Spring is on the way at Carr Vale

Mark Beevers sums up the second week of March with his sightings at Carr Vale....

The second week of March was remained pretty quiet with regular birds including up to 131 Wigeon (13th), 38 Gadwall (11th), 41 Teal (9th), three Goosander (9th), up to 11 Common Buzzards (11th), up to five Great-crested Grebes, pair of Oystercatchers, a few Snipe and a few Chiffchaffs all noted daily. More notable records are: An adult Glaucous x Herring Gull a.k.a. Viking Gull (which looks just like an adult Glaucous Gull but photographs taken elsewhere show that it has faint dark markings in the primaries indicating mixed parentage) and the Siberian Chiffchaff on the 9th and three Grey Lag Geese, a pair of Shoveler, three Oystercatchers and 80 Redwings on the 10th. On the 11th bird of the day was an adult Kittiwake that flew straight through north-east whilst other birds included the adult Viking Gull again, 100 Great Black-backed Gulls, Peregrine and a brief report of the Cettiā€™s Warbler singing in the sewage works whilst on 12th five Shovelers (four males), 27 Snipe and a Peregrine were the best for the day. A hint of spring on the way came on the 13th with a steady northward trickle of Meadow Pipits (30), the first reasonable movement of the year and other birds included a female Shelduck and a male Mandarin Duck north.