Carr Vale Sightings Report by Mark Beevers

Little egret sneaks into the sightings

Our good run continued on 6th but only just as a Little Egret saved the day arriving four hours into our shift. The 7th was a better morning with Cuckoo new for the year for those that were on site early plus three Shelduck north, three Common Sandpipers, three Common Terns, two Hobbies, Garden Warbler and Whinchat all noted. Classic conditions (i.e. low cloud base, steady light rain all day combined with an easterly wind) filled me with optimism and merited a 0525 start and a long stint on the mound (over seven hours). Unfortunately the expectations didn’t pan out and all we had to show for our efforts was a Dunlin, two Common Sandpipers, 15 Common Terns (13 flew north-east in four small groups during the morning) and an immature Peregrine over the mound. Bouyed by reports from elsewhere and similar conditions a second visit early evening produced three Ringed Plovers (new for the year) and two Whimbrel north, so all in all not a bad day in the end. Of the recent regulars the Pink-footed Geese had reappeared, two drake Teal, pair of Pochard, 20 Herring and 12 Great Black-backed Gulls and the hybrid Swallow x House Martin again.