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

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Gannet,
Thornton Res
22nd August 2016
© Rosie Thompson

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Gannet,
Thornton Res
22nd August 2016
© Andy Smith

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juv White-winged Black Tern,
Watermead CP
21st August 2016
© Jim Graham

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Drake Long-tailed Duck,
Rutland Water
17th August 2016
© David Scott

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Great White Egret,
Rutland Water
4th August 2016
© Richard Pegler

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Great White Egret,
Rutland Water
24th July 2016
© Steve McAusland

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Adult Roseate Tern,
Rutland Water
12th July 2016
© Andy Mackay
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Short-eared Owl,
Eyebrook Res
8th July 2016
© Andy Mackay

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Nightjar,
Melton Mowbray
27th May 2016
© Robert Potter

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Spoonbills,
Rutland Water
30th May 2016
© Richard Bayldon
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Whimbrel,
Cropston Res
15th May 2016
© Stuart King

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Whimbrels,
Cropston Res
15th May 2016
© Paul Burton

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Wheatear,
Longmoor Lake
1st May 2016
© Rhys Dandy

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Whimbrel,
Rutland Water
20th April 2016
© Monica Shooter

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AUGUST

Saturday 27th

Cropston Res: Black Tern.

Eyebrook Res: Whinchat, Ruff, Greenshank & Dunlin at the inflow.

Friday 26th

Cropston Res: 3 Redstarts and 1 Whinchat along Causeway Lane, also Green Sandpiper at the inflow and 3 Greenshanks from the dam.

Thornton Res: Gannet still present late afternoon at least, also 3 Redstarts in hedge along the stony bank (east end of reservoir).

Rutland Water: 16 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 3 + 3 Great White Egrets flew over this evening.

Eyebrook Res: Whinchat, Greenshank, Ruff & 2 Dunlin.

Great Glen: Wheatear at the end of Orchard Lane.

Thursday 25th

Thornton Res: Gannet still present.

Rutland Water: Garganey & drake Scaup, Dickinson's Bay, North Arm.

Shoby: Tree Pipit briefly this morning then flew south.

Wednesday 24th

Thornton Res: Gannet still, flying around occasionally and being hand-fed fish at the duck feeding area! (photos to come tomorrow)

Rutland Water: Long-tailed Duck still off Lyndon, also Black Tern, Black-tailed Godwit & Greenshank; Wood Sandpiper, 8 Ruff, 6 Green Sandpipers, 3 Black-tailed Godwits & Greenshank, Lagoon 3; 2 Great White Egrets & 3 Greenshanks, Lagoon 1; Whimbrel, 3 Greenshanks, 7 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpipers & 1 Common Sandpiper, North Arm.

Hicks Lodge: Redstart & Wheatear.

Tuesday 23rd

Thornton Res: Gannet still present at dusk, flying around occasionally and has been seen feeding, so seems to be recovering!

Rutland Water: summer-plumaged Red-necked Grebe, North Arm, off the end of Tim's road (presumed returning bird from last winter). Also Wood Sandpiper, Lagoon 3.

Bradgate Park: male Redstart & Whinchat around the Anstey gate.

Grimston: juv Cuckoo.

Melton Mowbray: Wheatear at the Mars Petcare factory.

Monday 22nd

Watermead CP North: juv White-winged Black Tern still, King Lear's Lake early morning, then flew off south and no further reports all day.

Thornton Res: Gannet still present at 18:00 at least.

Rutland Water: 2 juv Black Terns, South Arm.

Bradgate Park: at least one male Redstart still around the Anstey gate.

Sunday 21st

Watermead CP North: juv White-winged Black Tern, mostly on King Lear's Lake, but also went to Worcester Lake, WCP Birstall for a while. Nearby, Ruff & 3 Green Sandpipers, Wanlip Meadows, and Garganey at Cossington Meadows on the Tern Pool.

Thornton Res: adult Gannet on the water this evening, viewable from the car park, also Osprey over.

Croft Hill: Pied Flycatcher.

Rutland Water: drake Long-tailed Duck still from Teal hide, Lyndon reserve; 2 Curlew Sandpipers, Shallow Water hide + 5 Black Terns & Arctic Tern, South Arm & 2+ Great White Egrets still around the reserve.

Cropston Res/Bradgate Park: 4 Redstarts around the Anstey gate, also Whinchat along Causeway Lane & 3 Greenshanks, LRP, Green Sandpiper & 6 Common Sandpipers around the reservoir.

Saturday 20th

Rutland Water: 12 Black Terns, lagoon 1 this evening, (also 1 in South Arm 3 earlier); drake Long-tailed Duck still east of Teal hide, Lyndon reserve; Wood Sandpiper, 3 Garganey, 6 Greenshanks, 15 Green Sandpipers, 4 Red-crested Pochards & 3 Common Sandpipers, Lagoon 3, and 3 Great White Egrets still around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: Little Stint, 4 Greenshanks, 3 Ruff, 2 LRPs, Dunlin & Green Sandpiper.

Cropston Res: 3 Greenshanks & 5 Common Sandpipers from the dam.

Friday 19th

Rutland Water: drake Long-tailed Duck still east of Teal hide, Lyndon reserve; Wood Sandpiper, Garganey, 4 Ruff , 6 Greenshanks, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 20+ Green Sandpipers & Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3; 2 Black Terns, Lapwing hide; 2 LRPs, Lagoon 4, also 3 Great White Egrets still around the reserve.

Stanford Res: Little Tern.

Eyebrook Res: Marsh Harrier, 4 Greenshanks, 4 Dunlin, 2 LRPs & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Cropston Res: 4 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper & Ringed Plover all at the inflow.

Thursday 18th

Rutland Water: drake Long-tailed Duck still east of Teal hide, Lyndon reserve, also 4 Great White Egrets still around Egleton reserve.

Eyebrook Res: Little Stint, Greenshank, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, LRP, 3 Dunlin & Marsh Harrier.

Leighfield: 2 male Redstarts in hedge along the northern track this morning.

Wednesday 17th

Rutland Water: drake Long-tailed Duck still east of Teal hide, Lyndon reserve, also 3 Great White Egrets, Marsh Harrier & 2 Ruff, Lagoon 1; 3 Greenshanks, 2 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwits & 11 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3.

Wanlip Meadows: Greenshank, Ruff & 8 Green Sandpipers.

Tuesday 16th

Rutland Water: drake Long-tailed Duck off Lyndon Centre (NB this bird is in wing moult and completely flightless, so will be around for a while!), also 2 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 1; 2 Turnstones, Lagoon 4; 2 Garganey, 4 Red-crested Pochards, 6 Greenshanks & 17 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3 + a Ferruginous Duck hybrid, Lagoon 2.

Cropston Res: 1 Common Sandpiper.

Monday 15th

Eyebrook Res: Marsh Harrier, 4 Ruff & 2 Dunlin.

Beacon Hill: Redstart on the east side of the hill.

Rutland Water: 3 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 1.

Sunday 14th

Rutland Water: 2+ Wood Sandpipers reported, also Garganey & 4 Great White Egrets still around the reserve.

Cropston Res: juv Med Gull on railings at the dam this morning, also 3 Common Sandpipers.

Wanlip Meadows: Greenshank, 2 Common Sadnpipers & 9 Green Sandpipers.

Saturday 13th

Rutland Water: Marsh Harrier, 2 Great White Egrets & Black-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 1; female Red-crested Pochard, South Arm 3; Great White Egret, 2 juv Marsh Harriers, Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwits & 16 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3; LRP, 8 Ringed Plovers & Common Sandpiper, Lagoon 4; Green Sandpiper, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper & 3 Dunlin at the inflow.

Wanlip Meadows: LRP. Common Sandpiper & 10 Green Sandpipers.

Abbey Park, Leicester: Wheatear at the Abbey ruins.

Friday 12th

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper with 12 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3, also at least one Great White Egret around the reserve.

Thursday 11th

Rutland Water: 4 Great White Egrets around the reserve today, also Garganey, Greenshank & Black-tailed Godwit, Manton Bay; 2 Marsh Harriers (Lagoon 1 & 2); 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank & Common Sandpiper, Lagoon 3; 8 Ringed Plovers, 3 Common Sandpipers & 3 Dunlin, Lagoon 4; Black-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 1.

Luffenham Airfield: 1 Wheatear.

Wednesday 10th

Rutland Water: A very unseasonal Redwing today, seen well by one of the reserve staff along the service road behind Mallard hide.

Little Stretton: Redstart along the road to the car park at the pool.

Syston: Marsh Harrier flew over the A46 near the Hobby Horse roundabout from Watermead CP North towards Cossington at 10:10.

Leighfield: Tree Pipit flew over.

Tuesday 9th

Rutland Water: Garganey, Manton Bay; 2 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 1 & a third bird on Lagoon 6; Marsh Harrier, lagoon 1; Greenshank & 12 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 3.

Leighfield: 1 Redstart.

Eyebrook Res: 6 Black-tailed Godwits & 1 Dunlin.

Monday 8th

Thornton Res: 2 Redstarts from gate at the eastern end of the dam, in first hedge up the slope.

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets & Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 1; Whimbrel & 2 Green Sandpipers, Wet Meadow; Marsh Harrier flew over South Arm 1 towards Manton Bay; female Red-crested Pochard, Goldeneye hide.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Black-tailed Godwits & 4 Dunlin at the inflow.

Saturday 6th

Eyebrook Res: Great White Egret at the inflow, also Marsh Harrier over early afternoon, 3 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpipers & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets still, Egleton reserve (present at the same time as the Eyebrook bird); Little Stint, Lagoon 4.

Friday 5th

Rutland Water: 2 Marsh Harriers, Lagoon 1; 2 Whimbrels, Black-tailed Godwit & 3 Green Sandpipers, Wet Meadow.

Thursday 4th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Lagoon 1; 4 Garganey, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: Black-tailed Godwit & 5 Dunlin.

Cropston Res: 3 Common Sandpipers on the dam.

Wednesday 3rd

Rutland Water: 2 Great White Egrets, Lagoon 1.

Tuesday 2nd

Rutland Water: probably both Great White Egrets still around the reserve, but mobile - reports today from Lagoon 3, Lagoon 6 & Heron Bay. 2 Garganey, 1 Whimbrel, Turnstone & 4 Dunlin, Lagoon 4; Marsh Harrier & Red-crested Pochard, Lagoon 3; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 1; also 6 Green Sandpipers & 7 Common Sandpipers around the reserve.

Eyebrook Res: Marsh Harrier this morning, also 3 Dunlin & 2 Green Sandpipers.

Monday 1st

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Lagoon 6; 2 Garganey still, Lagoon 4; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 1; 4 Green Sandpipers, Wet Meadow; Common Sandpiper, Lagoon 5.

JULY

Sunday 31st

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Lagoon 1; 2 Garganey & 6 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 4; 1+ Marsh Harrier around Egleton reserve (Lagoon 1 & 3 at least).

Wanlip Meadows: Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Green Sandpipers, 1 LRP & 1 Ringed Plover.

Eyebrook Res: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper & 1 LRP.

Saturday 30th

Kelham Bridge: 1 Green Sandpiper.

Friday 29th

Rutland Water: definitely 2 different Great White Egrets around the Egleton reserve today, one with much more yellow on the bill, also 4 Whimbrels, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 16 Dunlin, 1 LRP & 6 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4; 2 Marsh Harriers, Lagoon 1; Whimbrel & 4 Green Sandpipers, Wet Meadow.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Black-tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin & 1 Ringed Plover at the onflow.

Thursday 28th

Castle Donington: Honey Buzzard flew south-east over East Midlands Airport at 09:15.

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Lagoon 4.

Wednesday 27th

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper still, Lagoon 1; 2 Garganey, Wet Meadow + Great White Egret still around the reserve.

Tuesday 26th

Rutland Water: Wood Sandpiper, Lagoon 1; 3 Dunlin & 6 LRPs, Lagoon 4.

It appears that there may have been two different Great White Egrets around Rutland Water recently (the bird on the 15th had much more yellow on the bill than in Steve McAusland's photo opposite) - please note and report the exact bill pattern of any GWE seen if possible.

Monday 25th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret still, also 15 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 3.

Sunday 24th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret still in Heron Bay + Garganey, Wet Meadow.

Eyebrook Res: Little Stint still at the inflow.

Cossington Meadows: Whinchat, Plover Meadow; nearby, 5 Green Sandpipers & 1 Common Sandpiper, Wanlip Meadows.

Brascote Pits: 1 Common Sandpiper.

Markfield: Osprey flew south at 15:00.

Saturday 23rd

Eyebrook Res: Little Stint still at the inflow, also 4 Black-tailed Godwits & 1 Dunlin.

Rutland Water: Great White Egret still in Heron Bay.

Saturday 23rd

Eyebrook Res: Little Stint still at the inflow, also 2 Green Sandpipers.

Friday 22nd

Rutland Water: Sanderling, Lagoon 4; Whimbrel over South Arm 3 early morning + Garganey & 4 Green Sandpipers, Wet Meadow.

Eyebrook Res: Little Stint & Ruff at the inflow.

Wednesday 20th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret still, Lyndon reserve, also Black Tern, South Arm 1; 3 Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank & 6 Green Sandpipers, Lagoon 1/Wet Meadow.

Plungar: 2 Green Sandpipers by Grantham Canal

Tuesday 19th

Rutland Water: drake Scaup, Lagoon 1.

Late report for Saturday 16th of a Hoopoe at Congerstone, but no further details yet.

Also of interest, a Purple Emperor butterfly in Stretton Wood this morning.

Monday 18th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret still in Manton Bay.

Sunday 17th

Cropston Res: Osprey, also Common Sandpiper on the dam.

Brascote Pits: 1 Common Sandpiper.

Saturday 16th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Heron Bay/Lyndon reserve, but mobile, also Ringed Plover, Lagoon 4.

Friday 15th

Rutland Water: Great White Egret, Lagoon 1; Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3.

Thursday 14th

Rutland Water: Greenshank, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Dunlin & 3 Ringed Plovers, Lagoon 4.

Eyebrook Res: Med Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper & 2 Dunlin.

Tuesday 12th

Rutland Water: adult ROSEATE TERN, Lagoon 4 on and off from 09:20 till 13:30 when it flew off, then no further sign by dusk. The 4th County record (3rd live bird) and the first since 2004. Also adult Arctic Tern there; 14 Common Scoters, South Arm 3 & 2 Red-crested Pochards, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: 9 LRPs & 3 Common Sandpipers at the inflow.

Monday 11th

Rutland Water: Black-tailed Godwit & 3 LRPs, Wet Meadow.

Eyebrook Res: 3 Common Sandpipers & 5 LRPs.

Sunday 10th

Cropston Res: 3 Common Sandpipers on the dam.

Also a male Scarce Chaser photographed on the River Soar north of Kegworth today.

Saturday 9th

Rutland Water: 2 Black-tailed Godwits & 1 Green Sandpiper, Wet Meadow (NB the bird reported as a Wood Sandpiper here over the last few days is a juvenile Redshank); 1Ruff, 5 Ringed Plovers & 1 Common Sandpiper, Lagoon 4; 1Common Sandpiper, Lagoon 5; 1Green Sandpiper & 1Common Sandpiper, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: 7 LRPs, 1 Green Sandpiper & 1 Common Sandpiper at the inflow.

Friday 8th

Eyebrook Res: Short-eared Owl at the inflow from 20:55.

Also some dragonfly news since there are so few birds around at the moment - a female Scarce Chaser was seen on the River Soar near Kegworth today. This is a species which is expanding its range, so may well be present on other waterways in the county.

Thursday 7th

Eyebrook Res: Short-eared Owl again at the inflow at 19:30 then flew off north.

Wednesday 6th

Rutland Water: 17 Black-tailed Godwits, Snipe hide.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Green Sandpipers & 2 Common Sandpipers at the inflow.

Tuesday 5th

Eyebrook Res: Short-eared Owl at the inflow this evening.

Monday 4th

Swithland Res: 2 Common Sandpipers on the overflow.

Sunday 3rd

Eyebrook Res: 1 Green Sandpiper & 5 LRPs.

Cropston Res: 1 Common Sandpiper on the dam.