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Juvenile Arctic Tern,
Watermead CP South
11th September 2011
© Tim Matthews

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Red-necked Phalarope,
Rutland Water
4th September 2011
© Andy Mackay

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Red-necked Phalarope,
Rutland Water
4th September 2011
© Andy Mackay

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Hobby,
Eyebrook Res
1st September 2011
© John Turner

SEPTEMBER 2011

Friday 30th

Nanpantan: male Hen Harrier flew west at 07:50, seen from Deans Lane.

Stanford Res: Pectoral Sandpiper still at the inflow end.

Wednesday 28th

Stanford Res: Pectoral Sandpiper still at the inflow end, also Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank & Ruff.

Rutland Water: Spotted Redshank & Black Tern, South Arm 2; 2 Ruff & 1 Dunlin on South Arm 3 island; 5 Black Terns, North Arm; Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff & 6 Ringed Plovers, Manton Bay.

Eyebrook Res: Ruff, 6 Dunlin & 8 Ringed Plovers.

Tuesday 27th

Stanford Res: Pectoral Sandpiper still at the inflow end.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Black Terns off the dam; 8 Ruff, 3 Dunlin & 7 Ringed Plovers at the inflow.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: 4 Wheatears in the paddocks.

Monday 26th

Stanford Res: Pectoral Sandpiper still at the inflow end, also Greenshank & 2 Ruff.

Sunday 25th

Stanford Res: Pectoral Sandpiper still at the inflow end.

Rutland Water: c50 Black Terns, South Arm; Knot & 2 Med Gulls, North Arm.

EyebrooK Res: c70 Black Terns off the dam.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: 2 Wheatears in the paddocks.

Saturday 24th

Stanford Res: Pectoral Sandpiper still at the inflow end this evening. NB access to the reservoir is by permit, only available in advance from the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough (website).

Rutland Water: Spoonbill dropped into Lagoon 4 this evening - also seen yesterday, and presumably roosted at the Fishponds.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: 1 Common Sandpiper + Whinchat & Wheatear in paddocks between farm & lake.

Friday 23rd

Eyebrook Res: Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Dunlin & 16 Ringed Plovers.

Rutland Water: Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff & 6 Ringed Plovers, Manton Bay; Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing hide; Ruff, Lagoon 4.

Thursday 22nd

Eyebrook Res: 2 Curlew Sandpipers still, 4 Ruff, 5 Dunlin & 17 Ringed Plovers, also 1 Wheatear at the island.

Cossington Meadows: 4 Ruff, Rectory Marsh, 2 Ruff & Common Sandpiper, Upper Marsh.

Victoria Park, Leicester: Spotted Flycatcher by the pond this morning.

Wednesday 21st

Groby Pool: Tree Pipit & Wheatear.

Tuesday 20th

Eyebrook Res: 2 Curlew Sandpipers, Greenshank, 6 Ruff, 5 Dunlin & 16 Ringed Plovers.

Monday 19th

Eyebrook Res: 3 Curlew Sandpipers, Greenshank, 10 Ruff, 3 Dunlin & 8 Ringed Plovers.

Sunday 18th

Eyebrook Res: Knot at the island; 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 12 Ruff, 6 Dunlin & 17 Ringed Plovers at the inflow, also 1 Garganey.

Cossington Meadows: 7 Ruff, Rectory Marsh, also 2 Green Sandpipers & 1 Common Sandpiper around the reserve.

Sibbertoft: 1 Wheatear at the gliding school this morning (presumably not actually learning to glide!).

Bradgate Park: 1 Wheatear 200 yards south of Old John.

Saturday 17th

Stanford Res: Grey Plover, Black Tern & 6 Ruff.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Curlew Sandpipers late afternoon, also Greenshank & 3 Dunlin.

Friday 16th

Watermead CP South: adult Little Gull this afternoon, also Tree Pipit over this morning.

Eyebrook Res: Greenshank, Dunlin, 11 Ruff & 8 Ringed Plovers.

Enderby: Wheatear in field north of Leicester Lane/west of M1.

Thursday 15th

Cossington Meadows: Bean Goose/hybrid, Hobley Lake/Upper Marsh. In the field this bird apparently shows a prominent orange eyering (not visible on the photos), and the bill pattern is also odd (no dark markings at base), possibly suggesting some Greylag influence. Whatever it is, it's unlikely to be wild! Also 2 Common Sandpipers & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Rutland Water: Great Skua in the North Arm till 12:20 when it flew off west; adult & juv Arctic Terns, Lagoon 3 + 4.

Watermead CP South: adult & 2 1st-winter Little Gulls briefly at 09:40 before flying off south-west, also adult Arctic Tern still.

Swithland Res: 2 Greenshanks, Ruff & Common Sandpiper.

Good numbers of Meadow Pipits, Yellow Wagtails and hirundines moving south today, also several migrating Common Buzzards reported.

Wednesday 14th

Watermead CP South: adult and 2 juv Arctic Terns.

Thornton Res: adult Arctic Tern & 3 Red-crested Pochards.

Eyebrook Res: Greenshank, 7 Ruff & 12 Ringed Plovers.

Stanford Res: 5 Greenshanks & 1 Green Sandpiper.

Swithland Res: 2 Greenshanks, Ruff & Green Sandpiper.

Melton Airfield: 2 Wheatears.

Tuesday 13th

Watermead CP South: 2 juv Arctic Terns.

Thornton Res: adult Arctic Tern & 3 Red-crested Pochards.

Eyebrook Res: 1 Greenshank, 3 Ruff, 2 Dunlin & 17 Ringed Plovers.

Cossington Meadows: 7 Ruff (Rectory Marsh), Common Sandpiper & 6 Green Sandpipers.

Monday 12th

Cropston Res: juv Arctic Tern.

Watermead CP South: juv Arctic Tern still.

Sunday 11th

Rutland Water: Knot, Ruff & Red-crested Pochard, Lapwing hide; Garganey, Greenshank, 2 Ruff & 5 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 1; adult & 2 juv Arctic Terns, Lagoons 3 & 4.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Greenshanks, 9 Ruff, 3 Dunlins & 2 Wheatears.

Frolesworth Rectory: female Redstart & Spotted Flycatcher. Nearby, Whinchat & Common Sandpiper at Frolesworth Manor Lake.

Groby Pool: female Redstart still 800m NNW of the pool.

Foston: 2 Whinchats & 8 Wheatears in fields north of Foston Hall Farm.

Charnwood Lodge: 1 Whinchat.

Watermead CP South: juv Arctic Tern still.

Longmoor Lake: 7 Wheatears & 5 Ringed Plovers.

Cossington Meadows: 7 Ruff & 2 Green Sandpipers on small pool north of Platts Lane.

Saturday 10th

Rutland Water: juv Little Gull & 4 Red-crested Pochards, North Arm; 2 Black Terns, Manton Bay.

Groby Pool: female Redstart 800m NNW of the pool at SK517092, alwo 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

Swithland Res: Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshanks & 3 Common Sandpipers.

Watermead CP South: juv Arctic Tern still off the car park.

Longmoor Lake (between Ravenstone & Normanton): adult Arctic Tern, 6 Wheatears & 5 Ringed Plovers.

Friday 9th

Eyebrook Res: Manx Shearwater was found dead this morning. It was unfortunately not possible to find a boat yesterday evening before it got dark.

Rutland Water: Spoonbill flew in and landed on Lagoon 1 early afternoon, also Sandwich Tern flew from South Arm 3 to Lagoon 3 at 14:00.

Langton Caudle: 1 Whinchat.

Watermead CP South: juv Arctic Tern still off the car park.

Thursday 8th

Eyebrook Res: Manx Shearwater in bay north of the island this evening, in weed about 20 feet from the shore. Contrary to earlier reports, it appears that the bird is reasonably healthy, but seems to have its feet trapped, either in weed or fishing line. Also Turnstone still on the island, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshanks, 7 Ruff, 2 Dunlin & 3 Ringed Plovers.

Rutland Water: 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 7 Ruff & 1 Green Sandpiper, Lagoon 1; 2 Curlew Sandpipers, Goldeneye hide; 2 Arctic Terns, Lagoon 2; Arctic Tern & 5 Greenshanks, Lagoon 4. Also around the reserve Knot, Wood Sandpiper, Black Tern & Little Gull.

Watermead CP South: 2 Arctic Terns off the car park.

Osprey flew low south over the M69 between Thurlaston and Enderby at 14:50.

Wednesday 7th

Rutland Water: Black Tern between Whitwell & the dam; Turnstone at the southern end of the dam; Knot, North Arm; 2 Whinchat, Lagoon 1 (from Visitor Centre). Also 7 Curlew Sandpipers (no details of where) and of interest, the largest numbers of Yellow Wagtails for many years - 250+ on the reserve plus many other smaller flocks around the reservoir.

Eyebrook Res: 7 Knot, 2 Greenshanks, 1 Dunlin & 3 Ringed Plovers at the inflow; juv Arctic Tern, Turnstone & Ruff at the island.

Tuesday 6th

Stanford Res: 2 Wood Sandpiper still, plus Green Sandpiper.

Brascote Pits: male Redstart + Common Sandpiper.

Croft Hill: 5 Wheatears.

Monday 5th

Frolesworth Manor Lake: 2 Whinchats still in the horse paddocks east of the lake.

Sunday 4th

Rutland Water: juvenile Red-necked Phalarope from Plover hide (Lagoon 4) this afternoon, also Curlew Sandpiper. 4 Curlew Sandpipers, 10 Dunlin & 12+ Ringed Plovers, Shallow Water hide (Lyndon); 60+ Ruff, 10+ Greenshanks & 10+ Green Sandpipers around the reserve.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: still 2 Whinchats, in the horse paddock between the farm and the lake.

Eyebrook Res: Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ruff & 4 Greenshanks.

Blackbrook Res: Black Tern & adult Med Gull.

Swithland Res: Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ruff, 3 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plovers, 4 Greenshanks & 1 Common Sandpiper, also 1 Garganey on the south side.

Cossington Meadows: 4 Green Sandpipers & 2 Common Sandpipers, Upper Marsh.

Brascote Pits: Common Sandpiper + report of male Redstart.

Saturday 3rd

Frolesworth Manor Lake; 2 Whinchats & 1 Redstart on the east side by the car park.

Eyebrook Res: 1+ Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, 3 Ringed Plovers + adult Med Gull this afternoon.

Swithland Res: 7 Ruff, 3 Greenshanks, 3 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plovers & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Cropston Res: 1 Common Sandpiper.

Friday 2nd

Stanford Res: 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenshanks, 10+ Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plovers & 1 Garganey, plus Tree Pipit over this morning. NB access to the reservoir is by permit only, available from the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough (website).

Eyebrook Res: 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 4 Ruff, 2 Dunlin & 1 Common Sandpiper.

Rutland Water: Black Tern, North Arm; Whinchat, Harrier hide; 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Shallow Water hide (Lyndon).

Swithland Res: 2 Little Stints, 4 Greenshanks, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ruff & 10 Ringed Plovers.

Thursday 1st

Rutland Water: juv Marsh Harrier, Manton Bay; 6+ Curlew Sandpipers, Black Tern, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Dunlin, 2 LRPs & 20 Ruff, Shallow Water hide, Lyndon reserve; Spotted Redshank, 9 Ruff, 2 Garganey & 2 Red-crested Pochards, Lapwing hide; Black-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 2 + good numbers of Greenshank, Green Sandpiper etc; 3 Whinchats, Lagoon 1 from Visitor Centre.

Eyebrook Res: juv Marsh Harrier, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 1+ Wood Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshanks, 4 Greenshanks, 6 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plovers & 1 Common Sandpiper. Reported Red-necked Phalaropes on Tuesday were apparently Ruffs.....

Stanford Res: 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Ruff, 8 Ringed Plovers & 1 LRP.

Swithland Res: Greenshank, 2 Ruff & 5+ Ringed Plovers.

Cossington Meadows: 4+ Green Sandpipers & 3+ Common Sandpipers.