Carr Vale Sightings Report by Mark Beevers

Visiting Kittiwake at Carr Vale

The purple patch has indeed continued with on 27th an adult Kittiwake (only second this year) which came in at 1140 and was still present at 1250 according to a pager report which also reported two Arctic Terns and a Whimbrel. Also on 27th two Pink-footed Geese, three Wigeon, three Pochard, an extra pair of Oystercatchers and an early morning Common Tern. And then on 28th it was still good with the regulars mentioned for the 27th (though two Common Terns) still present but with the addition of a Common Sandpiper (a typical overnight arrival following heavy overnight rain) and a distant female Wheatear near the appropriately named Wheatear Wall. Whilst looking at that we picked up a different bird, which from it’s behaviour was clearly a chat but which one? Initially I thought female Redstart but when it flew back to the hedge no red tail. It wasn’t the Wheatear as there was no white rump. At at least a Kilometre range it was going to be difficult to put a name to the bird so there was nothing else for it save for a stomp up to where the bird was, a good decision for when I got there I was presented with a fine male Whinchat, the first since 2016 (but the 50th record since 1990, though until the end of the 70’s this species bred on the patch) so well appreciated. Walking back I took a call from Phil informing me that the first Hobby of the year had flown low over the mound. Never mind the Whinchat is the better bird, a welcome addition to the year list which stands at 125 with 111 this month alone. So looking forward to the next three weeks!