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Carr Vale sightings by Mark Beevers

Posted: Friday 20th October 2017 by Carrvale

Apologies for the lack of updates for the last month, normal service is resumed for the next month at least. Whilst I was away it seemed to be fairly quiet with Red Kite, Little Egret, Mediterranean Gull, a couple of Peregrines, Little Owl and Cetti's Warbler all logged. The best birds turned up on my final morning away when Ian and Phil had two Great White Egrets fly north-west at 0800, the first multiple record for the site but only the fourth ever. A late afternoon visit on 18th produced a good count of 109 Gadwall and 37 Wigeon were also counted along with five Shovelers. An adult Common Gull was also present as were the pair of Peregrines, 19 Redwings flew south-west and 47 Pied Wagtails flew north to roost. Earlier in the morning 400 Pink-footed geese flew east and the first winter Med Gull was also seen. My first morning back on the 19th was frustrating as I heard a probable Yellow-browed Warbler calling on the north side of the Blue Banks scrub i.e. on the opposite side of the river but despite my best efforts before the rain set in failed to locate the bird, I'll be trying again very shortly! Other birds seen included a Little Egret, the Med Gull and Cetti's Warbler all logged. Gadwall numbered 105, Wigeon had increased to 45 and Teal to 28 but only one Shoveler remained whilst a Pochard flew south. A pair of Grey Partridge was seen, a juvenile Water Rail was below the mound, a Golden Plover was heard calling, a distant Little Owl and pair of Peregrines were also seen, 125 Redwings flew south as did the first 11 Fieldfare of the autumn and both Redpoll and Siskin were logged in small numbers.

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