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Cattle Egret,
Rutland Water
11th November 2014
© Rod Baker

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Juvenile Pink-footed Goose,
Eyebrook Res
11th November 2014
© Pete Dams

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Whooper Swans,
Eyebrook Res
5th November 2014
© Pete Dams

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Snow Bunting,
Rutland Water
3rd November 2014
© Chris Lythall

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Rock Pipit,
Longmoor Lake
2nd November 2014
© Rhys Dandy


NOVEMBER 2014

Sunday 30th

Theddingworth: possible Rough-legged Buzzard reported between Lubenham and Theddingworth this afternoon, and still there at 16:10, although NB one observer reported a Common Buzzard with a white tail base in the same area.

Eyebrook Res: female Ring-necked Duck (presumed last winter's returning individual) off the Plantation shore this afternoon, near the willows where the Cormorants roost. Probably visible distantly from the road on the opposite bank; NB access to the Plantation for LROS/RNHS members only. Also 2 adult Whooper Swans, 2 Pink-footed Geese with the Greylags + 6 Dunlin at the inflow.

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, North Arm, also 6 Common Scoters & 2 Black-necked Grebes. 2 European White-fronted Geese & juv Greenland White-front in field by Lagoon 8 this afternoon, then flew towards Manton Bay.

Leighfield: Bewick's Swan flew south-east at 08:05.

Saturday 29th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Lagoon 1; Red-necked Grebe, Lagoon 3.

Shoby: Short-eared Owl flew west at 15:10.

Friday 28th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Dickinson's Bay; juv Greenland White-fronted Goose with Greylags in field opposite Lagoon 7, viewed from the cycle track.

Eyebrook Res: redhead Smew off Stoke Dry car park.

Longmoor Lake: 2 Stonechats.

Wednesday 26th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret & Black-necked Grebe, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Dunlin.

Tuesday 25th

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets & 1 Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, Lagoon 3; Long-tailed Duck, South Arm 3; Black-necked Grebe & Med Gull (roosted), South Arm 1; 14 Dunlin, South Arm 2; 2 Scaup, South Arm, between Sailing Club bay and Berrybuts Spinneys.

Monday 24th

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, 2 Black-necked Grebes & Slav Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, Lagoon 3; Black-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; juv Greenland White-fronted Goose, Manton Bay; Green Sandpiper, Fishponds.

Sunday 23rd

Rutland Water: Great White Egret & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Ellistown Pit: Jack Snipe flushed from bank this morning.

Saturday 22nd

Priory Water: Great White Egret flew west at c.11:00; looked for at Kirby Lakes and Frisby GP, but no further sign.

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, North Arm this morning; Red-necked Grebe, Lagoon 3.

QE2 Diamond Jubilee Wood, Normanton-le-Heath: Short-eared Owl again from 16:10 - from the car park head east and view plantations 1966 & 1967 from the derelict barn. Also 4 Stonechats there.

Hicks Lodge: 1 Stonechat.

Friday 21st

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, Slav Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes & 5 Red-crested Pochards, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & 2 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; juv Greenland White-fronted Goose, Manton Bay.

Thursday 20th

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, Slav Grebe & 1+ Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, Lagoon 3.

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Park, Normanton-le-Heath: Short-eared Owl hunting from 14:00; came down near the lake at 14:45 and then no further sign. Also 3 Stonechats.

Wednesday 19th

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, Slav Grebe & 1+ Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & Bittern, Lagoon 3.

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Park, Normanton-le-Heath: Short-eared Owl hunting just beyond the car park from 15:00, and then over plantation 1967.

Tuesday 18th

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, North Arm, also juv Greenland White-fronted Goose still with Greylags, Slav Grebe, and 2 Black-necked Grebes, Dickinon's Bay.

Eyebrook Res: juv Pink-footed Goose still off Stoke Dry car park; 2 Stonechats at the inflow.

Monday 17th

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe, Lagoon 3; Long-tailed Duck, South Arm 3 (Lapwing hide); Slav Grebe, North Arm.

Sunday 16th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still, Lagoon 3; Great White Egret, Slav Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Long-tailed Duck & drake Scaup, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: no sign of Great Northern Diver today. Juv Pink-footed Goose still with Greylags off Stoke Dry; 2 Stonechats & 7 Dunlin at the inflow.

Watermead CP North: Marsh Harrier flew towards Watermead Birstall at 14:00.

Saturday 15th

Eyebrook Res: Great Northern Diver off the dam this afternoon, then headed towards Stoke Dry, also adult Med Gull at the island early afternoon.

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets still in Burley Fishponds this afternoon.

Friday 14th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still, Lagoon 3; Great White Egret, Slav Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; probable adult Baltic Gull, Lagoon 4 this evening.

Eyebrook Res: juv Pink-footed Goose still + 3 Dunlin.

Thursday 13th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, Lagoon 3 (considered different to the recent bird at the dam); juv Greenland White-fronted Goose with Greylags, North Arm, also 2 Great White Egrets still, Slav Grebe, Long-tailed Duck & 2 Black-necked Grebes.

Wednesday 12th

Rutland Water: No reports of Cattle Egret today. Great White Egret, Long-tailed Duck, Slav Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes & 8 Red-crested Pochards; 2nd Great White Egret & 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 1.

Measham: Swift sp watched for several minutes with the naked eye at Measham Pit crossroads, early afternoon, but no further sign.

Swithland Res: juv male Scaup on north side.

Tuesday 11th

Rutland Water: Cattle Egret, Lagoon 1 till c11:30, when it flew off behind Brown's Island. Later seen 'on private land' near the tip of the Hambleton Peninsula at 12:45. Great White Egret still Fishponds. late morning, also Slav Grebe, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Pink-footed Goose still, 1 Ruff & 11 Dunlin.

Albert Village Lake: possible/probable adult Baltic Gull again this afternoon, then flew towards the tip.

Monday 10th

Rutland Water: female Long-tailed Duck, North Arm, also 2 Black-necked Grebes & 13+ Red-crested Pochards, but no sign of Great Northern Diver. Great White Egret, Fishponds; Stonechat, Lagoon 1; 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 3.

Sunday 9th

Kirby Lakes: 4 Bearded Tits along the main path through the fishing lakes, but flew off high mid-morning.

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets still, Burley Fishponds; 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Black-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; drake Scaup, Old Hall.

Eyebrook Res: juv Pink-footed Goose still with Greylags; 3 Stonechats, 1 Ruff & 14 Dunlin at the inflow.

Saturday 8th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver, North Arm, also both Great White Egrets, Burley Fishponds this morning (only one there this evening).

Friday 7th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret still, Lagoons 1 & 2.

Thursday 6th

Eyebrook Res: 3 Stonechats & 18 Dunlin at the inflow, also 6 Red-crested Pochards.

Wednesday 5th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Burley Fishponds; 2 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Red-crested Pochards & 2 Green Sandpipers, North Arm; 2 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Whooper Swans (2 adults & 4 juveniles, but different birds to last week's), 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Ruff, 14 Dunlin & 2 Stonechats, inflow.

Tuesday 4th

There is currently an influx of Rough-legged Buzzards occurring in the UK, and it is likely that we will get some in Leics & Rutland before too long. So look out for them, but be aware of the occurrence of pale-headed and/or white-tailed Common Buzzards, which are a pitfall for the unwary and frequently claimed as Rough-legs! There is a good identification video on the BTO website here.

Rutland Water: Great White Egret still, Lagoon 1.

Charnwood Lodge: 2 Stonechats.

Monday 3rd

Rutland Water: male Snow Bunting this afternoon on rocks along the Green Bank between Old Hall and the portaloo in the fishermen's car park. Great White Egret, Lagoon 1, then flew to South Arm; at least 1 Bittern, Lagoon 3 late afternoon; Rock Pipit reported from Goldeneye hide with Meadow Pipits; 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Red-crested Pochards & Green Sandpiper, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Ruff & 11 Dunlin at the inflow.

Late news for last Friday 31st October (not Thursday as originally Tweeted): a juvenile Long-tailed Skua was seen by a worker on the Exton Estate between Fort Henry Ponds and Horn Mill, then later found dead. More details here. This is the 4th record for Leics & Rutland.

Sunday 2nd

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still off the dam.

Leire: 2 Short-eared Owls flew south at 11:05.

Market Harborough: Short-eared Owl over western end of Farndon Fields development at 13:30, and through to have landed.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Stonechats, Ruff, 2 Ringed Plovers & 8 Dunlin at the inflow; Green Sandpiper north of the island.

Longmoor Lake: 2 Stonechats still, but no sign of Rock Pipit.

Stanford Res: female Common Scoter, then flew off west, also 17 Red-crested Pochards.

Saturday 1st

Longmoor Lake: Rock Pipit in ditch parallel with footpath around the lake, also 2 Stonechats.

Hicks Lodge: 2 Stonechats around the main pool.