CARSINGTON WATER A small juv. Skua was found on the water off Paul Stanley Hide in poor conditions mid-afternoon on 7th Oct by Simon Roddis. It was initially identified as an ArctIc Skua but when photos of the bird were later posted on Social Media alarm bells started to ring and the bird was re-identified as a juv. Long Tailed Skua. There was no sign this morning-8th Oct. Killian Mullarney was especially helpful in this process. This will be only the 7th County record of this, the rarest of the Skuas. The last one was in 2010. Carsington joins Ogston Reservoir in having recorded all 4 species of Skua. The Slavonian Grebe was still present on 8ith Oct and showing well from Stones Island, On 6th Oct a juv. Arctic Tern and a juv. Black Tern with the latter still present on 7th Oct.
OGSTON RESERVOIR The female Garganey and a Rock Pipit still present on 7th Oct.