RUTLAND

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HIGH­LIGHTS: A Green-winged Teal was at Rutland Wa­ter (1st). The Red-necked Grebe and two Slavo­nian Grebes were seen there through­out, with four Black-necked Grebes (from 21st) and a Great North­ern Diver (from 16th). RUTLAND WA­TER: Four Whooper Swans flew through (15th). There were 17 Red-crested Pochards (9th), with eight Scaup (19th) and 19 Smew (1st). A Bit­tern was seen oc­ca­sion­ally at Egle­ton, where there were still four Great White Egrets (6th). There were 31 Dun­lin (9th) and 43 Snipe (6th). A Whim­brel, Green Sand­piper and a few Curlews and Red­shanks were reg­u­lar. Ringed Plovers re­turned (18th) with eight (24th) when two pairs of Oys­ter­catch­ers were noted. A Kit­ti­wake flew through (24th). Four Stonechats were at Egle­ton and a Bram­bling at the Vis­i­tor Cen­tre (24th). Two Tree Spar­rows were at Lyn­don (19th). OTHER SITES: Two Man­darins were at Ban­thorpe (6th) and Fort Henry Ponds (19th). A Jack Snipe was at Ban­thorpe (6th). There were three Wood­cocks in Tun­neley Wood (19th). Barn Owls were at four sites and Ravens at three, with nest-build­ing ob­served (9th). There were three Stonechats at Fort Henry (25th). Game strips near Up­ping­ham at­tracted 80 Yel­lowham­mers and 40 Reed Buntings early in the month. There were two Tree Spar­rows and a Bram­bling in Ex­ton Park (25th). Terry Mitcham

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