RUT­LAND.

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OTHER SITES: Forty Pink­feet flew over Oakham (9th). There were two White-fronted Geese at Ban­thorpe GP (13th). Fort Henry Ponds had 107 Gad­wall (21st) and three Pin­tails (14th). A Ring Ouzel was at Leigh­field (3rd) with two Wood­cock (26th) and Stonechat (2nd). Terry Mitcham

RUT­LAND WA­TER: Whooper Swans were noted (from 8th) with 14 (20th). There were two Gar­ganeys (2nd-4th) with one (7th). Scaup were noted (1st & 28th). A Long-tailed Duck and Ruddy Duck re­mained through­out. Com­mon Scot­ers were noted on three dates. The count (16th) pro­duced 5,474 Wi­geon, 1,219 Gad­wall, 924 Teal, 186 Pin­tails, 443 Shov­el­ers, 1,831 Tufted Ducks and seven Gold­eneyes. A Bittern was seen (11th). Three Great White Egrets, two Black-necked Grebes and a Red-necked Grebe re­mained all month. Marsh Har­rier and Pere­grine were reg­u­lar, with a sec­ond Pere­grine (15th). Waders in­cluded Golden Plover, Lit­tle Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Whim­brel, six Curlew, three Black-tailed God­wits, four Ruff, eight Green Sand­pipers, a Green­shank (9th) and a Wood Sand­piper (to 2nd). There were four Yel­low-legged Gulls (16th). The first Field­fare was heard (11th). Two Stonechats were noted (from 15th) with a Wheatear (8th-9th). Rock Pip­its were found (4th-28th), with a Wa­ter Pipit (28th & 31st). HIGH­LIGHTS: Rut­land Wa­ter had a tun­dra Bean Goose (20th-24th), Gan­net (28th-29th), a Pur­ple Sand­piper and Great Skua (30th), and six Bearded Tits (10th).

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