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Carr Vale Sighting by Mark Beevers

Posted: Tuesday 31st October 2017 by Carrvale

27th October saw 60 Pink-footed Geese fly south-west followed by 510 (in four skeins) south east between 0955 and 1008. 770 Wood Pigeons flew south-west in 20 minutes shortly after dawn whilst other species noted on that date were 73 Gadwall, seven Golden Plover, two Peregrines and a singing Chiffchaff. On 28th two Barnacle x Canada Geese and six Shovler were the only species of note on the flashes whilst visible migration watching produced a south-westerly movement of 285 Wood Pigeons, 130 Fieldfare, 165 Redwings, a Chiffchaff was heard calling and a Barn Owl was reported in the evening. Not much was reported from the morning visit on the 29th apart from two Peregrines but an evening visit netted five Water Rails, singing Cetti’s Warbler and 47 Reed Buntings counted into roost. On 30th my late arrival cost me the five 500 Pink-footed Geese (four skeins) that flew south-east before my arrival whilst 270 Wood Pigeons flew south-west. Other birds included 75 Gadwall, two distant Little Owls, two Peregrines and the singing Cetti’s Warbler. Finally on the 31st after 55 hours cover since I returned from Tanzania on the 18th I finally managed to find Hawfinches for the patch and just like buses following four that flew west at 0705 another two flew south at 1110, about time too given the number that have been recorded in the country this month. These are the 9th record for the site and the first since 2012. Hawfinch was new for the year and so was the female Pintail that was hiding amongst the 78 Gadwall, taking the year total to 148 and three Mandarin Ducks (two males) were one of four species recorded during the morning that were new for the month (two Ravens that flew south at 1120 being the fourth taking the total to 98, which is the best ever the previous best being 95). Backing that lot up were two skeins of Pink-footed Geese south-east (105 in total), an increase in Wigeon (to 45), five Shoveler, a male Pochard (one of nine species of duck present), a Little Egret, the pair of Peregrines, singing Cetti’s Warbler and a calling Chiffchaff. There was some visible migration noted which included 620 Fieldfares, 225 Redwings and nine Redpolls. All in all a satisfying mornings birding.

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