Carr Vale sighting reported by Mark Beevers

A flock of nine Cormorants flew north-east

Birds seen on 25th July included a female Teal, juvenile Little Egret, two juvenile Water Rails, an adult Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Common Tern, Nuthatch (only second this year), four Lesser Whitethroats and a Grey Wagtail. On 26th a flock of nine Cormorants flew north-east, the Little Egret was still present, four Water Rails, four Common Terns and eight Yellow Wagtails. On the 27th the Little Egret flew south early doors, 30 Gadwall, the female Teal was back, two juvenile Water Rails, a lovely adult sp Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, four Snipe, Common Tern, juvenile Common Gull, four Yellow and one Grey Wagtail. Bird of the day on the 28th was a juvenile Wood Sandpiper (18th record for the reserve but the first since 2015) which several times during the morning was side by side with the Black-tailed Godwit, which is the first time these two species have been seen together at Carr Vale. Also on 28th the female Teal was still present as was the Common Tern, two Common Sandpipers, four Snipe, a juvenile Common Gull, a Hobby over the mound and three Lesser Whitethroats. The Wood Sandpiper was still present on 29th on which date it was joined by a Green Sandpiper, three Common Sandpipers and five Snipe whilst also present were a juvenile Water Rail, two Common Terns, a 3rd summer Yellow-legged Gull and seven Yellow Wagtails. Waders further increased on 30th when in addition to the Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpipers increased to three (one of which left south), Common Sandpipers increased to four, four Dunlin flew through before I arrived, four Snipe were still out in the open and the juvenile Water Rail continued to give good views with a second calling. Also on 30th 20 Cormorants included a flock of 17 south-west, Canada Geese increased to 83, Mallard were up to 72 (both highest counts of the summer), a juvenile Little Egret was present as was a Common Tern, a juvenile Common Gull was seen and Yellow Wagtails increased to ten. Quite a little purple patch at the moment.