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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

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