Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings - Terry Mitcham

HIGH­LIGHTS: Some 1,046 Black-tailed God­wits passed through Rut­land Wa­ter (17th-22nd), with a fur­ther 100 (28th). Sand­wich Terns were at Rut­land Wa­ter (4th & 14th) with a Short-eared Owl there (26th-27th). There were Ring Ouzels at Man­ton (18th & 21st) and Rut­land Wa­ter (20th). RUT­LAND WA­TER: There were six Whooper Swans (5th), two Gar­ganeys, a Scaup through­out, Ruddy Duck (8th), Red-necked Grebe (1st), two Slavo­nian Grebes plus a Great White Egret (2nd) and a Marsh Harrier (13th). Waders in­cluded a Grey Plover (9th), five Whim­brels, Bar-tailed God­wits (10th & 19th), a Turn­stone (13th), San­der­ling (13th-15th), Green Sand­piper (19th) and Green­shank (20th). Com­mon Terns were noted from (9th), with Arc­tic Terns (14th, 21st and 65 on 27th). Lit­tle Gulls were noted (1st-23rd). There were four Yel­low-legged Gulls and two Caspian Gulls (10th). First dates were Cuckoo (17th), Swift (19th), Hobby (27th), Nightin­gale (22nd), Red­start (24th), Wheatear (9th) and Yel­low Wag­tail (4th). Two Stonechats were present (14th). A Cross­bill flew over (24th). OTHER SITES: Two Man­darins were in Ex­ton Park (10th) with one at Fort Henry Ponds (17th) where there was a Marsh Harrier (13th). A Cuckoo was near Up­ping­ham (22nd). A Grasshop­per War­bler was at Leigh­field (11th). Three Waxwings were at Oakham (2nd). A Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker drummed at one site (2nd). A Nightin­gale was in the east of the county (23rd). Red­starts were at Man­ton (4th & 15th) and Martin­sthorpe (11th). Five Wheatears were at Luf­fen­ham Air­field (19th). A Tree Pipit flew over Leigh­field (3rd).

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