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Carr Vale sightings by Mark Beevers

Posted: Wednesday 25th October 2017 by Avenue

The 25th was another productive day with two new species for the year being logged. First up was a moulting male Goldeneye, always a good bird for the patch, which was waiting for us on our arrival and then mid morning Ian found a female Stonechat, again a barely annual visitor to the reserve. That’s four new for the year in the past week taking our year list to 146, which is now getting more like it. In addition to these two species we also logged the two two Barnacle x Canada Geese, 92 Gadwall, six Shoveler, 59 Stock Doves, pair of Peregrines, Cetti’s Warbler singing and a Chiffchaff. Viz mig figures included an impressive 1535 Woodpigeons south-west in the first half hour after dawn, plus 200 Redwings, 38 Fieldfares and five Siskins. However once again the bird of the day was found at the end of the visit when as I approached my car I heard again the distinctive call of a Yellow-browed Warbler. The bird was at the start of the Stockley Trail and was quickly relocated. A round of quick phone calls enabled four people to connect with the bird during the 40 minutes that it was in the area. The site is 100 yards from the last sighting so it is presumed to be the same bird. A good mornings birding on the patch.

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