RUT­LAND

Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings August - Terry Mitcham

HIGH­LIGHTS:

Rut­land Water held four Great White Egrets (from 11th), a Long-tailed Duck

(from 16th), Red-necked Grebe (from 23rd) and 11 Shags (31st). A Night­jar was in an Up­ping­ham gar­den (25th).

RUT­LAND WATER:

Four Gar­ganey were present (4th) with seven Red-crested Pochards (23rd). The count (16th) pro­duced 713 Gad­wall, 2,436 Tufted Ducks, 398 Great Crested Grebes, 70 Lit­tle Egrets and 10 Water Rails. Three Marsh Har­ri­ers were present (to 19th) with Hob­bies daily and a Pere­grine (16th). There was a Knot (16th), two Curlew Sand­pipers (21st), Turn­stones (2nd & 16th), a Wood Sand­piper (12th-24th), Whim­brel (2nd-24th) and Black-tailed God­wit, plus fre­quent Common and Green Sand­pipers, Ruff, Green­shanks, Ringed Plovers and Lit­tle Ringed Plovers. Six Caspian Gulls, 130 Yel­low-legged Gulls and two Med Gulls (13th-18th) were logged. Twelve Black Terns were present (20th) with an Arc­tic Tern (21st). A Whin­chat and five Swifts were noted (20th). There was a Red­start (30th). A Red­wing (10th) was un­sea­sonal.

OTHER SITES:

A Man­darin and Pin­tail were at Fort Henry Ponds (22nd). Hob­bies were in Ex­ton Park (22nd), Fort Henry (27th) and a likely breed­ing site (29th). Common Sand­pipers were at Ban­thorpe GP and Fort Henry Ponds (22nd). Green Sand­pipers were at Leigh­field Fish­ponds (6th) and Ban­thorpe (22nd). A Green­shank was at Leigh­field Fish­ponds (24th). An early Wheatear was at Luf­fen­ham Air­field (11th) with oth­ers at Leigh­field and Martin­sthorpe (from 14th). Whin­chats were at Fort Henry (28th) and Stret­ton (29th). Red­starts passed through Leigh­field (9th-30th) with two (18th). Tree Pip­its flew over Leigh­field (10th-30th).

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