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Swithland Res
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Eyebrook Res
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MARCH

Monday 27th

Rutland Water: 6+ Little Gulls, South Arm/Lagoon 3; 7 Dunlin, Lagoon 4.

Cossington Meadows: drake Garganey on Rectory Marsh this afternoon.

Wanlip Meadows: 1 Avocet.

Enderby: 46 Waxwings by the Foxhunter roundabout.

Leicester: 16 Waxwings, Chapel Lane, Knighton this morning. Also still 10 by Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Sunday 26th

Rutland Water: Grey Plover, Lagoon 1; 3 Sand Martins, Lagoon 5.

Eyebrook Res: drake Scaup near the tern raft but no sign of Hen Harrier today.

Leicester: 50+ Waxwings still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Saturday 25th

Rutland Water: 3 Garganey (2 drakes) around Lagoons 1 & 2 but mobile; Whimbrel & Great White Egret, Lagoon 1; 2 Smew & 2 Scaup still, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier again at the inflow this evening.

Stanford Res: 1st-winter male Long-tailed Duck still.

Leicester: c20 Waxwings still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Longmoor Lake: 3 Wheatears.

Friday 24th

Groby Pool: 4 Whooper Swans.

Saddington Res: Great Northern Diver (also belatedly reported for yesterday).

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier again at the inflow at 15:30, when it dropped into grass, then again from 17:00 - 17:30, also Marsh Harrier through and Great White Egret still at the inflow.

Rutland Water: Grey Plover & 1st-winter Med Gull, Lagoon 4.

Thornton Res: adult Whooper Swan briefly then flew off north-west at 08:30.

Leicester: 50+ Waxwings still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Grimston: 1 Swallow.

Thursday 23rd

Rutland Water: 5 Whooper Swans & 5 Dunlin, Lagoon 4.

Leicester: 27+ Waxwings still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Ashby de la Zouch: 20 Waxwings, Fairfax Close.

Wednesday 22nd

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret still at the inflow.

Leicester: 50+ Waxwings again at Avenue Road School on Clarendon Park Road.

Ashby de la Zouch: 18 Waxwings on Nottingham Road near junction with Featherbed Lane mid morning at least.

Market Harborough: 2 Waxwings at the end of Simborough Way.

Cropston Res: 3 Sand Martins.

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Tuesday 21st

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret still at the inflow.

Leicester: 50 Waxwings again at Avenue Road School on Clarendon Park Road.

Rutland Water: Swallow, Lagoon 1; 2 Scaup, South Arm 3.

Melton Mowbray: Osprey north-west flew over the council building at 08:05.

NB as always Ospreys will only be reported away from the regular areas in Rutland. For further information on the Rutland birds please visit ospreys.org.uk

Sunday 19th

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier briefly at the inflow at 10:30, and Great White Egret still present.

Rutland Water: 2 Smew, 2 Scaup & 2 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3 (Lapwing hide); c30 Sand Martins, Egleton reserve.

Saturday 18th

Rutland Water: adult Med Gull & 3 Dunlin, Lagoon 4; Great White Egret, Wet Meadow; 30+ Sand Martins & 1 Wheatear, Lagoon 1; drake & redhead Smew & 4 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3.

Stanford Res: Long-tailed Duck still, also2nd-winter Med Gull.

North Luffenham Airfield: 1 Wheatear.

Friday 17th

Rutland Water: 2 Slavs & 1 Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret still at the inflow.

Grimston: 1 Wheatear.

Thursday 16th

Rutland Water: 40 Sand Martins, Lagoon 4 + Willow Warbler reported; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall.

Luffenham Airfield: 1 Wheatear.

Leicester: 13 Waxwings on Glenfield Road at the corner of Vincent Close at 10:43, then flew towards the city.

Wednesday 15th

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

Tuesday 14th

Rutland Water: Wheatear, 2 Avocets, 10 Black-tailed Godwits & 1st-winter Med Gull, Lagoon 4; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall; 2 Slavs & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

North Luffenham Airfield: Wheatear this evening.

A couple of reminders as we approach the breeding season and summer migrants start to return:

1) No rare or scarce breeding species will be mentioned on the news page unless at protected sites such as Rutland Water. This includes Little Ringed Plover (which have returned to at least one site already).

2) Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps aren't really 'newsworthy' as migrants as they winter in the county.

Common migrants will be mentioned on the news page until they have turned up at a few sites and seem to be reasonably widespread.

Monday 13th

Swithland Res: no sign of Bonaparte's Gull today.

Rutland Water: drake Red-breasted Merganser still, North Arm, also 2 Black-necked Grebes.

Billesdon: 2 Swallows flew north at 09:30.

Wigston: 10 Waxwings on the B582, 100m past the McDonald's roundabout.

Sunday 12th

Swithland Res: 2nd-winter BONAPARTE'S GULL (1st county record) on the north side, viewable from the dam/Kinchley Lane. Present on and of for most of the day, but has disappeared for over an hour at times. Last seen briefly around 16:15.

I have updated the County Listing page on the information I've received so far - please let me know if you saw it but your list hasn't been updated. And please note as always that this page may be cached by your ISP, so you may not see today's update until you refresh your browser a few times and/or clear your internet browser history/cache.

Rutland Water: Red-breasted Merganser still, North Arm, also 2 Slav & 2 Black-necked Grebes; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall.

Albert Village Lake: juv Glaucous Gull this afternoon.

Groby: 9 Waxwings briefly in Sycamore Drive this morning.

Church Langton: 3 Waxwings still in the community hall/school area.

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret still at the inflow.

Saturday 11th

Rutland Water: drake Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Slav & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall.

Eyebrook Res: Bittern flew in at 08:55 and landed on Leics bank near the inflow bunker. Seen again briefly in the same area at midday, then on the opposite bank around 16:00. Also Great Egret still rpesent.

Leicester: 12 Waxwings flew from Brazil Street towards Raw Dykes Road this afternoon.

Stoughton: 8 Waxwings 100m past the church on Gaulby Lane.

Church Langton: 3 Waxwings still, in the farthest corner of the community hall car park adjacent to the school playing field.

Friday 10th

Rutland Water: White-fronted Goose, 2 Slav & Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & drake Scaup, South Arm 3; 5 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4; pair of Smew, Fishponds; 18 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 4 this evening.

Church Langton: Wheatear on the school playing field, also Short-eared Owl flew west & 3 Waxwings still in the car park

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret still at the inflow but no sign of the Bittern today.

Thursday 9th

Eyebrook Res: Bittern again this morning, elusive on the Leics bank between the bunker & the bridge, but no sign this afternoon. Also pair of Smew south of the island.

Rutland Water: 3 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4.

Wednesday 8th

Eyebrook Res: Bittern again this evening - flew from the near the inflow bunker to the copse north of the bridge at 17:10.

Melton CP: 5 Waxwings in trees behind the visitor centre at miday.

Church Langton: 3 Waxwings still in the school car park.

Tuesday 7th

Eyebrook Res: Bittern again north of the bridge this morning, then flew down res and landed near the inflow viewing bunker. Also Brambling at the Alec Lane gate feeders.

Rutland Water: Whimbrel still, Wet Meadow, also Stonechat, Lagoon 1; 2 Slav & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 8 Scaup, South Arm 3; 10 Smew still around the reserve.

Church Langton: 4 Waxwings still in the school car park.

Monday 6th

Rutland Water: Slav & Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall & Whimbrel, Wet Meadow.

Leicester: 3 Waxwings briefly at Attenborough Arboretum, Carisbrooke Road this morning, also 4 still at Avenue Road School, Clarendon Park Road.

Sunday 5th

Rutland Water: Crossbill over Berrybutts Spinney at 06:55; 4+ Sand Martins, South Arm 2; 3 redhead Smew, Lagoon 4; drake Scaup, South Arm 3; 2 Great White Egrets, Heron Bay.

Eyebrook Res: no sign of Bittern or Great White Egret today.

Saturday 4th

Eyebrook Res: Bittern showed well north of the bridge at the inflow until 14:00, also pair of Smew south of the island & Great White Egret reported this morning, but no sign the rest of the day.

Rutland Water: 2 Waxwings flew north over Lagoon 4 at 11:35; drake Scaup, South Arm 3; 2 Smew & Great White Egret, North Arm.

Friday 3rd

Rutland Water: Sand Martin & Dunlin, Lagoon 1; Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall; 2 Slavs & 4 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 7 Smew & 4 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4 + Med Gull in the pre-roost; redhead Smew, Lagoon 3; 2 Scaup & 8 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3.

Church Langton: 1 Waxwing in school car park.

Wednesday 1st

Rutland Water: Sand Martin, Crake hide; Great Northern Diver & 8 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; 7 Smew & 1 Ringed Plover, Lagoon 4; 2 redhead Smew, Lagoon 3.

Wigston: 2 Stonechats by footbridge over the River Sence between the sewage works and little hill.

FEBRUARY

Tuesday 28th

Rutland Water: Sand Martin over Manton Bay this morning, also Great Northern Diver still & 4 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3, drake & redhead Smew, Fishponds & 2 Great White Egrets around the reserve.

Aylestone Meadows: 16 Waxwings flew over this morning.

Clarendon Park, Leicester: 8 Waxwings again at Avenue Road School.

Church Langton: 4 Waxwings in the village hall car park all day.

Monday 27th

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret still at the inflow, also 2 Stonechats.

Earl Shilton: 5 Waxwings in the Co-op car park this morning at least.

Sunday 26th

Leicester: 65+ Waxwings still around the junction of Welford Road/Palmerston Way. Also 10 on Hinckley Road opposite the shops near Dunster Street.

Albert Village Lake: 1st-winter Med Gull this morning.

Stanford Res: Long-tailed Duck still.

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Saturday 25th

Shawell A5 Lagoons: adult Iceland Gull & juv Glaucous Gull this morning.

Stanford Res: juv Iceland Gull in the roost this evening, also Long-tailed Duck still.

Cropston Res: 26 Waxwings flew north-west this evening, also adult Med Gull in the roost.

Leicester: 50+ Waxwings at the junction of Welford Road/Palmerston Way this afternoon.

Hinckley: 10 Waxwings in Roston Drive this afternoon.

Friday 24th

Rutland Water: adult Kittiwake, North Arm this morning, then off Whitwell; 2 Slav & 4 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm; Great Northern Diver, South Arm 3; 2 Great White Egrets around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret at the inflow.

Wanlip Meadows: Glossy Ibis still.

Thursday 23rd

Albert Village Lake: juv Glaucous Gull this afternoon.

Leicester: 10 - 15 Waxwings about half way along Glenfield Road this morning.

Wednesday 22nd

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver, Smew, drake Scaup & 2 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; 2 Slav & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 6 Smew, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret north of the island this afternoon.

Clarendon Park, Leicester: still 20+ Waxwings by Avenue Road School this morning at least.

Tuesday 21st

Rutland Water: 2 Slav & 4 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Great Northern Diver, 5 Smew & Scaup, South Arm 3; 9 Smew, Lagoon 4.

Clarendon Park, Leicester: still 20+ Waxwings by Avenue Road School.

Monday 20th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver, Slav Grebe & redhead Smew, Lapwing hide; 8 Smew (1 drake) & 6 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Wanlip Meadows: Glossy Ibis still from Plover hide.

Western Park, Leicester: 80+ Waxwings, Vincent Close/Glenfield Road area this morning.

Beaumont Leys: c70 Waxwings, Norris Close, off Calver Hey Road this morning.

Clarendon Park, Leicester: up to 40 Waxwings at Avenue Primary School this morning, but no further sign after about 11:00.

Glenfield: 20 Waxwings in Ellis Park area.

Sunday 19th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver still from Lapwing hide, also 7 Smew (3 drakes); Whimbrel, Wet Meadow; 8 Scaup, Gadwall hide; redhead Smew & 16 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; 3 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; Slav & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

Beaumont Leys: 30+ Waxwings, Heacham Drive/Upper Temple Walk.

Short-eared Owl between Great Dalby & Burrough on the Hill.

Wanlip Meadows: Glossy Ibis still from Plover hide.

Charnwood Lodge: 2 Stonechats.

Saturday 18th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver still from Lapwing hide; Bittern, Lagoon 3; 3 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: Stonechat near the bridge.

Friday 17th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe & Great White Egret, South Arm 2.

Longmoor Lake: 2 Stonechats.

Thursday 16th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver, Teal hide (Lyndon); Red-necked Grebe, Old Hall; 2 Slavs, 3 Black-necked Grebes & Great White Egret, North Arm; 3 Smew & 3+ Scaup, South Arm 3; 5 Smew, Lagoon 4; ; 5 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; Great White Egret, Lagoon 1; Green Sandpiper, Lagoon 4; female Scaup at the dam.

Beaumont Leys: 50+ Waxwings, Oronsay Road this afternoon.

Wednesday 15th

Rutland Water: 4 Whooper Swans flew south-east towards Old Hall at 09:40, also Red-necked Grebe off Old Hall, 6 Scaup, South Arm 3; Black-necked Grebe off east end of Hambleton Wood; 4 Great White Egrets, Manton Bay; Whimbrel, Harrier Hide; 4 Stonechats, Lagoon 1;Green Sandpiper, Lagoon 5.

Glenfield: 80+ Waxwings still around Park Drive/Harrison Close.

Tuesday 14th

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

Glenfield: c80 Waxwings still around Park Drive/Harrison Close.

Monday 13th

Rutland Water: 5 Smew, Lagoon 4; 2 drake Scaup, South Arm 3.

Glenfield: 100+ Waxwings still around Park Drive/Harrison Close/Pine Road this morning.

Sunday 12th

Albert Village Tip: juv Glaucous Gull still.

Glenfield: 100+ Waxwings still around Park Drive/Harrison Close this morning.

Rutland Water: 7 Scaup off Old Hall, South Arm 3.

Kibworth Beauchamp: 8 Waxwings in Brookfield Way this morning.

Saturday 11th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe still east of Old Hall, also 3 Scaup; Great Northern Diver, South Arm 3; Slav & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 4 Smew, Lagoon 4.

Albert Village Tip: 2 juv Glaucous Gulls this morning.

Glenfield: 150+ Waxwings still in Park Drive/Pine Road area.

Kibworth Beauchamp: 7 Waxwings in Brookfield Way early afternoon.

Swithland Res: Ruddy Duck still on the north side.

Friday 10th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe & 5 Scaup, South Arm 3; 2 Slav, 2 Black-necked Grebes & 31 Dunlin, North Arm; 6 Smew, Lagoon 4; 3 Smew, 17 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1 & 3 Great White Egrets still around the reserve.

Glenfield: 100+ Waxwings in Harrison Close/Park Drive at 13:00, but mobile, with smaller flocks or none there at other times today.

Leicester: (Clarendon Park): 31 Waxwings in an apple tree at the allotments on the east side of Queens Road - no access to the allotments, but viewable from the cul-de-sac next to the old Medical Centre, c. SK600021, postcode LE2 3FT.

Thursday 9th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver & redhead Smew, Lapwing hide; Red-necked Grebe east of Old Hall; 2 Slav & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Whimbrel, Wet Meadow; redhead Smew, Great White Egret & 17 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; Great White Egret, Lagoon 2.

Hicks Lodge: 2 Stonechats.

Late news for Monday 6th - ringtail Harrier sp (presumed Hen) over Woodland Hide, Lyndon Reserve, Rutland Water at 12:00, then flew towards Edith Weston.

Wednesday 8th

Swithland Res: drake Ruddy Duck off the dam.

Tuesday 7th

Measham: female-type Black Redstart near the lagoon at the entrance to the David Wilson site on Dennis Way.

Rutland Water: juv Glaucous Gull, Lagoon 4; Bittern, Great White Egret, 2 redhead Smew & 14 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; 6 Scaup, South Arm 3; redhead Smew, Lagoon 1.

Monday 6th

Rutland Water: 2 Slav Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes & 33 Dunlin, North Arm; 6 Scaup, South Arm 3; 3 redhead Smew & 6 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; 4 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 1.

Owston: still c10 Bramblings in the churchyard.

Cossington Meadows: 2 Stonechats in Wood Meadow.

Saturday 4th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3 from Fieldfare hide.

Burbage: 7 Waxwings still in Rugby Road/Brookside area.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Stonechats at the inflow.

Friday 3rd

Rutland Water: 2 Slav, 2 Black-necked Grebes & 2 Smew, North Arm; 5 Smew & 5 Scaup, South Arm 3 (Lapwing hide).

Husbands Bosworth: 30+ Waxwings flew north across the A4304 between Husbands Bosworth & Theddingworth at 11:00.

Burbage: 7 Waxwings in the Rugby Road/Brookside area.

Thursday 2nd

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe, Black-necked Grebe & Great White Egret, North Arm.

Burbage: 3 Waxwings, Woodfield Road, 09:00 - 09:45.

Whissendine: 2 Bramblings just east of the village in Ashwell Road (also one there yesterday).

Wednesday 1st

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal back in the North Arm, also 3 Black-necked Grebes. 19 Smew (9 drakes) around the reserve.

JANUARY 2017

Tuesday 31st

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; 2 Slav & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 5 Great White Egrets & 14 Smew around the reserve.

Monday 30th

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal now on Lagoon 3, also 25 Red-crested Pochards & Great White Egret there; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm east of Old Hall & 13+ Smew around the reserve (mostly Lagoon 2/3/Lapwing hide area).

Albert Village Tip: juv Glaucous Gull still, also 13 Waxwings by the bridge this afternoon.

Owston: still 15+ Bramblings in the churchyard.

Sunday 29th

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal still, North Arm, in the bay to the right of the point east of the end of the road past Fishponds Cottage. Also Slav Grebe still in North Arm & adult Iceland Gull, Lagoon 4 this evening.

Stanford Res: Long-tailed Duck still.

Albert Village Tip: juv Glaucous Gull.

Groby Pool: no sign of Firecrest today, but 2 Waxwings at Newtown Linford cemetery this morning.

Saturday 28th

Groby Pool: Firecrest again this afternoon, but mobile. See Tuesday's update below for directions. NB the start of the footpath (SK519093) is opposite Newtown Linford cemetery, not Groby as it said previously!

Shawell A5 Lagoons: juv Glaucous Gull again this morning.

Albert Village Tip: juv Iceland Gull & 2 juv Glaucous Gulls this morning.

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal & Whimbrel just east of the anglers' car park in the North Arm, also 2+ Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 33 Red-crested Pochards, 3 Smew, Bittern & 3 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 3; 2 drake Scaup, 4 Smew & 1 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3.

Hinckley: 30+ Waxwings in car park of HJ Hall & Son, at the town end of Coventry Road, down from the car wash.

Friday 27th

Shawell A5 Lagoons: juv Glaucous Gull this afternoon.

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebes & Great White Egret, North Arm.

Wednesday 25th

Groby Pool: Firecrest again behind the pool this morning - directions as yesterday, but the bird was on the right of the path today.

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal still in Dickinson's Bay, North Arm; female Ruddy Duck, 18 Red-crested Pochards & 9 Smew, South Arm 3; redhead Smew & 3 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 3.

Albert Village Tip: juv Iceland Gull & 2 juv Glaucous Gulls.

Owston: 30+ Bramblings in the churchyard this morning.

Tuesday 24th

Groby Pool: Firecrest behind the pool - from Newtown Linford Cemetery, cross the road and follow the footpath that leads to the back of the pool; at the end of the track go over the stile and down the hill to the dell with silver birches on the left.

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal, still North Arm, also Slav Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebes; 2 Bitterns, Lagoon 3 & 5 Great White Egrets arouind the reserve.

Monday 23rd

Rutland Water: 14 Smew & 30 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; Slav Grebe still, Dickinson's Bay, North Arm; 3 Bitterns, Lagoon 3.

South Wigston: 30 Waxwings in Countesthorpe Road by St Mary's Church this morning.

Sunday 22nd

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, female Scaup & Red-crested Pochard, South Arm 3 (Gadwall/Fieldfare hides); Slav & Black-necked Grebe still, North Arm + 4 Great White Egrets.

Eyebrook Res: pair of Smew off the Plantation, also adult Med Gull & 2 Stonechats at the inflow

Saturday 21st

Rutland Water: 7 Whooper Swans, Lagoon 4 this morning; Red-necked Grebe & female Scaup, South Arm 3; Slav Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Shawell A5 Lagoons: juv Iceland Gull & juv Glaucous Gull this morning.

Albert Village Tip: 2 juv Glaucous Gulls.

Stanford Res: Long-tailed Duck still.

Loughborough: 18 Waxwings, Forest Road/Woodbrook Way, also 9 still in Epinal Way at the Allendale Road roundabout.

Friday 20th

Rutland Water: Slav & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, 7 Scaup & female Ruddy Duck, South Arm 3; c20 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; 5+ Great White Egrets & 9+ Smew around the reserve.

Stanford Res: Long-tailed Duck still.

Albert Village Tip: juv Glaucous Gull still, also redhead Smew on AV Lake.

Leighfield Fishponds: 17 Whooper Swans flew north-west at 09:40.

Thursday 19th

Leicester: c70 Waxwings this afternoon outside Prince Philip House, St Matthews (Malabar Road/Arnold Street, off A47 Humberstone Road).

Wednesday 18th

Albert Village Tip: 3 juv Glaucous Gulls.

Rutland Water: 1st-winter Med Gull, Lagoon 4.

Leicester: c35 Waxwings outside Prince Philip House, St Matthews at 16:00, then flew towards Madras Road. Also 26 Waxwings in Parker Drive (off Blackbird Road) this morning.

Tuesday 17th

Rutland Water: 7 Whooper Swans, North Arm, also 3 Black-necked & 2 Slav Grebes still; Red-necked Grebe, 5 Scaup & 3 Smew, South Arm 3; 9 Smew, Lagoon 2 & 5+ Great White Egrets around the reserve.

Albert Village Tip: 2 juv Glaucous Gulls still.

Leicester: 12+ Waxwings at the junction of Carlton Street & Oxford Street late morning.

Market Harborough: 1 Waxwing in Granville Street.

[Also just outside the county boundary, 11 Waxwings in Stamford on Ryhall Road between the hospital and Homebase/Curry's car park]

Monday 16th

Manton: 2 Waxwings in gardens off Stocks Hill at midday.

Sunday 15th

Albert Village Lake/Tip: 2 juv Glaucous Gulls still this morning, but no sign of the Iceland Gull.

Earl Shilton: 20+ Waxwings, Elmdale Road/Cedar Road this afternoon.

Hinckley: 4 Waxwings in Lossiemouth Road.

Eyebrook Res: drake Smew south of the island.

Saturday 14th

Albert Village Lake/Tip: adult Iceland Gull, adult & 2 juv Glaucous Gulls this morning.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, drake Scaup & female Ruddy Duck, South Arm 3; 3 Slav Grebes & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 2 Bitterns, Lagoon 3, also 11 Smew around the reserve, and an unconfirmed report of 7 Great White Egrets, although not sure how accurate that is. They do move around a lot!

Eyebrook Res: 7 Smew.

Leicester: still 4 Waxwings in Newport Street.

Friday 13th

Rutland Water: 2 Slav & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Ruddy Duck & Scaup, South Arm 3; Bittern, Lagoon 3, also 3+ Great White Egrets, 8+ Smew & 18 Red-crested Pochards around the reserve.

Loughborough: 70 + Waxwings in Park Road, also up to 40 in Thirlmere Drive area.

Leicester: 4 Waxwings in Pool Road/Newport Street behind Tesco Express.

Thursday 12th

Rutland Water: 2 Hawfinches reported by Redshank hide, Lagoon 2, also Green-winged Teal, Whimbrel (in field by the anglers' car park), 2 Slav Grebes & Black-necked Grebe, North Arm, but no reports of Surf Scoter today.

Albert Village Tip: 2 juv Glaucous Gulls.

Loughborough: 52 Waxwings around Thirlmere Drive/Watermead Lane off Nanpantan Road, also 20 still in Epinal Way.

Wednesday 11th

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still in the North Arm.

Shawell A5 Lagoons: juv Glaucous Gull this morning.

Burbage: 40+ Waxwings by the playing fields between Rugby Road/Brookside & the railway line.

Loughborough: 20+ Waxwings in Epinal Way.

Hinckley: c25 Waxwings by the entrance to the National Grid offices on Coventry Road.

Tuesday 10th

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter now in the North Arm, also drake Green-winged Teal, Slav & Black-necked Grebes, Whimbrel & Great White Egrets. Also 96 Pink-footed Geese flew south-east this morning & 17 Smew around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: 5 Whooper Swans again at the inflow from 13:15 - 14:30 when they flew south. Also 2 Stonechats.

Asfordby: c200 Pink-footed Geese flew high east at10:45.

Leicester: 10 Waxwings still in Blackbird Road, near Blackbird News this morning at least.

Monday 9th

Rutland Water: Slav & Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm, also 4 Great White Egrets. No reports of Surf Scoter or Green-winged Teal today.

Leicester: 12 Waxwings around Dysart Way/Kashmir Road, St Matthews, also 10 (different as seen around the same time) around the junction of Devonshire Road/Blackbird Road.

Melton Mowbray: 3 Waxwings at the train station at 10:09, then flew north when flushed by a Sparrowhawk.

Sunday 8th

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam; Green-winged Teal, Slav Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, Common Scoter & 3 Scaup, South Arm 3; 3+ Great White Egrets around the reserve.

Hinckley: 20+ Waxwings still around the A47 Triumph roundabout, also getting in Cromarty Drive on the housing estate.

Oakham: 12 Waxwings still in Graffham Drive, dropped to 11 after a Sparrowhawk went through!

Countesthorpe: 1 Waxwing in Buckingham Road.

Saturday 7th

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam; Green-winged Teal, Slav Grebe & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & 3 Scaup, South Arm 3; 8 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; 5 Great White Egrets & 6+ Smew around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: adult Glaucous Gull (not a big Iceland as originally thought - see photos opposite) north of the island from c15:05 - 15:25, when it flew off north, also 4 Red-crested Pochards south of the island.

Sence Valley FP: 5 Whooper Swans on Stonebridge Pool.

Oakham: 12 Waxwings in Graffham Drive.

Hinckley: 4 Waxwings stiill by the Triumph factory, but very few/no berries left.

Friday 6th

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam & drake Green-winged Teal, North Arm, but no reports of the Cattle Egret today. Hawfinch briefly on feeders behind the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, but no further sign.

Eyebrook Res: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull south of the island from 15:30 (presumably the same bird seen on the 4th) also probable female Ring-necked Duck off the plantation shore, distantly from the gate below Holyoaks Farm, but hybrid not ruled out. Also 2 drake Smew, 4 Red-crested Pochards & 2 Stonechats.

Hinckley: now 44 Waxwings by the Triumph factory on the A47.

Thursday 5th

Rutland Water: Cattle Egret around the Egleton reserve this afternoon - on Lagoon 1 till 15:45, then flew off north, possibly to roost at the Fishponds. First-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam; drake Green-winged Teal, Slav Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebes & 3 Great White Egrets, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, 4+ Scaup & 4 Smew, South Arm 3.

Twyford: possible Rough-legged Buzzard reported along the minor road to Marefield (and has apparently been around for several days). It was looked for this afternoon, but no sign of either it or any pale Common Buzzards, so remains unconfirmed. Update - I've been reminded that a white-tailed buzzard sp, most likely a Common Buzzard, was seen in this area last October, so whatever it is has probably been there for seeral months at least.

A useful video reference for identifying Rough-legged Buzzard can been seen here:

https://www.bto.org/about-birds/bird-id/bto-bird-id-winter-buzzards-common-and-rough-legged

Eyebrook Res: 5 Whooper Swans at the inflow from 14:30 - 15:50 when they flew off south.

Hinckley: 26 Waxwings still by the Triumph factory on the A47.

Loughborough: 16 Waxwings still in Thirlmere Drive.

Sence Valley FP: 5 Whooper Swans still.

Wednesday 4th

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam.

Eyebrook Res: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull south of the island this evening, also female Scaup north of the island & 2 Stonechats.

Church Langton: 10 Waxwings flew north over the school early afternoon.

Hinckley: 24 Waxwings still by the Triumph factory.

Loughborough: 14 Waxwings still in Thirlmere Drive.

Tuesday 3rd

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam; Red-necked Grebe, 2 drake Smew, 4 Scaup & 12 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; Whimbrel, Old Hall; 3 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great White Egrets & 2 Smew, North Arm/Fishponds.

Hinckley: 25 Waxwings still by the Triumph factory roundabout on the A47 - DO NOT park in the factory entrance road.

Loughborough: 15 Waxwings still around Thirlmere Drive off Nanpantan Road, also 12 in Warwick Way.

Monday 2nd

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam; Red-necked Grebe, Slav Grebe, female Scaup, female Common Scoter & 9 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; Slav Grebe & 3 Black-necked Grebe, North Arm/Fishponds, but no reports of Green-winged Teal today; 4 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 3; 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1; up to 5 Great White Egrets and 10+ Smew around the reserve.

Welby: ringtail Hen Harrier, but no details of exactly where or when.

Oakham: 22+ Waxwings, Graffham Drive/Braunston Road.

Loughborough: 26 Waxwings, Thirlmere Drive/Nanpantan Road & 4 in Sainsbury's car park.

Sence valley FP: 3+ Whooper Swans still.

Swithland Res: Pink-footed Goose still on the north side with Greylags. Nearby, Green Sandpiper on the dam at Cropston Res.

Sunday 1st

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam; drake Green-winged Teal, Slav Grebe & 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: juv Glaucous Gull again south of the island from 16:15 - 16:23 when it flew off north, Also Green Sandpiper & 27 Dunlin.

Loughborough: 23 Waxwings in Thirlmere Drive.

Hinckley: 1 Waxwing in trees by the A47/Roston Drive roundabout opposite the Triumph factory.

Kibworth Beauchamp: 1 Waxwing in High Street at midday.

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