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Carr Vale Sighting by Mark Beevers

Posted: Tuesday 24th October 2017 by Carrvale

20th October proved to be a good day especially as at 1030 I heard a Yellow-Browed Warbler calling at exactly the same spot a the previous day, which meant that once again it was on the wrong side of the river but at least on this occasion it was closer and was clearly a Yellow-browed Warbler and I was confident enough to claim it as such but I‘d still not seen it. I made my way round to where I’d heard the bird but like the previous morning there was no sign. I then set about systematically searching the area north of Blue Banks and after three hours I finally nailed the bird several hundred yards to the north on the Peter Fidler reserve where I managed a great view of the bird. Result! This is the fourth report this year for this species in Derbyshire but as far as I am aware this is the only one that has been seen. This is the third record for Carr Vale, the previous ones being in 2006 (29th October) and between 19th and 26th October 1999. To the end of 2015 there had been just 11 previous records for Derbyshire and with three last year (plus the three previous reports this year) this provided that the other records this year accepted will make this the 18th record for the county. Also on the 20th 20 Pink-footed Geese (north-west), two hybrid Barnacle x Canada Geese, 81 Gadwall, 36 Wigeon, 22 Gadwall, six Shoveler, two Little Egrets, four Water Rails, two Golden Plover west, 220 Lapwings, first winter Mediterranean Gull, three Common Gulls, Little Owl, Peregrine, a late Swallow, three Chiffchaffs and singing Cetti’s Warbler all made for a very good days local birding and there was even more with viz migging producing 385 Redwings, 35 Fieldfare, eight Redpolls, a Siskin and a Brambling south / south-west. Two Red Admirals, a Speckled Wood and a couple of Migrant Hawkers provided a non-avain interest. All in all a very satisfying day.

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