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Ring Ouzel
Warren Hills
30th March 2017
© Paul Burton

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Hen Harrier
Eyebrook Res
19th March 2017
© Geof Royle

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Bonaparte's Gull
Swithland Res
12th March 2017
© Steve Mathers

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Bonaparte's Gull
Swithland Res
12th March 2017
© Chris Lythall
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Bittern
Eyebrook Res
4th March 2017
© Stuart King

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Bittern
Eyebrook Res
4th March 2017
© John Turner


MARCH 2017

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.

 

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