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Knot,
Eyebrook Res
3rd November 2015
© Pete Dams

NOVEMBER 2015

Monday 30th

Eyebrook Res: Common (Mealy) Redpoll with Siskins & Lesser Redpolls near the Leicestershire and Rutland road signs just west of the bridge at the inflow, late morning. Also 2+ Bramblings with Chaffinch flock along the road between the hide & the island, Slav Grebe still north of the island & 7 Dunlin at the inflow.

Sunday 29th

Eyebrook Res: Slav Grebe still north of the island.

Saturday 28th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, Slav Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes, drake Smew & 3 female Scaup, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Slav Grebe now at the island, also drake Smew still.

Friday 27th

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe + 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: drake Smew north of the island; 30+ Dunlin at the inflow.

Thursday 26th

Eyebrook Res: drake Smew off the island.

Rutland Water: redhead Smew, Lagoon 3 + Great White Egret still, Egleton reserve.

Thornton Res: Black-necked Grebe reported.

Enderby: 2 Bramblings at the Police HQ.

Wednesday 25th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, 2 Slav Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes, Knot, drake Red-crested Pochard, female Scaup & 15 Dunlin, North Arm; Great Northern Diver off Whitwell; Great White Egret & pair of Stonechats, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: Slav Grebe still off Stoke Dry + 25 Dunlin.

Thornton Res: female Common Scoter still.

Tuesday 24th

Rutland Water: redhead Smews, South Arm 3 & Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe, 2 Slav Grebes, Black-necked Grebe & drake Red-crested Pochard, North Arm; Knot, Lagoon 3; 1+ Great White Egret around the Egleton reserve; male Stonechat, Harrier hide & 40+ Dunlin around the reservoir.

Eyebrook Res: Slav Grebe still off Stoke Dry car park, also 4 Whooper Swans (3 adults) opposite at midday, & 25 Dunlin.

Thornton Res: female Common Scoter still.

Monday 23rd

Eyebrook Res: Slav Grebe still off Stoke Dry car park.

Cossington Meadows: an escaped Harris' Hawk (a largely South American species) has been in the area for several months now, and has been reported as various raptor species including Marsh Harrier today. Several photos here if you're not sure what a Harris' Hawk looks like. Please bear this in mind if an unusual bird of prey is seen in the Cossington/Sileby area (or anywhere else for that matter - it's a very common species in captivity and frequently escapes).

Sunday 22nd

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret at the island; Slav Grebe still off Stoke Dry car park, also 4 Dunlin.

Rutland Water: 2 Slav Grebes & Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm.

Albert Village Lake: 3 adult Whooper Swans briefly, also 2 drake Red-crested Pochards.

Thornton Res: female Common Scoter between the car park & the fishing lodge.

Cossington Meadows: 2 Short-eared Owls still.

Saturday 21st

Eyebrook Res: Slav Grebe still off Stoke Dry car park, also 5 Goosanders & 15 Dunlin.

Swithland Res: Whooper Swan & female Scaup, north side; Pink-footed Goose, south side.

Cossington Meadows: 2 Short-eared Owls still.

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe, North Arm; 3 Dunlin, Lagoon 1

Friday 20th

Eyebrook Res: Slav Grebe off Stoke Dry car park, also drake Red-crested Pochard, female Goosander & 16 Dunlins.

Stanford Res: 2 Kittiwakes this afternoon.

Rutland Water: 2 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm.

Cossington Meadows: 2 Short-eared Owls from 15:00.

Thursday 19th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver still between Whitwell & the dam; 2 Great White Egrets still around Egleton reserve.

Wednesday 18th

Cossington Meadows: 3 Short-eared Owls again this evening.

Monday 16th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver still off the dam, at the Sykes Lane end.

Cossington Meadows: 3 Short-eared Owls this evening.

Outwoods: 12+ Bramblings.

Sunday 15th

Rutland Water: juvenile Great Northern Diver off the dam; Red-necked, Slav & 2 Black-necked Grebes all still in North Arm, also 2 Great White Egrets still around.

Friday 13th

Market Harborough: Short-eared Owl at Clack Hill (SP752868) at 12:45.

Thursday 12th

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe, South Arm 2; Black-tailed Godwit, Manton Bay.

Swithland Res: female Scaup still on the north side.

Bradgate Park: 2 Bramblings south over the war memorial this morning.

Tuesday 10th

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe, North Arm off the end of road past Fishponds Cottage, also 2 Black-necked Grebes further up the North Arm between Barnsdale Tea Rooms & Hambleton Peninsula.

Broughton Astley: 2 juvenile Whooper Swans flew south this morning.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Dunlin at the inflow + drake Aythya hybrid (most likely Scaup x Tufted Duck) close offshore just NW of the Fishing Lodge. NB this bird is very Scaup-like, but is barely bigger than a Tufted Duck and has rather coarse vermiculations on the mantle and a pale band on the bill behind the black nail.

Sunday 8th

Cossington Meadows: 1 Short-eared Owl still this evening.

Swithland Res: female Scaup still on the north side.

Saturday 7th

Cossington Meadows; 1 Short-eared Owl this morning.

Cropston Res: 2 Green Sandpipers at the dam.

Friday 6th

Rutland Water: Water Pipit flew west past Lyndon Visitor Centre this afternoon, also Red-necked Grebe & Slav Grebe, South Arm 2; 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm, 2 Great White Egrets still (Lagoon 2/Heron Bay) & 16 Red-crested Pochards around the reservoir.

Cossington Meadows: 2 Short-eared Owls this evening.

Swithland Res: female/imm Scaup still on the north side.

Thursday 5th

Swithland Res: female/imm Common Scoter & Scaup both still on the north side.

Rutland Water: 1 Great White Egret, South Arm 3.

Wednesday 4th

Cossington Meadows: 3 Short-eared Owls this evening.

Swithland Res: female/imm Common Scoter + female/imm Scaup both still on the north side.

Rutland Water: Knot at the dam.

Tuesday 3rd

Eyebrook Res: Knot at the inflow, on the Rutland side, also male Stonechat & 6 Dunlin.

Cossington Meadows: 2 Short-eared Owls, Swan Meadow this evening.

Swithland Res: female/imm Common Scoter on the north side.

Cropston Res: Green Sandpiper at the inflow.

Monday 2nd

No news received for today (fog!)

Sunday 1st

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret flew south over the island at 11:20 but didn't land,also 5 Dunlin at the inflow and 2 Aythya hybrids in the Tufted/Pochard flock.

Leighfield: 1st-winter female Ring Ouzel this morning at SK824031, also 12+ Bramblings.

Cossington Meadows: 1 Short-eared Owl this evenin over the Moor/Lower Marsh.

Waltham on the Wolds: 1 Short-eared Owl again along the minor road to Garthorpe at 15:00.

Stanford Res: Great White Egret all afternoon.

Bradgate Park: Merlin near the war memorial this morning, also 3 Stonechats, & 16 Bramblings flew south.