Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings - Steve Lis­ter (01509 829 495, www.lros.org.uk)

HIGH­LIGHTS: Three Black-winged Stilts graced Stan­ford Reser­voir (20th), with two (23rd). The Glossy Ibis re­mained at Coss­ing­ton

Mead­ows (to 23rd). Flocks of Waxwings still fre­quented Le­ices­ter sub­urbs, with a max­i­mum of 30 (21st).

War­ren Hills pro­duced a to­tal of four Ring Ouzels. The first Cuckoo was there (17th). Swith­land Reser­voir had five White Wag­tails (16th), a Hobby (23rd), two Ringed Plovers (16th), a Green­shank (28th), Bar-tailed God­wit (30th), Whim­brel (30th), three Black Terns (30th), an Arc­tic Tern (20th) and Grasshop­per War­bler (23rd). Crop­ston Reser­voir held five Com­mon Sand­pipers (28th) and three Whim­brels (30th). An Os­prey was at Black­brook Reser­voir (29th). A Hobby was near Lough­bor­ough (17th).

EYEBROOK RESER­VOIR: There was a Lit­tle Tern (8th), three Sand­wich Terns (8th), four Black Terns (30th) and 28 Arc­tic Terns (27th). There were two Lit­tle Gulls at the start of the month and an­other at the end. Waders in­cluded Whim­brels (18th & 28th), two Bar-tailed God­wits (30th), a Green­shank (30th) and six Dun­lin. There was a Yel­low Wag­tail and Lesser Whitethroat (8th). A Com­mon Scoter was seen (29th).

NW LE­ICES­TER­SHIRE: Ospreys were at Thorn­ton Reser­voir (1st & 16th) and Kel­ham Bridge (6th). A Hen Harrier was at Heather (8th). A Com­mon Tern was at Thorn­ton Reser­voir (1st). A Swift was at Sence Val­ley (15th). Hicks Lodge at­tracted a Med Gull (22nd), Whin­chat (25th) and Whim­brel (30th). A Gar­ganey was at Thorn­ton Reser­voir (30th). Two Grasshop­per War­blers were at Kel­ham Bridge (from 23rd).

SOAR VAL­LEY: Two Grasshop­per War­blers were at Coss­ing­ton Mead­ows and one at Wan­lip Mead­ows, with a Whin­chat at the for­mer (22nd). A Whim­brel was at Wan­lip North Lakes (24th). Two Hob­bies were at Wan­lip Mead­ows (28th).

STAN­FORD RESER­VOIR: There were 110 Arc­tic Terns (27th), 17 White Wag­tails (15th), five Black-tailed God­wits (19th), a Bar-tailed God­wit (19th-23rd), five Green­shanks (30th), nine Dun­lin, a Lit­tle Tern (30th) and a Black Tern (30th). The Long-tailed Duck re­mained (to 29th).

OTHER SITES: Ring Ouzels in­cluded three at Ayle­stone Mead­ows (3rd) and sin­gles at Stoughton Air­field (14th) and Lit­tle Stret­ton (23rd). The lat­ter had Red­start and Whin­chat (25th). The county’s ear­li­est-ever Lesser Whitethroat was at Bur­rough-on-the-hill (6th).

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