Not a bad morning today (12th) at Carr Vale with a cracking Red Kite east at 1000 and a Green Sandpiper early morning on the southern flash, that was until the first dog walker walked through after which there was no further sign. Also today two Grey Lag Geese south, a fifth brood of Gadwall, at least one calling Water Rail, a third Oystercatcher, four Little Ringed Plovers, the pair of Common Terns, 20+ Herring and four Great Black-backed Gulls, two Hobbies and a distant Peregrine. Late news concerns a very early Green Sandpiper on 6th (previous earliest autumn arrival date was 16th June) whilst on 8th June there was a pair of Teal, an extra Oystercatcher, calling Water Rail and seven Little Ringed Plovers. On 9th four Grey Lag Geese flew south, Water Rail calling again, distant Peregrine, Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler still singing. A short visit on 10th produced a second summer Caspian Gull but little else of note whilst on 11th the morning visit produced two calling Water Rails, an extra Oystercatcher and Common Tern, six Little Ringed Plovers but the birds of the day were three Egyptian Geese that were present in the evening. A bright morning also produced the first Black-tailed Skimmers and Southern Hawker of the year plus my first Emperor of the year, although Ian had one of the latter about ten days ago.
Carr Vale sighting reported by Mark Beevers
Not a bad morning today at Carr Vale .