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Adult Bewick's Swan,
Eyebrook Res
27th October 2015
© Pete Dams

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American Golden Plover,
Eyebrook Res
23rd October 2015
© Pete Dams

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American Golden Plover,
Eyebrook Res
23rd October 2015
© Pete Dams

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Adult Whooper Swan,
Eyebrook Res
14th October 2015
© Andy Mackay

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Adult Whooper Swan,
Eyebrook Res
14th October 2015
© John Turner

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Juv Spoonbill,
Eyebrook Res
13th October 2015
© John Turner

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Juv Spoonbill,
Eyebrook Res
7th October 2015
© Paul Riddle

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Juv Spoonbill,
Eyebrook Res
1st October 2015
© Pete Dams

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Juv Spoonbill,
Eyebrook Res
1st October 2015
© Andy Mackay

OCTOBER 2015

Saturday 31st

Waltham on the Wolds: 2 Short-eared Owls along the minor road to Garthorpe, near the TV mast at 15:00.

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

Swithland Res: female Scaup on the north side.

Friday 30th

Rutland Water: Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Pink-footed Geese & 3 Red-crested Pochards, North Arm.

Cossington Meadows: Short-eared Owl again over Swan Meadow/Lower Marsh/the Moor this evening (also 2 birds present on the 28th).

Eyebrook Res: 10 Dunlin.

Thursday 29th

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

Eyebrook Res: no sign of American Golden Plover all day. 8 Dunlin at the inflow.

Wednesday 28th

Eyebrook Res: adult American Golden Plover still at the inflow this morning, but not seen in the afternoon..

Tuesday 27th

Eyebrook Res: 2 adult Bewick's Swans at the inflow this afternoon, also adult American Golden Plover still, Black-tailed Godwit & 2 Dunlin, and 6 Red-crested Pochards (3 drakes) off Stoke Dry car park.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm, also female Merlin flew through.

Cossington Meadows: Short-eared Owl this evening, flying around the Swan Meadow/Moor area.

Swithland Res: Garganey still on the south side.

Monday 26th

Eyebrook Res: adult American Golden Plover still at the inflow.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm, off Barnsdale.

Thornton Res: 3 juvenile Scaup.

Burton Lazars: Jack Snipe at Burton Flats.

Sunday 25th

Eyebrook Res: adult American Golden Plover flew in at 09:25, then at the inflow till 16:45 at least.

Swithland Res: Garganey still on the south side.

Bradgate Park: Rock Pipit south and Crossbill north over the War Memorial this morning.

Castle Donington: Short-eared Owl between Willow Farm and the A50 roundabout this morning.

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

Saturday 24th

Eyebrook Res: adult American Golden Plover at the inflow from 09:50 - 10:15 only, then again from 16:30 - dusk.

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

Friday 23rd

Eyebrook Res: adult American Golden Plover still, either at the inflow (where it was this evening) or with Golden Plovers in a field c1km to the west of the inflow, south of the B664 at c. SK835968. Also Stonechat at the bridge & female Red-crested Pochard off Stoke Dry car park.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes still off Barnsdale; Great White Egret, Heron Bay.

Thursday 22nd

Eyebrook Res: adult American Golden Plover (2nd County record) at the inflow till dusk, also 1 Dunlin, and 1st-summer/2nd-winter Med Gull this morning. No sign of Brent Goose today.

Swithland Res: Garganey on the south side from the road bridge.

Photos of the AGP on Matthew Berriman's flickr page.

Wednesday 21st

Eyebrook Res: Brent Goose at the inflow near the tern rafts (not the Fishing Lodge as previously reported).

Tuesday 20th

Thurmaston: Short-eared Owl flew north-east over Barkby Thorpe Road at 15:00.

Rutland Water: Great White Egret still, South Arm.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Black-tailed Godwits & 2 Dunlin, but no sign of Spoonbill today (because it's gone to Summer Leys in Northants!).

Saddington Res: Osprey reported flyingover this morning.

Monday 19th

Rutland Water: Great Grey Shrike, Lagoon 1, on Brown's Island late afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: juv Spoonbill still + 1 Dunlin.

Also a few Bramblings around today, including c20 at a famr near Eastwell.

Sunday 18th

Eyebrook Res: juv Spoonbill still, also Jack Snipe flushed from the Rutland bank by cows mid morning, Rock Pipit calling at the inflow, 2 Stonechats at the bridge and drake Tufted x Pochard still present.

Watermead CP South: Short-eared Owl circling at 10:45.

Rutland Water: Great White Egrets, Lagoon 1 & Heron Bay; 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Saturday 17th

Evington: Yellow-browed Warbler still at Shady Lane Arboretum near the bridge, calling occasionally.

Rutland Water: 2 Bearded Tits again on Lagoon 3, + 2 Bitterns, also Garganey still, Manton Bay.

Eyebrook Res: juv Spoonbill still, also 1 Dunlin and an Aythya hybrid which superficially resembles a drake Scaup, but has too much black on the bill tip, and mantle too dark grey.

Luffenham Airfield: 2 Stonechats.

Friday 16th

Leighfield Fishponds: Glossy Ibis at 08:00, then flew north.

Evington: Yellow-browed Warbler still at Shady Lane Arboretum near the bridge, calling occasionally.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & juv Scaup off Old Hall; Great White Egret & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: juv Spoonbill still + 2 Dunlin at the inflow; 2 Stonechats from the bridge.

Cossington Meadows: 2 Stonechats, Upper Marsh/Tern Pool area.

Thursday 15th

Hungarton: Great Grey Shrike in hedgerow c400 yards east of the Black Boy pub, then flew west and was lost to view.

Rutland Water: 2 Bearded Tits heard again, Lagoon 3, also Bittern; Great White Egret, Lgoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: 3 adult Whooper Swans till 08:35 when they flew off east (different birds to yesterday's two), also juv Spoonbill still.

Wednesday 14th

Swepstone: Yellow-browed Warbler at Tempe Farm this morning, with tit flock past the house along the bridle path which runs north-east from the minor road about half a mile WNW of the village. No sign this afternoon from 14:30 till dusk.

Evington: Yellow-browed Warbler still at Shady Lane Arboretum, but as elusive as ever.

Eyebrook Res: 2 adult Whooper Swans at the inflow this afternoon, also the juv Spoonbill still, 2 Stonechats at the bridge & 1 Dunlin.

Leighfield: c60 Pink-footed Geese flew south-west at 08:25, also 3 Bramblings over & 1 Stonechat.

Also lots of Redwings around this morning, and a few Fieldfares.

Tuesday 13th

Evington: Yellow-browed Warbler still at Shady Lane Arboretum, seen well once this afternoon, but otherwise elusive as usual.

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, South Arm 3; Bittern, Lagoon 3; Rock Pipit on the dam; Garganey, Manton Bay; 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 2 Scaup, Whitwell; Stonechat, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: juv Spoonbill still, also 2 Stonechats from the bridge.

Monday 12th

Evington: Yellow-browed Warbler still at Shady Lane Arboretum, calling occasionally.

Rutland Water: 2 Bearded Tits heard near Bittern hide, Lagoon 3 this morning.

Eyebrook Res: Rock Pipit at the inflow, also juv Spoonbill still & 2 Stonechats.

Leighfield Fishponds: Rock Pipit flew west at 08:50, aslo 3+ Fieldfares & a few Redwings.

Watermead CP North: Marsh Harrier near the Hope & Anchor pub at 15:00 then flew towards Cossington.

Sunday 11th

Evington: Yellow-browed Warbler still at Shady Lane Arboretum, near the bridge, but very elusive.

Eyebrook Res: juv Spoonbill still at the inflow.

Swithland Res: Rock Pipit on the dam this morning but mobile, also Green Sandpiper.

Bradgate Park: Crossbill flew south over the war memorial; nearby 2 Green Sandpipers, Cropston Res.

Saturday 10th

Quorn: Nightjar flight call heard twice at 19:10 in Chaveney Road (Iain Tidmarsh).

Evington: Yellow-browed Warbler still at Shady Lane Arboretum, near the bridge, but very elusive - only heard calling a few times during the day and not definitely seen at all.

Whetstone: probable Richard's Pipit heard calling as it flew south this morning (Neil Hagley).

Eyebrook Res: juv Spoonbill still, also a late Whinchat at the north end this morning, 1+ Stonechat & 2 Dunlin.

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Lagoon 2; Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall.

South Wigston: Green Sandpiper on River Sence off Bush Lock Close.

Friday 9th

Evington: Yellow-browed Warbler calling this morning at Shady Lane Arboretum, near the bridge, about half way between the car park and St Denys Church (Colin Towe). Also heard calling this afternoon, but not seen at all.

Eyebrook Res: juv Spoonbill still, also Jack Snipe showing well (but distantly) along the inflow stream from the Rutland bank till 14:00, 2nd-winter Med Gull & 3 Stonechats.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still off Old Hall; 2 Great White Egrets & Garganey, Manton Bay; 2 Black-necked Grebes off Barnsdale & female Scaup, Whitwell.

Bradgate Park: Short-eared Owl near Old John at 10:30.

Thursday 8th

Eyebrook Res: juv Spoonbill still, also 2 Stonechats & 1 Dunlin.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 1; 2 Great White Egrets, Manton Bay.

Burton Lazars: 2 Wheatears at Burton Flats.

Quorn: no sign or sound of Yellow-browed Warbler today.

Wednesday 7th

Quorn: Yellow-browed Warbler seen & heard calling at the end of Castledine Avenue, where the footpath goes round behind some garages, at 17:00 (John Hague), and heard again later. With the huge numbers on the east coast recently, there will undoubtedly be many more of these passing through the county in the next few weeks. They are most likely to be found by hearing the call, which is very distinctive and unlike anything else (although I did hear recently of a Great Tit mimicking one, so you need to see it as well!). If you're not familiar with it, this is a good example: http://www.xeno-canto.org/279160

Eyebrook Res: juv Spoonbill still at the inflow, late afternoon, also 3 Dunlin.

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets still, also 2 Redwings over.

Shepshed: 6 Redwings flew south this morning.

Tuesday 6th

Eyebrook Res: juv Spoonbill still at the inflow but no sign of the Jack Snipe this evening.

Monday 5th

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret from the bridge at 09:35, but no further sign, also juv Spoonbill still around but mobile again due to shooting disturbance. Jack Snipe again from the bridge late afternoon, also 2 Stonechats at the inflow.

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, Wet Meadow; 2 Black-necked Grebes still, Barnsdale, but no sign of Red-necked Grebe today.

Luffenham Airfield: Stonechat & Wheatear.

Sunday 4th

Eyebrook Res: juvenile Spoonbill still at the inflow, also Jack Snipe at the bridge, 2 juv Little Stints & 2 Stonechats.

Rutland Water: Bittern Lagoon 3.

Hicks Lodge: 1 Wheatear.

Bittesby: 1 Stonechat.

Saturday 3rd

Eyebrook Res: juvenile Spoonbill still, but mobile due to disturbance, first from shooting and then from an idiot flying a few feet above the water in a stupid motorised hang glider thing. Also 1+ Stonechat & 1 Ruff still.

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Lagoon 1; 2 Scaup, Lagoon 3; Red-necked Grebe still off the dam; 2 Black-necked Grebes still off Barnsdale, also unconfirmed report of 3 Bearded Tits from Snipe hide.

Little Stretton: Whinchat still along the River Sence.

Friday 2nd

Eyebrook Res: juvenile Spoonbill still at the inflow, also 2 Stonechats & 1 Ruff.

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, Heron Bay; Red-necked Grebe at the dam; 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 2 Scaup, Whitwell.

Bradgate Park: ringtail harrier sp seen distantly from the war memorial at 08:00, flying south over Copt Oak/Markfield. Also Crossbill north & 3 Redwings south.

Little Stretton: Whinchat along the River Sence.

Thursday 1st

Eyebrook Res: juvenile Spoonbill at the inflow, present till dusk. Also 2 Stonechats (near the Cormorant posts) & 1 Ruff.

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 1; Bittern, Lagoon 3; 2 Stonechats, Snipe hide; Greenshank, Wet Meadow: Ruff, South Arm 3 + Marsh Harrier flew towards lagoons again this morning.

Stanford Res: Avocet briefly this afternoon before flying off east.

Charnwood Lodge: 20+ Redwing/Fieldfares flew over this morning.