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Carr Vale by Mark Beevers

Posted: Monday 15th January 2018 by Carrvale

Weekend update from Carr Vale. On 12th the morning stint produced a skein of c95 Pink-footed Geese west at 0910, 108 Wigeon, 42 Teal, distant Peregrine, four Willow Tits including two singing males, Marsh Tit, two Chiffchaffs and four Treecreepers whilst an evening visit till dark yielded a female Goosander north, 140 Fieldfares and calling Cetti’s Warbler. Additionally a Barn Owl was seen again in the south-eastern part of the recording area and a Tawny Owl was heard too. The 13th was pretty quiet although two Grey Lag Geese and five Shovelers were new in, three Goosander (one male) flew north as did a flock of 30 Cormorants (record flock and the extra one on the reserve also set a record count for the site, the previous best being 27 way back in 2007). To the west of the embankment there was the best congregation of big gulls for some time so they had to be checked. The hoped for Iceland Gull present at Pools Brook CP earlier in the week wasn’t amongst them but the counts of 340 Herring and 290 Great Black-backed Gulls was the best for a couple of years. On the 14th the highlight of the day came after everyone had left, a flock of six Shelducks, the first since March last year and I think the largest group of adults to be seen on the site. Also on 14th 34 Gadwall, but both Teal and Wigeon numbers were down on recent days at 25 and 76 respectively. Three Goosander (male and a pair) flew south, the pair of Peregrines were back together, the Marsh Tit was seen by the entrance gate again, 185 Fieldfares was the highest count of the year and a Siskin flew north. The 15th was a very wet morning and produced very little except that Wigeon had almost doubled in number to a winter high count of 140. The pair of Peregrines was overhead, the male calling loudly, the Cetti’s Warbler called once and one of the Chiffchaffs was showing on the embankment.

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