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Hen Harrier
Kelham Bridge
4th December 2016
© Tim Parsons

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Waxwing
Loughborough
14th November 2016
© Stuart King

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Waxwing
Lyddington
13th November 2016
© Phil Rogers

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Great Grey Shrike,
Oakham
8th November 2016
© Terry Mitcham

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Tundra Bean Goose,
Rutland Water
21st October 2016
© Ian Merrill

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1st-winter Med Gull,
Albert Village Lake
2nd October 2016
© Ian Merrill

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Glossy Ibis,
Cossington Meadows
11th October 2016
© Tim Matthews

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Glossy Ibis,
Cossington Meadows
10th October 2016
© Stuart King

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Glossy Ibis,
Cossington Meadows
8th October 2016
© Alan Horsley

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Female Ruddy Duck,
Rutland Water
4th October 2016
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Great White Egret,
Rutland Water
22nd September 2016
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American Wigeon,
Cossington Meadows
13th September 2016
© Mike Belson

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American Wigeon,
Cossington Meadows
9th September 2016
© Stuart King

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American Wigeon,
Cossington Meadows
8th September 2016
© Paul Fossey

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Gannet,
Thornton Res
24th August 2016
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Gannet,
Thornton Res
22nd August 2016
© Stuart King

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DECEMBER

Friday 9th

Cossington Meadows: Siberian Chiffchaff by the first metal gate on the path to Rectory Marsh (Andy Forryan).

Rutland Water: Long-tailed Duck, 3 Black-necked Grebes, redhead Smew & 2 Great White Egrets, North Arm; Great Northern Diver at the dam; Red-necked Grebe & Great White Egret, South Arm 3; 3 Scaup, South Arm 1.

Eyebrook Res: 3 redhead Smew, 38 Dunlin & 2 Stonechats.

Thursday 8th

Rutland Water: Long-tailed Duck, Slav Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes, drake & redhead Smew, 3 Great White Egrets & 50 Dunlin, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, Fieldfare hide; Slav Grebe, Gadwall hide; 2 Knot & 1 Dunlin, Goldeenye hide; Great White Egret & 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1.

Wednesday 7th

Wymondham: male Hen Harrier flew south towards Teigh at 10:55.

Rutland Water: Long-tailed Duck, Slav Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebes, redhead Smew, Pink-footed Goose & 2 Great White Egrets, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3; 3 Dunlin, Old Hall.

Hicks Lodge: Jack Snipe on the island.

Cossington Meadows: Short-eared Owl, Swan Meadow at 16:15.

Eyebrook Res: Green Sandpiper, Stonechat & 10 Dunlin.

Tuesday 6th

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver still at the dam, 4 redhead Smew, Lagoon 2 + 3 Great White Egrets still around the reserve.

North Kilworth: Merlin along the road to Kimcote this afternoon.

Monday 5th

Rutland Water: 2 Bitterns & redhead Smew, Lagoon 3.

Hicks Lodge: 1 Jack Snipe.

Sunday 4th

Kelham Bridge: ringtail Hen Harrier at 11:30, then the same bird an hour later near the hide at Longmoor Lake.

Eyebrook Res: 6 (yes, six!) Jack Snipe at the inflow, 3 on each side, and all visible from the viewing 'bunker' this afternoon. Also 3 Green Sandpipers.

Saturday 3rd

Rutland Water: female Long-tailed Duck, Slav Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm; Great Northern Diver at the dam.

Eyebrook Res: no sign of Glaucous Gull in the roost, but 1st-winter Little Gull north of the island this evening, also 1st-winter drake Scaup & 4 Smew (2 drakes) still.

Friday 2nd

Rutland Water: female Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes & redhead Smew, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: juv Glaucous Gull again north of the island this evening, also 4 Smew (2 drakes) still off Stoke Dry car park, 1st-winter drake Scaup north of the island & 6 Dunlin at the inflow.

Thursday 1st

Rutland Water: female Long-tailed Duck, Pink-footed Goose, redhead Smew, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great White Egrets & 34 Dunlin, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe east of Old Hall, South Arm; 2 female/imm Scaup, South Arm 3; Great Northern Diver at the dam; 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1.

NOVEMBER

Wednesday 30th

Rutland Water: Long-tailed Duck, North Arm (a female, not the previous, long-staying male that was last reported a month ago), also 2 Black-necked Grebes & 2 Great White Egrets.

Eyebrook Res: drake & 2 redhead Smew, 3 Green Sandpipers & 25 Dunlin.

Watermead CP Birstall: Glossy Ibis roosted with Cormorants again this evening.

Tuesday 29th

Rutland Water: Slav & 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 redhead Smew & 3 Great White Egrets, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe off Old Hall.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Smew (2 drakes), 1st-winter drake Scaup, 3 Green Sandpipers, 26 Dunlin & 1+ Stonechat.

Watermead CP North: Glossy Ibis flew over King Lear's Lake towards WCP Birstall at 16:20, presumably the Cossington Meadows bird.

Cossington Meadows: Short-eared Owl briefly over the Moor early afternoon, then Swan Meadow at 16:20.

Monday 28th

Rutland Water: Slav & Black-necked Grebes, redhead Smew, 4 Great White Egrets & 29 Dunlin, North Arm; Great Northern Diver at the dam; Red-necked Grebe & drake Scaup, South Arm 3; female Common Scoter, South Arm 1.

Eyebrook Res: juv Glaucous Gull north of the island this evening, also female Common Scoter south of the island.

Cossington Meadows: Short-eared Owl again on Swan Meadow at 16:20.

Stanford Res: Firecrest still with tit flock in permit-holders only area.

Sunday 27th

Rutland Water: Slav & Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm, also 3 Great White Egrets & 26 Dunlin; 2 Great Northern Divers at the dam; Red-necked Grebe & 2 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; Great White Egret & 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1.

Stanford Res: Firecrest with a mobile tit flock on the Leics side in an area only accessible by permit holders, also Jack Snipe, Scaup & 3 Common Scoters.

Cossington Meadows: Short-eared Owl again on Swan Meadow this afternoon.

North Luffenham: 14 Waxwings in bushes along the railway line, but could not be relocated later in the day.

Saturday 26th

Rutland Water: 4 Great White Egrets, North Arm/Fishponds.

Wymeswold: Short-eared Owl flushed from a rough field c1/2 mile south-east of the village this afternoon.

Cossington Meadows: Short-eared Owl, Swan Meadow at 16:15, also 2+ Whooper/Bewick's Swans on Tern Pool - any confirmed ID for these would be welcome.

Morcott: 25+ Waxwings flew north over the A47 at c13:45.

Eyebrook Res: unconfirmed report of a Red-necked Grebe off Stoke Dry car park this morning, but no further sign in an extensive search by several people.

Melton Mowbray: 10 Pink-footed Geese flew west at 07:55.

Late news for Wednesday 23rd: 25 Waxwings flew over Freemen's Common, Leicester.

Friday 25th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe & drake Scaup, South Arm 3; 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1.

Thursday 24th

Rutland Water: redhead Smew, South Arm 3.

Groby Pool: Common Redpoll in flock of 60 - 80 redpolls along the footpath north of the pool, heading towards Newtown Linford.

Wednesday 23rd

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood: Snow Bunting this morning along the stony track on the east side of the site, east of the hide.

Rutland Water: 2 Great Northern Divers at the dam; Red-breasted Merganser, Slav Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Pink-footed Goose & 3 Great White Egrets, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & 3 female Common Scoters, South Arm 3; Great White Egret, Lagoon 1.

Tuesday 22nd

Rutland Water: 2 female Common Scoters, South Arm; Pink-footed Goose & 3 Great White Egrets, North Arm.

Cossington Meadows: Short-eared Owl, Swan Meadow this morning, but NB Syston Road is currently flooded, as are parts of the reserve, so access is difficult.

Burley Bushes: 10 Bramblings near the Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre on Exton Lane.

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Monday 21st

No news received today.

Sunday 20th

Rutland Water: juv Great Northern Diver at the dam and an adult in South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: Brambling at Stoke Dry car park.

Saturday 19th

Stanford Res: ringtail Hen Harrier again near the settling pond this morning and flew into Leics on at least one occasion. Also female Scaup.

Eyebrook Res: Little Stint at the inflow + Brambling at the feeders from the bridge.

Swithland Res: 3 Waxwings at Rabbits Bridge this morning.

Shoby: 6 Crossbills late afternoon, then flew south.

Friday 18th

Stanford Res: ringtail Hen Harrier again near the settling pond (mostly on the Northants side), also 7 Whooper Swans (2 juveniles) near the inflow and a Merlin in the area.

Rutland Water: Slav Grebe, North Arm, also Black-necked Grebe reported still present, Pink-footed Goose, Whimbrel & 3 Great White Egrets. And a 4th Great White Egret, Lagoon 2. Red-necked Grebe still, South Arm 3; Short-eared Owl, Lagoon 3/Filter Bed.

Loughborough: 4 Waxwings still in Packe Street.

Thursday 17th

Stanford Res: ringtail Hen Harrier again this morning near the settling pond at the inflow end.

Wednesday 16th

South Kilworth: ringtail Hen Harrier again at 09:45 - NB the area where it seems to spend most of its time, south of the old railway line around SP619813, is in Northants, but the bird did fly in from the Leics side of the boundary this morning.

Rutland Water: Pink-footed Goose, Black-necked Grebe, Black-tailed Godwit & 46 Dunlin, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe still, South Arm 3, also 4 Great White Egrets around the reserve (North Arm/South Arm 3).

Outwoods: male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker with tits & Goldrcrests along the eastern edge of the wood.

Loughborough: 4 Waxwings still in Packe Street.

Tuesday 15th

Rutland Water: Pink-footed Goose, Black-necked Grebe, Whimbrel & Great White Egret, North Arm; Water Pipit & Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3.

Loughborough: 4 Waxwings still in Packe Street.

Monday 14th

Loughborough: 4 Waxwings still in Packe Street.

Sunday 13th

South Kilworth: ringtail Hen Harrier south of the old railway line at c.13:00, heading west.

Longmoor Lake: Short-eared Owl south of the hide at 11:30.

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, drake Scaup & 3 Great White Egrets, South Arm 3; Stonechat, Lagoon 1; Black-tailed Godwit & 22 Dunlin, Lagoon 3; female Ruddy Duck, Fishponds.

Billesdon/Tilton: 90+ Waxwings flew west in 2 flocks over the A47/B6047 crossroads late morning.

Lyddington: 8 Waxwings still in Windmill Way till 12:41 when they flew off south, and no further sign in the next hour at least.

Loughborough: 4 Waxwings still in Iceland car park, Packe Street.

Cropston Res: adult Med Gull & Dunlin at the inflow.

Saturday 12th

Lyddington: 8 Waxwings in Windmill Way.

Loughborough: 1 Waxwing still in Packe Street.

Friday 11th

Saddington Res: report of a Firecrest with tit flock south of the sailing club near the stream at 07:50.

Oakham: Great Grey Shrike again this morning.

Lyddington: 6 Waxwings in Windmill Way.

Loughborough: 3 Waxwings at the Iceland car park in Packe Street this afternoon.

Swithland Res: redhead Smew on the north side.

Rutland Water: Black-tailed Godwit & 4 Dunlin, North Arm.

Burrough Hill: 1 Brambling this morning.

Thursday 10th

Oakham: No sign of Great Grey Shrike today.

Rutland Water: Ruff, 5 Green Sandpipers, 2 Dunlin & 2 Stonechats, Manton bay; 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1.

Wednesday 9th

Oakham: Great Grey Shrike still north of Burley Park Way at SK863106, where the footpath goes over a wooden bridge just south of the old canal.

Swithland Res: Knot & 2 Dunlin on the north side.

Rutland Water: Common Scoter, 2 Black-necked Grebes, Whimbrel, 2 Great White Egrets & female Ruddy Duck, North Arm.

Hicks Lodge: 3 Stonechats.

Tuesday 8th

Oakham: Great Grey Shrike north of the bypass, near the canal, but elusive.

Rutland Water: 2 Black-necked Grebes, Whimbrel, Common Scoter & 2 Great White Egrets, North Arm.

Monday 7th

Deans Lane: 20+ Bramblings, also 2 at the north end of Beacon Hill.

Cropston Res: Green Sandpiper on the dam.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Stonechats.

For Sale page updated with some digiscoping gear and a camera bag.

Sunday 6th

Shepshed: 6 Waxwings in a garden this morning.

Green Hill, Priory Lane (opposite Benscliffe Wood): c20 Bramblings at SK510128.

Beacon Hill: 8 Bramblings north of the summit, also 23+ at West Beacon.

Saturday 5th

Aylestone Meadows: Great White Egret at Freemen's Weir/Lock, near the King Power Stadium.

Late news for yesterday: adult Night Heron reported near the ruins in Bradgate Park at 16:30, but no sign when looked for today.

Friday 4th

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, Whimbrel & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe & 2 Great White Egrets, South Arm 3.

Thursday 3rd

Leicester: Waxwing in Raw Dykes Road this afternoon.

Rutland Water: Water Pipit, Lagoon 4.

Wednesday 2nd

No news received for today.

Tuesday 1st

Rutland Water: Water Pipit still, Lagoon 3; Great White Egret & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Sence Valley Forest Park: female Scaup, Horseshoe Lake.

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