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).