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Tundra Bean Goose,
Rutland Water
21st October 2016
© Ian Merrill

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1st-winter Med Gull,
Albert Village Lake
2nd October 2016
© Ian Merrill

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Glossy Ibis,
Cossington Meadows
11th October 2016
© Tim Matthews

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Glossy Ibis,
Cossington Meadows
10th October 2016
© Stuart King

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Glossy Ibis,
Cossington Meadows
8th October 2016
© Alan Horsley

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Female Ruddy Duck,
Rutland Water
4th October 2016
© Andy Mackay

OCTOBER 2016

Monday 31st

Rutland Water: Water Pipit, Lagoon 3, but no sign of Purple Sandpiper in the North Arm.

Sunday 30th

Rutland Water: Purple Sandpiper, North Arm mid afternoon, but no sign later. Whimbrel, Ruddy Duck & 2 Black-necked Grebes there; Great Skua and Long-tailed Duck at the dam; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; 12 Whooper Swans over Lagoon 4 at 15:00

Swithland Res: Hooded Crow still in stubble fields near Rabbits Bridge.

Eyebrook Res: 11 Whooper Swans off Stoke Dry car park this afternoon.

Beacon Hill: 2 Bramblings in trees by the upper car park.

Saturday 29th

Swithland Res: Hooded Crow still in stubble fields near Rabbits Bridge - access along the track at the west end of the dam.

Rutland Water: juv Gannet still in the North Arm early afternoon at least, also 2 Black-necked Grebes & Whimbrel still , also Ringed Plover; Red-necked Grebe & Common Scoter, South Arm 3; 2 Great White Egrets around the reserve; 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1 & 10 Dunlin, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: Jack Snipe at the inflow (seen from both sides this afternoon, and was also present yesterday), also Rock Pipit, 3 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper. NB the latter bird has no tail, so appears 'short-tailed', but all other characters confirm that it is Common, not Spotted.

Friday 28th

Swithland Res: Hooded Crow on the north side, viewable from Kinchley Lane but mobile. Late afternoon it was in stubble fields west of the reservoir along Rushey Lane at SK552141.

Rutland Water: juvenile Gannet & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm Red-necked Grebe, Common Scoter & drake Scaup, South Arm 3; Water Pipit, Rock Pipit & 3 Great White Egrets, Egleton reserve; Long-tailed Duck still at the dam.

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh.

Hicks Lodge: 2 Stonechats.

Thursday 27th

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh.

Rutland Water: Great White Egret & Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3.

Deans Lane: 20 Bramblings.

Countesthorpe: possible female Merlin at the sewage works this afternoon.

Wednesday 26th

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh.

Rutland Water: 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm + 2 Great White Egrets on the reserve.

Deans Lane: 18 Bramblings around the watchpoint + a further 7 over.

Tuesday 25th

Loughborough: Yellow-browed Warbler calling on the University campus near the James France building at 17:00.

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh.

Rutland Water: Long-tailed Duck still at the dam; Whimbrel still, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 2 + 3 Great White Egrets on the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Stonechats at the inflow.

Monday 24th

Rutland Water: Tundra Bean Goose still with Greyalgs, North Arm, also Whimbrel & 2 Black-necked Grebes still. Red-necked Grebe, Teal hide (Lyndon).

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh, also Stonechat, Plover Meadow.

Deans Lane: 14 Bramblings.

Bradgate Park: 2 Stonechats.

Eyebrook: Stonechat at the inflow.

Sunday 23rd

Rutland Water: Tundra Bean Goose still with Greyalgs, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Rock Pipit again at the inflow, also Brambling in the plantation & Common Sandpiper.

Beacon Hill: 8+ Bramblings north-east of the summit.

Bradgate Park: 3 Bramblings over the war memorial this morning, also 3 Stonechats in the area & Green Sandpiper at Cropston Res.

Saturday 22nd

Rutland Water: Long-tailed Duck still off the dam, also female Common Scoter. 1+ Great White Egret, Egleton reserve, but no sign of Tundra Bean Goose today.

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh.

Friday 21st

Rutland Water: Tundra Bean Goose still, in fields between the North Arm and the A606 (grid ref SK 8911 0914 - click to see on a satellite view), also 2 Black-necked Grebes & Whimbrel still in North Arm; Long-tailed Duck at the dam & Great White Egret on the east side of the Hambleton Peninsula.

Eyebrook Res: Rock Pipit at the inflow.

Thursday 20th

Rutland Water: Tundra Bean Goose, North Arm, also 2 Whooper Swans; 12 Whooper Swans, South Arm 3; 2 Black-tailed Godwits & 2 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Whooper Swans this morning at least.

Bradgate Park: 3 Stonechats near the ruins.

Wednesday 19th

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh.

Rutland Water: drake Long-tailed Duck still at the south end of the dam; Great White Egret, Lagoon 3.

Beacon Hill: 8 Bramblings on the north side of the hill, 100 yards down past the wooden sculpture.

Tuesday 18th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still, South Arm 3; Whimbrel & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Longmoor Lake: 1 Stonechat.

Monday 17th

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh.

Sunday 16th

Evington: Yellow-browed Warbler calling this evening by the bus stop outside the City of Leicester College on Downing Drive.

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh, also Black-tailed Godwit, Upper Marsh & Stonechat, Plover Meadow.

Rutland Water: 3 Great White Egrets still around the lagoons; 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; drake Long-tailed Duck still at the dam.

Eyebrook Res: Rock Pipit near Stoke Dry car park, also 3 Stonechats & 1 Ruff at the inflow.

Thornton Res: juv Scaup still.

Wigston: Stonechat near Little Hill Locks.

Saturday 15th

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh.

Rutland Water: drake Long-tailed Duck still at the dam.

Friday 14th

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh.

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier at the inflow again this morning, also 3+ Stonechats.

Rutland Water: 2 Black-necked Grebes + Common Scoter, North Arm; 3 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 3.

Thursday 13th

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh.

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier at the inflow again at 10:45, also Stonechat.

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, 4 Ruff & Green Sandpiper, Manton Bay.

Wednesday 12th

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, Rectory Marsh, also Black-tailed Godwit, Upper Marsh.

Rutland Water: drake Long-tailed Duck still off the dam.

Oakthorpe Flashes: 1 Osprey.

Tuesday 11th

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, on Rectory Marsh this morning at least. Also Black-tailed Godwit & Green Sandpiper, Upper Marsh.

Rutland Water: Bittern, Lagoon 3 (no reports of Bearded Tits today, but management work taking place there); Red-necked Grebe & Great White Egret, South Arm 3; female Ruddy Duck & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Knot & 2 Dunlin on the spit on the south side of the island late afternoon.

Also some interesting antiquarian bird books added to the For Sale/Wanted page today.

Monday 10th

Bardon Hill: 3 Ring Ouzels on the Mound this morning, also Brambling, and a Hawfinch flew over.

Eyebrook Res: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still in the plantation this morning, heard calling and seen briefly in the same general area as yesterday, but not after 09:20 as far as I know. Also 1st-winter Little Gull, and 3 Stonechats at the inflow.

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, usually on Swan Meadow. Please keep to the footpaths on this LRWT reserve and do not cross the meadow to get closer to the bird. Also Jack Snipe Upper Marsh/Hobley Lake.

Melton CP: Ring Ouzel in field next to the stepping stones this morning.

Rutland Water: 6 Bearded Tits, Lagoon 3 (Bittern hide), but elusive, also Great White Egret & Marsh Harrier. Ruddy Duck, Black-necked Grebe & Whimbrel still, North Arm.

Sunday 9th

Bradgate Park: Lapland Bunting near the war memorial this morning with Meadow Pipits & Reed Buntings, then flew south. Also Brambling south, 5 Fieldfares west & Stonechat in the area.

Eyebrook Res: at least one Yellow-browed Warbler (probably 2) calling in the plantation this afternoon, about half a mile from the Stoke Dry car park gate, in dense area of elder, bramble & hawthorn near the tall pine trees, and in the willows and alders on the other (reservoir) side of the path. Also 2 Stonechats & 2 Ruff at the inflow.

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, on Swan Meadow most of the day.

Rutland Water: Long-tailed Duck, Rock Pipit & Wheatear at the dam; Bearded Tit & 3 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 3; female Ruddy Duck, Whimbrel, 2 Black-necked Grebes, Greenshank, Ruff, 2 Dunlin & 9 Ringed Plovers, North Arm; 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1. Nearby, 40 Pink-footed Geese flew over Oakham this morning.

Hicks Lodge: 1 Wheatear.

Saturday 8th

Bradgate Park: Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling and seen briefly in the copse near the war memorial this morning. That's five reported in the county so far this autumn; eight of the previous 12 records have been later than this, so there are surely more to be found. Can we get to double figures for the year?!

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis still, on Rectory Marsh this afternoon.

Rutland Water: male Long-tailed Duck still off the dam, also Rock Pipit & Wheatear + 6 Whooper Swans flew north-east.

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier at the inflow around 16:00, also Marsh Harrier in the morning & 2 Stonechats.

Thornton Res: juv Scaup & adult winter Med Gull.

Friday 7th

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis on Upper Marsh still.

Rutland Water: male Long-tailed Duck off the dam, also probable 1st-winter Lesser Scaup; Garganey & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Aylestone Meadows: Ring Ouzel with Redwings in the cattle fields south of Packhorse Bridge.

Melton Mowbray: 7 Bramblings flew east over Prior Close.

Thursday 6th

Cossington Meadows: Glossy Ibis on Upper Marsh.

Evington: Yellow-browed Warbler heard briefly in Delaware Road at 10:40, but no further sign or sound despite searching.

Beacon Hill: 5 Bramblings north-east of the summit.

Wednesday 5th

Rutland Water: 3 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 3.

Tuesday 4th

Sence Valley Forest Park: Yellow-browed Warbler still around Stonebridge Pool/Goss Water, but elusive.

Rutland Water: Rock Pipit, adult Little Gull, female Ruddy Duck, 2 Garganey, 2 Greenshanks & 2 Red-crested Pochards, North Arm; 4 Little Gulls, Lagoon 4, then 3.

Braunstone: 14 Pink-footed Geese flew east towards Braunstone Park at 14:30 (and probably the same flock heading over Birstall towards Wanlip about 10 minutes later).

Welby: 6 White-fronted Geese (2 adults); 3 still present at dusk.

Beacon Hill: 2 Bramblings north of the summit this morning.

Monday 3rd

Sence Valley Forest Park: Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling and seen briefly late afternoon; still present at 18:30 with Blue Tits and Goldcrests by the River Sence just north of Stonebridge Pool. NB car park closes at 16:00.

East Langton: probable Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling from sycamores and limes by the pool on Back Lane, just off the B6047, c.1 mile north of the A6 roundabout (SP723923).

Leighfield: Ring Ouzel flew south from conifers on Holygate Road, SK817029.

Rutland Water: Whimbrel, Great White Egret & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Great White Egret, Lagoon 3.

Sunday 2nd

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper still, Lagoon 3; female Ruddy Duck & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm + Arctic Tern, 2 Garganey & Common Sandpiper.

North Luffenham Airfield: small flock of Pink-footed Geese heard flying over, also 2 Bramblings and 147 Redwings west.

Bradgate Park: 18 Redwings south over the war memorial this morning, also Stonechat in the area. Nearby, Green Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper, Cropston Res.

Albert Village Lake: 1st-winter Med Gull still; the bird has a red colour ring 'PTE9' on its left leg.

Burton Flats: 2 Wheatears.

Saturday 1st

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper still, Lagoon 3, also 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Great White Egret & 2+ Green Sandpipers; female Ruddy Duck still, North Arm, but elusive, also Whimbrel, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Red-crested Pochards, 2 Greenshanks, Ruff & 7 Dunlin; Red-necked Grebe off Barnsdale; drake Scaup, Lagoon 1; LRP, 10+ Dunlin & 10+ Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Albert Village Lake: 1st-winter Med Gull late afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: 5+ Stonechats.

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