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Whooper Swans
Cropston Res
11th February 2019
© Jim Graham

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Jack Snipe
Rutland Water
27th January 2019
© Chris Park

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Jack Snipe
Rutland Water
9th January 2019
© Paul Wesson

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Jack Snipe
Rutland Water
9th January 2019
© Donald Talbott

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Waxwing
Loughborough
4th January 2019
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Waxwing
Loughborough
4th January 2019
© Stuart King

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Bewick's Swan
Eyebrook Res
22nd December 2018
© Andy Mackay

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Pink-footed Goose
Eyebrook Res
22nd December 2018
© Andy Mackay

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Snow Bunting
Rutland Water
16th December 2018
© Toby Carter

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Snow Bunting
Rutland Water
16th December 2018
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Shags
Rutland Water
13th December 2018
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Snow Bunting
Rutland Water
14th December 2018
© Stuart King

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Snow Bunting
Rutland Water
12th December 2018
© Andy Mackay

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Whooper Swan
Stanford Res
13th November 2018
© Chris Hubbard

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Colin Towe's funeral will take place on Monday 25th February at 3pm, at Countesthorpe Crematorium LE8 5QP. As Colin had no close family, it would be good to see as many of his birding friends as possible there.

The next LROS Conservation work party will be on Weds 13th February. We will be coppicing at Browns Wood, Thornton. Email Andy Smith for details: adsthornton.56@gmail.com

Willow Tit Survey

Volunteers are needed for this important survey being undertaken by the RSPB in conjunction with the Rare Breeding Birds Panels. Click here for information on the survey and contact details if you would like to help (Word file).

LROS News page updated 15th February 2018

Listing page updated 28th January 2019.

For Sale/Wanted page updated 9th January 2019. Please remember to let me know if your item on this page has sold, or if you have found what you are looking for in the case of wanted ads, so I can take your advert off. Thanks.

FEBRUARY

Thursday 14th

Rutland Water: 7 Smew, Lagoon 4; Red-necked Grebe still, South Arm/Old Hall; 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm.

Wednesday 13th

Cropston Res: 3 Whooper Swans still at the inflow.

Eyebrook Res: male & female Smew, but no sign of anything resembling a White-fronted Goose with the Greylag flock.

Tuesday 12th

Eyebrook Res: unconfirmed report of a 1st-winter Greenland White-fronted Goose, but no details of where, also 2 drake Smew.

Cropston Res: 3 Whooper Swans still at the inflow.

Rutland Water: 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still in the North Arm + Scaup.

Monday 11th

Cropston Res: 3 adult Whooper Swans at the inflow.

Friday 8th

Stanford Res: juv Hen Harrier on the Leics side briefly at 09:22, then flew to the Northants side.

Thursday 7th

Rutland Water: 11 Smew (4 drakes), 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 2 Red-necked Grebes, Old Hall.

Thornton Res: drake Scaup.

Tuesday 5th

Rutland Water: 2 Red-necked Grebes, 4 Scaup & 3 Smew, Old Hall; 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm.

Stanford Res: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull & 2 Pink-footed Geese still late afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: 4 drake & 3 redhead Smew.

Monday 4th

Rutland Water: 7 Smew around Lagoons 3 & 4.

Stanford Res: 2 Pink-footed Geese still.

Sunday 3rd

Rutland Water: 2 Red-necked Grebes, 4 Scaup & drake Smew, South Arm 3; 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: 2 drake & 3 redhead Smew, plus Marsh Harrier at the inflow.

Stanford Res: 2 Pink-footed Geese still.

Saturday 2nd

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & 3 Scaup, Old Hall; Great Northern Diver & 2 drake Smew, South Arm 3; 3 drake Smew, Lagoon 3; 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: 13 Smew (2 drakes).

Friday 1st

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & 7 Scaup, Old Hall still, also 5+ Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull still.

JANUARY 2019

Thursday 31st

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & 7 Scaup, Old Hall.

Monday 28th

Rutland Water: 2 Jack Snipes, Crake hide this afternoon; drake American Wigeon Lagoon 5 (360 hide); 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & 3 Scaup, Old Hall; drake & 2 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4.

Saturday 26th

Loughborough: 15 Waxwings in Pinfold Gate.

Rutland Water: 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall.

Eyebrook Res: 13 Smew (9 drakes) + adult Med Gull roosted.

Friday 25th

Melton Mowbray: 1 Waxwing in Valley Road this morning.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe again, Crake hide; 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 2 Red-necked Grebes, Old Hall.

Eyebrook Res: 15 Smew ((5 drakes).

Thursday 23rd

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, North Arm, also 2 Black-necked Grebes still; adult Med Gull at the dam late afternoon.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull this afternoon.

Stanford Res: 2 Pink-footed Geese still.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Smew (16 yesterday - 7 drakes).

Tuesday 22nd

Rutland Water: American Wigeon back at Tufted Duck hide, otherwise the same old stuff...

Saturday 19th

Syston: 4 Waxwings in Chatsworth Drive behind garages.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull.

Rutland Water: 2 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm; 2 Red-necked Grebes & Great Northern Diver, Old Hall.

Friday 18th

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

Thursday 17th

Stanford Res: 2nd-winter Glaucous Gull & 2nd-winter Iceland Gull late afternoon.

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe & 2 Slav Grebes, North Arm; 2 Red-necked Grebes & 2 Great Northern Divers, Old Hall; pair of Smew, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 16+ Smew (5 drakes).

Wednesday 16th

Leicester: 5+ Waxwings, Narborough Road/Upperton Road this morning, then flew towards Fosse Road.

Loughborough: 1 Waxwing still, Park Road/Jetcott Avenue (and yesterday).

Stanford Res: juv Glaucous Gull & 2 White-fronted Geese late afternoon.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe, Crake hide; Shag still at the dam; 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm + 2 drake Smew, Deep Water hide.

Tuesday 15th

Leicester: 7 Waxwings in Wyngate Drive, Western Park this morning, also 1 still in Wellington Street opposite the Holy Cross Centre.

Rutland Water: 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers & 2 Red-necked Grebes, South Arm 3; drake Smew, Lagoon 3.

Monday 14th

Leicester: 1 Waxwing in Duke Street/Wellington Street area (near the junction of Regent Road & Welford Road).

Shawell Sandpits: 3 juv Glaucous Gulls from Gibbet Lane.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe still, Crake hide; 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Shag still at the dam; 2 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers & 3+ Scaup, Old Hall; drake Smew, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: 12+ Smew (5 drakes).

Stanford Res: 2 Pink-footed Geese.

Sunday 13th

Watermead CP North: female Red-breasted Merganser, King Lear's Lake this morning, but no sign when looked for later. Nearby, redhead Smew still, Watermead CP Birstall.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe again from Crake hide + drake Smew, Lagoon 3.

Shawell Sandpits: juv Glaucous Gull still.

Loughborough: 2 Waxwings still, Park Road.

Eyebrook Res: 10 Smew (4 drakes).

Saturday 12th

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe again from Crake hide this morning; 2 Red-necked Grebes & 2 Great Northern Divers, Old Hall; 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Stanford Res: juv Glaucous Gull late morning.

Eyebrook Res: no sign of yesterday's Iceland Gull in the roost; 1st-winter Med Gull north of the island late afternoon + 14 Smew (5 drakes) south of Stoke Dry car park.

Loughborough: 2 Waxwings still, Park Road.

Friday 11th

Eyebrook Res: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull on the south side of the island late afternoon, also 10 Smew (4 drakes) & 53 Dunlin.

Rutland Water: 3 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; drake American Wigeon, Tufted Duck hide, Lyndon; 2 Great Northern Divers, Teal hide, Lyndon; Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; 9 Scaup, Lagoon 3/South Arm 3.

Loughborough: 2 Waxwings still in Park Road.

Thursday 10th

Thornton: 1 Waxwing in Sharp's Close.

Loughborough: 7 Waxwings, Hume Street/Pinfold Gate & 1 still, Park Road.

Rutland Water: 1 Shag still at the dam.

Watermead CP Birstall: redhead Smew.

Wednesday 9th

Loughborough: 6+ Waxwings still in Hume Street/Pinfold Gate and 2 in Park Road this morning near the junction with Silverton Road.

Wanlip Meadows: Jack Snipe flushed during works this afternoon.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe still, Crake hide & drake American Wigeon still, Deep Water hide.

For Sale page updated with a Manfrotto tripod.

Tuesday 8th

Loughborough: 7 Waxwings at the junction of Hume Street & Pinfold Gate, and presumably the same birds also in Freehold Street, plus 2 still on Park Road.

Rutland Water: all the usual stuff, including the Jack Snipe again at Crake hide.

Eyebrook Res: 11 Smew (4 drakes), 1 Stonechat & 68 Dunlin.

Monday 7th

Loughborough: 7 Waxwings at the junction of Hume Street & Pinfold Gate, also 2 still on Park Road.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, Lyndon; 2 Shags at the dam & 2 Red-necked Grebes east of Old Hall.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull & juv Glaucous Gull still from Gibbet Lane.

Sunday 6th

Ellistown: female Merlin again opposite the Amazon depot on Beveridge Lane.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe again, Crake hide this morning only; drake American Wigeon still, Lyndon, also 63 Red-crested Pochards & 2nd-winter Med Gull; Shag at the dam; Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Divers, 5 Scaup (2 drakes) & 2 Ruff, South Arm 3; 2 Slav Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes & Pink-footed Goose, North Arm; female Scaup, Lagoon 3; 9+ Smew (3 drakes) around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: 7 Smew (3 drakes) + pair of Stonechats at the inflow.

Saturday 5th

Ellistown: female Merlin near disused barn opposite the Amazon depot on Beveridge Lane (present several days).

Loughborough: 1 Waxwing still on Park Road near the junction with Silverton Road.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull, juv & 2nd-winter Glaucous Gulls from Gibbet Lane.

Rutland Water: drake American Wigeon, Lyndon; Shag still at the dam; 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1+ Slav Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, female Scaup & 3 Red-crested Pochards, North Arm; 2 Great Northern Divers, South Arm 3; 4 Smew (1 drake), Lagoon 4.

Bradgate Park: 1 Common Redpoll again with Lesser Redpoll flock near Deerbarn tea room, but mobile.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Smew (4 drakes).

Friday 4th

Loughborough: 2+ Waxwings still on Park Road near the junction with Silverton Road.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe, Crake hide; drake American Wigeon, Lyndon; 2 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers & 2 Scaup, South Arm 3; 2 Slav Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes & redhead Smew, North Arm; Bittern, Lagoon 3; drake Scaup, Wigeon hide; 2 Smew, Lagoon 4.

Hicks Lodge: Jack Snipe.

Thursday 3rd

Loughborough: 3 Waxwings on Park Road near the junction with Silverton Road.

Shawell Sandpits: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull juv & 2nd-winter Glaucous Gulls viewed from Gibbet Lane.

Rutland Water: 2 Slav Grebes & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & Great Northern Diver, South Arm 3; 4 Smew (2 drakes), Lagoon 4; 8 Scaup, Wigeon hide.

Eyebrook Res: 5 Smew (3 drakes).

Wednesday 2nd

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe again from Crake hide; Brent Goose at the dam, then Fishponds & 2 Red-necked Grebes together in South Arm 3; otherwise an almost identical list to yesterday (and the last several weeks).

Eyebrook Res: adult Med Gull in the roost south of the island; 11 Smew (5 drakes) & 2 Pink-footed Geese still.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull again from Gibbet Lane.

Tuesday 1st

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe, Crake hide; Snow Bunting & 2 Shags, dam; drake American Wigeon, Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Divers, 6 Scaup (3 drakes) & 51 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; 2 Slav Grebes & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 2 Pink-footed Geese, Teal hide this morning (probably the same as the Eyebrook birds) + 9 Smew (4 drakes) around the Egleton reserve.

Bradgate Park: 1+ Common Redpoll with 100+ Lessers near Hallgates car park.

Shawell Sandpit: 2nd-winter & adult Glaucous Gulls from Gibbet Lane.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Pink-footed Geese opposite Stoke Dry + 7 Smew (5 drakes).

Groby Pool: drake Red-breasted Merganser at 15:00, but no sign when looked for later.

 

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