Day two of north-easterly winds and once again the anticipation was not met with a result. Indeed they produced nothing but that doesn't mean it was a bad day. Arriving shortly after seven I wandered off to optomistically check the still present southern flash. No waders of note apart from a pair of Little Ringed Plovers that were present the previous evening but I did disturb a Turtle Dove, wow that was a result, the first since 2010 and only the second since 2006. Indeed prior to 2006 this species was only recorded once a year for the previous four years. 20 years ago two pairs bred! That was the highlight of the morning, other than that the Common Sandpiper was present for its fourth day, two Hobbies were seen and the usual suspects like Oystercatcher and Common Tern were also present. Five Great Black-backed Gulls and four Herring Gulls were in the field west of the reserve and Grey Wagtail and Coal Tit were new for the month. On 22nd a Peregrine was overhead as were two Hobbites, the Water Rail was calling, a total of seven Common Terns was seen (five flew north in groups of two and three) and three first summer Common Gulls were also present.
Carr Vale sighting by Mark Beevers
Day two of north-easterly winds and once again the anticipation was not met with a result. Indeed they produced nothing but that doesn't mean it was a bad day.