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Species shown in red on this page are BBRC rarities or species recorded on less than ten occasions in the county and those in blue are county rarities (generally more than 10 records since 1941, but less than annual). This is a news service only – reports have not been verified or subjected to scrutiny by the LROS Records Committee.

Monday 17th January 2022

Eyebrook Res: 15 Smew (7 drakes), drake Scaup, 3 Avocets and 70+ Dunlin.

Rutland Water: 5 Smew (2 drakes), Egleton reserve still.

Swithland Res: no sign of Bewick’s Swans today; female Scaup still on the north side + Common Sandpiper.

Sunday 16th January 2022

Swithland Res: 2 Bewick’s Swans, south side + female Scaup still, also female Merlin flew north over fields off Rushey Lane just west of Rabbits Bridge over the railway line.

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe & 3 Great Northern Divers still at the dam; 4 Smew (3 drakes), Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: 15+ Smew (7 drakes), 4 Scaup & 3 Avocets still.

Stanford Hall: 3 White-fronted Geese again, but mobile.

Hicks Lodge: male Red-crested Pochard on main lake.

Friday 14th January 2022

Rutland Water: 12Whooper Swans, North Arm.

Stanford Res (permit only): 3 White-fronted Geese again briefly this evening.

Thursday 13th January 2022

Eyebrook Res: 18 Smew, 3 Avocets & drake Scaup still.

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe & 3 Great Northern Divers still at the dam; 4 Smew (3 drakes), Lagoon 3.

Wednesday 12th January 2022

Eyebrook Res: 1st-winter female Ring-necked Duck still off Stoke Dry car park, also 9 Smew & 3 Avocets.

Rutland Water: 2 Great Northern Divers still at the dam + Slav Grebe; 3 Smew (2 drakes), Lagoon 3.

Tuesday 11th January 2022

Rutland Water: 3 Great Northern Divers still at the dam +1 Slav Grebe; 6 Smew (2 drakes), Egleton Reserve; 6 Scaup (3 drakes), South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: 7+ Smew (6 drakes), 3 Avocets still & 50+ Dunlin. NB hedge laying has started on the Leics side, working north from just north of the island to the inflow bridge over the rest of the winter.

Monday 10th January 2022

Rutland Water: 3 Great Northern Divers still at the dam and report of 2 Slav Grebes; 5 Smew, Egleton Reserve.

Eyebrook Res: 12+ Smew; 3 Avocets & 6 Scaup still.

Stanford Res (permit only): 3 White-fronted Geese back at the Welford Road end this afternoon, then flew into Northants.

Sunday 9th January 2022

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe & 2+ Great Northern Divers still at the dam; redhead Smew, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: 1st-winter female Ring-necked Duck still off Stoke Dry car park;  14+ Smew (6 drakes); 3 Avocets at the inflow & 4 Scaup north of the island.

Swithland Res: female Scaup still on the south side + Common Sandpiper north side but distant from Kinchley Lane railings.

Saturday 8th January 2022

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe & 3 Great Northern Divers still at the dam; 1 Smew, Fishponds.

Eyebrook Res: 5+ Smew, 2 Whooper Swans, 3 Avocets & 4 Scaup.

Friday 7th January 2022

Eyebrook Res: 10+ Smew, 2 Whooper Swans, 3 Avocets , 1+ Scaup, 3 Red-crested Pochards, 2 Green Sandpipers & 26 Dunlin.

Thursday 6th January 2022

Eyebrook Res: 14+ Smew, 2 Whooper Swans, 3 Avocets & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Rutland Water: 1 Great Northern Diver still at the dam.

Wednesday 5th January 2022

Eyebrook Res: 4 Bewick’s Swans, also 1st-winter female Ring-necked Duck still off Stoke Dry car park, 2 adult Whooper Swans, 11 Smew (7 drakes) & 1 Scaup.

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe, North Arm; 1 Great Northern Diver still at the dam; 4 Smew (1 drake), Lagoon 2.

Tuesday 4th January 2022

Eyebrook Res: 1st-winter female Ring-necked Duck still off Stoke Dry car park, also 2 adult Whooper Swans still, 3 Avocets,3+ Scaup and 11 Smew (5 drakes).

Rutland Water: 3 Great Northern Divers still at the dam; 2 redhead Smew, Lagoon 2.

Stanford Res (permit only): 8 Red-crested Pochards.

Monday 3rd January 2022

Eyebrook Res: 1st-winter female Ring-necked Duck still off Stoke Dry car park, also Red-crested Pochard, 13 Smew & 4 Scaup at the island.

Stanford Hall Park: 3 White-fronted Geese still.