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Carr Vale Sighting by Mark Beevers

Posted: Friday 17th November 2017 by Carrvale

Sorry for the lack of postings a: it’s been quiet and b: I’ve been busy with foreign stuff. However the round up for the last week is delivered herewith. Today (16th) a couple of Water Rails (up to half a dozen present daily), the Peregrine (usually on distant pylons, occasionally over the reserve), singing Cetti’s Warbler (most often below the mound) and usual Chiffchaff (above the bench just past the large Oak Tree midway along the path below the embankment) were all still present whilst the distant Little Owl (on the farm furthest north-west of the mound, it is distant and a scope is needed) was seen yesterday. Highest duck counts for the last week were Wigeon (69 on 14th), Gadwall (54 on 13th and 16th), Teal (34 on 16th), Shoveler (two pairs on 16th) and Tufted Duck (15 on 16th). The better species included 885 Pink-footed Geese south-east on 12th in ten skeins between 0820 and 0945 with 26 Reed Buntings into roost that evening. 1400 Pink-footed Geese south-east in 11 skeins between 0855 and 1105 on 13th and a male Goosander north same morning. On 14th in addition to the usual Chiffchaff there was a loose group of three more very vocal birds by the mound, these were clearly new in. Bird of the day on 15th was a Merlin that attacked small birds on the sewage works, only brief but a nice record all the same whilst birds of the day on the 16th were two Little Egrets. Little Stat about Little Egrets (from memory as no time to root out the spreadsheet) the best ever year saw about 13 records involving 24 birds, this year we have seen a marked change in status with birds seen on 61 dates (92 bird / days). Not quite Trent Valley standards but a vast improvement on their recent status at CV.

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