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Adult Glaucous Gull
Eyebrook Res
7th January 2017
© Andy Mackay

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Whooper Swans
Eyebrook Res
5th January 2017
© John Turner

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Surf Scoter
Rutland Water
2nd January 2017
© Toby Carter

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Juvenile Glaucous Gull
Eyebrook Res
31st December 2016
© Andy Mackay

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Surf Scoter
Rutland Water
30th December 2016
© Steve Nikols

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Surf Scoter
Rutland Water
27th December 2016
© Rod Baker

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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
© Andy Mackay

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Great White Egret,
Rutland Water
22nd September 2016
© Richard Pegler

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JANUARY 2017

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.

DECEMBER

Saturday 31st

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam; drake Green-winged Teal, Slav Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes, North arm; drake Smew & 2 Great White Egrets, fishponds.

Eyebrook Res: juv Glaucous Gull again the roost - on the spit on the south side of the island from 15:30, then flew down the reservoir to the inflow at 16:00 before flying back towards the dam. Also 3 redhead Smew off Stoke Dry car park.

Friday 30th

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam; Brent Goose, Dickinson's Bay; drake Green-winged Teal, Fishponds; Slav Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebes & 3+ Great White Egrets, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: adult Med Gull at the north end this afternoon, also 8 Smew (3 drakes).

Loughborough: 10 Waxwings still in Nanpantan Road, near the junction with Thirlmere Drive or Watermead Lane.

Great Bowden: 7 Waxwings at the Welland Valley Business Park near Wades Glass.

Thursday 29th

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam; Slav Grebe & Black-necked Grebe, North Arm; 3 Great White Egrets, Fishponds.

Eyebrook Res: juv Glaucous Gull on the ice on the west side opposite Stoke Dry this evening.

Oadby: 10 Waxwings at the junction of Florence Wragg Way & Beaufort Way this afternoon.

Loughborough: 9 Waxwings still in Nanpantan Road.

Sence valley FP: 5 Whooper Swans still.

Swithland Res: Pink-footed Goose with Greylags.

Late news for yesterday: 3 Waxwings outside the Post Office in Great Easton.

Wednesday 28th

Rutland Water: first-winter Surf Scoter still at the dam, usually with the Tufted Duck flock, and showing very well at times. 34 White-fronted Geese flew over Lagoon 4 towards North Arm; Slav Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebes & 30+ Dunlin, North Arm; 4 Great White Egrets & Green Sandpiper, Fishponds; Green Sandpiper & 3 Dunlin, Fieldfare hide.

County listers - I've updated the lists of everyone that I know has seen the Surf Scoter - please let me know if you saw it but haven't had your list updated. (NB - the Listing page has been updated this evening - if you're still seeing a previous version try refreshing the page a few times. If this still doesn't work you will need to clear your browser cache!)

Loughborough: 12 Waxwings in Nanpantan Road this afternoon.

Market Harborough: 9 Waxwings around Coventry Road/Gardiner Street/Lubenham Hill area (apparently present for c2 weeks).

Wigston Sewage Works: Siberian Chiffchaff still.

Willoughby Waterleys: Great White Egret half a mile north-west of the village along the Whetstone Brook.

Tuesday 27th

Rutland Water: first-winter SURF SCOTER (1st county record) with Tufted Duck flock at the south end of the dam this afternoon; Slav Grebe, Red-necked Grebe & female Common Scoter, South Arm; 3 Black-necked Grebes, Whimbrel, 4 Smew, 2 Great White Egrets & White-fronted Goose, North Arm.

Stanford Res: Long-tailed Duck.

Wigston Sewage Works: Siberian Chiffchaff on the east side from the footpath.

Sence Valley FP: 5 Whooper Swans still.

Burton Lazars: Short-eared Owl again at Burton Flats.

Monday 26th

Rutland Water: Red-necked Grebe, South Arm 3 (Gadwall hide), also 2 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm; 3 Black-necked Grebes, Great White Egret, redhead Smew, Black-tailed Godwit & Green Sandpiper, North Arm.

Sunday 25th

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal, Black-necked Grebe, Whimbrel, 4 Great White Egrets, redhead Smew & 21 Dunlin, North Arm.

Saturday 24th

No news received today.

Friday 23rd

Rutland Water: no reports of Green-winged Teal today. Slav Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm, also 5 Great White Egrets roosted in Burley Fishponds this evening.

Sence Valley FP: 5 Whooper Swans still.

Thursday 22nd

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal still, North Arm, also Slav Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebes & 3 Great White Egrets; Bittern, Lagoon 3; Great White Egret & 6 Smew, Lagoon 2; 3 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3.

Sence Valley FP: 5 Whooper Swans still.

Wednesday 21st

Eyebrook Res: ringtail Hen Harrier at the inflow for 20 minutes from 15:20.

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal still, North Arm, also 2 Black-necked Grebes.

Tuesday 20th

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal still, North Arm, also Slav Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebes & 3 Great White Egrets; female Long-tailed Duck now off Lyndon reserve, also Scaup there.

Sence Valley FP: 5 Whooper Swans still.

Monday 19th

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal still, North Arm this morning at least, but flushed by an apparently 'official' speedboat taking water samples, also Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver, Pink-footed Goose, 3 Black-necked Grebes & 2 Great White Egrets; 2 Scaup off Lyndon Visitor Centre; Brambling, Berrybutts Spinney & 6+ Smew around the reserve.

Sence Valley Forest Park: 5 Whooper Swans still north of the park.

Sunday 18th

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal still, North Arm, also Long-tailed Duck, Black-necked Grebe & 2 Great White Egrets; 2 Smew, Lagoon 2.

Ibstock Sewage Works: Siberian Chiffchaff still from the footpath at the end of Church View (also 5+ Common Chiffchaffs).

Sence Valley Forest Park: 5 Whooper Swans in field on the north side, viewable from the footpath north from the gated road near the River sence (also present yesterday).

Eyebrook Res: 2 Smew south of the island.

Saturday 17th

Rutland Water: drake Green-winged Teal, North Arm, also Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-necked Grebes & 3 Great White Egrets. 2 Slav Grebes (Gadwall hide) female Common Scoter & 2 Red-crested Pochards (Lapwing hide) South Arm 3; Bittern, Lagoon 3.

Burton Flats: Short-eared Owl half a mile from Burton Lazars on Sawgate Lane.

Thursday 15th

Rutland Water: 3 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great White Egrets & 42 Dunlin, North Arm; female Common Scoter & 7 Red-crested Pochards, South Arm 3; 2 redhead Smew, Lagoon 2; Great White Egret & 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1.

Also, a Nikon ED50 scope with 27x eyepiece added to the For Sale page today.

Wednesday 14th

Ibstock Sewage Works: Siberian Chiffchaff this morning in hedgerow at SK400092 - access only along the footpath at the end of Church View.

Rutland Water: Great Northern Diver & Scaup at the dam: Red-necked Grebe, South Arm; 3 Black-necked Grebes & 3 Great White Egrets, North Arm; 5 redhead Smew & Great White Egret, Lagoon 2; drake Scaup & female Common Scoter, Old Hall.

Cossington Meadows: Short-eared Owl, Swan Meadow from 15:45.

Monday 12th

Rutland Water: female Long-tailed Duck, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great White Egrets & female Ruddy Duck, North Arm; drake Scaup & female Common Scoter, South Arm 3; redhead Smew, Lagoon 2.

Sunday 11th

Rutland Water: female Long-tailed Duck, 3 Black-necked Grebes & 2 Great White Egrets, North Arm; Red-necked Grebe, Slav Grebe, 4 redhead Smew, female Ruddy Duck & Great White Egret, South Arm 3.

Saturday 10th

Rutland Water: female Long-tailed Duck & 3 Black-necked Grebes still, North Arm.

Beacon Hill: 6+ Bramblings still north-east of the summit.

Stanford Res: Firecrest still (permit holders only).

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.

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