: 1st-winter Iceland Gull at the island briefly at 16:00, then flew towards Rutland Water. Also Green-winged Teal off Stoke Dry, Slav Grebe & 2 drake Smew still.

Shawell: 3rd-winter Iceland Gull on the main balancing lake again this morning.