HIGHLIGHTS: The Long-tailed Duck remained at Rutland Water (to 5th). Also there were three Great White Egrets, two Black-necked Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe (to 28th) and a Pectoral Sandpiper (12th-13th).
RUTLAND WATER: The count (18th) produced 2,902 Wigeon, 1,154 Gadwall, 67 Pintails, 351 Shovelers, 2,924 Tufted Ducks and a Goldeneye. There were three Red-crested Pochards (10th-11th), two Garganeys (25th-26th), a Common Scoter (20th), 46 Little Egrets, a Bittern, and seven Shags (to 7th) with one (17th). Waders included 40 Ringed Plovers, a Little Stint (17th), Curlew Sandpiper, 11 Knot (8th), nine Black-tailed Godwits (2nd), a Bar-tailed Godwit (10th-16th), Green and Common Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper (from 28th), three Spotted Redshanks, Greenshanks, 11 Turnstones and 21 Grey Plovers (20th). Two Marsh Harriers were present (24th) with four Hobbies (9th) and two Peregrines. A Black Tern was noted (14th & 17th), with Mediterranean Gulls (3rd & 18th) and six Yellow-legged Gulls (18th). A Wheatear was seen (1st) with Whinchats (6th & 12th) and a Stonechat mid-month.
OTHER SITES: There were 90 Gadwall at Fort Henry Ponds (17th) with ten Egyptian Geese there (11th), five Pintails (27th) and a Hobby and two Whinchats (11th). A Hobby was near Stretton. A Common Sandpiper was at Banthorpe GP (27th). A Wheatear was at Great Casterton (6th). Terry Mitcham