14th April 2015
you send in your bird news, please take a few moments to read our guidelines.
The Latest Bird News page and Twitter feed are
intended to alert birders to rare and scarce species
in the county. Records of common species, birds in gardens etc should
be submitted via LROS Recorder (see the Bird
Recording page for details), and are summarised in the monthly Field
Notes in The Grebe.
Please bear in mind the following:
1. Little Egrets are now resident and breeding in the
county, and may be seen at any water body at any time of the year.
2. Red Kites are now resident and widespread in the county
following reintroduction programs over the last few years. Although commoner
in Rutland, they can be seen almost anywhere at any time throughout the
3. Ravens are also resident and widespread in the county.
4. Ospreys originating from the Rutland Water introduction
scheme will not be mentioned on the Latest Bird News page. Birds away
from Rutland Water and Eyebrook Res considered to be passage migrants
will be mentioned.
5 . Rare and scarce breeding birds will not be mentioned
on the Latest Bird News page. This includes all Schedule
1 species at potential breeding sites; in Leicestershire this mainly
concerns the following species: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker,
Cetti's Warbler, Barn Owl, Hobby,
Little Ringed Plover, Peregrine and
Crossbill, although withholding news of other species
may be deemed necessary from time to time. Please note that some of these
species remain in their breeding areas all year round, so will not be
mentioned at any time of year.
use the following address to send your news:
give your email a relevant subject line (e.g. 'bird news', 'bird reports',
'Rutland Water 3rd April' etc).
remember to include the DATE of your sightings in the body
of the email.
give as much detail as you can on the exact location of interesting
birds at larger sites: for instance, "Firecrest at Cossington
Meadows" may leave other potential observers frustrated!
In general, anything which is listed as 'scarce' or rarer on
the County checklist
(Excel file) will probably be of interest, and other species may
be of interest in context - e.g. early or late migrants, and counts of
commoner species such as waders.
It is not possible to give a definitive list of what is or isn't 'newsworthy',
as this changes from season to season, and even from year to year as species
become commoner or rarer. Also, some species (such as commoner waders)
may not be particularly interesting on their own, but may be added to
a list of other species at a site to give an overall feel of 'what's around'.
Some examples of species that regularly get reported to us which aren't
of great interest as 'news' to most people include Goosander,
Goldeneye, Mandarin, Shelduck, Little
Egret, Buzzard, Red Kite, Peregrine, Water
Rail, Oystercatcher, Woodcock,
Yellow-legged & Caspian Gulls,
Barn Owl, Little Owl, Kingfisher, Raven,
Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, and common migrants
once they have arrived in numbers (summer or winter). It is of
great importance that these and other 'common' species are properly recorded,
but they should be submitted to the Society via the electronic recording
form or on record slips. Please see the Bird
Recording page for further details.
Escaped/feral species (including Ruddy
Shelduck and Ring-necked Parakeet) and hybrids will not
be reported on the website unless there is a possibility that they might
be wild - e.g. White-headed Duck, Red-crested Pochard etc, or if there
is a genuine risk of confusion with a (rare) wild species.
Digital photos are always welcome; images of rare and scarce birds in
the County will be used on the Latest Bird News page. Good quality
photos of commoner species will be added to the Photo Gallery.