Early October update from Carr Vale, starting with 1st when 24 Pink-footed Geese flew east, 91 Teal, four Shoveler, eight Golden Plover, two Common Gulls and 130 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were counted. On 2nd 80 Teal, five Shoveler, a pair of Pintail (arrived at 0800 bur flushed later by HS2 people), 170 Lesser Black-backed Gulls including two intermedius race, juvenile Common Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 50 Stock Doves and best of all a party of four Crossbills (one male) which flew low north. On 3rd 78 Teal, five Shoveler, 43 Red-legged Partridges, Lesser Black-backed Gulls up to 185 (one intermedius), two Peregrines, 50 Stock Doves and 31 Siskins south. Bird of the day on 4th was the sites sixth record of Marsh Tit on the embankment along with 80 Teal, five Shoveler, 117 Mallard, two Peregrines, a Raven and 40 Sky Larks south-west. Fairly quiet on 5th but still 78 Teal and five Shoveler, two Little Egrets, Water Rail heard, two Peregrines (one a juvenile), 34 Sky Larks (feeding flock), six Swallows south, still four Chiffchaffs and 22 Redpolls.
Carr Vale sighting reported by Mark Beevers
Early October update from Carr Vale