CARR VALE DWT RESERVE A 1st summer Bonaparte’s Gull dropped in to Carr Vale this morning about 10.00.a.m. and was watched by Mark Beevers, Tony Irons and Ian Swain. Unfortunately at 10.20a.m. it took off and left high to the South with 4 Black Headed Gulls. This will be the 7th county record of this small American Gull and the first since 2000. Interestingly this will also be the 2nd May record. A very nice record from a very well watched site.
On May 23rd a Little Egret and a Barn Owl whilst on May 24th the Little Egret remained and was joined by the female Garganey again-still present on May 25/26th, a very late Snipe and a Peregrine Falcon. On May 25th 2 Arctic Terns flew NE and a Hobby was seen. The 3 Pochard still present on May 26th whilst on May 27th 35 Gadwall, a Peregrine Falcon and a calling Water Rail were noted. Finally on May 28th a pair of Teal, 2 Pochard and a Common Tern present.
WYVER LANE DWT RESERVE A drake Garganey on May 28th.
CARSINGTON WATER A pair of Garganey on May29th.
WILLINGTON GP Very little of note on May 29th but the drake Wigeon still present, a Little Egret flew through and a steady westerly passage of Swifts including c70 in 45 minutes took place. The Mink appears to be starting to take a toll on the Black Headed Gull colony on Dead Goose Island with vastly reduced number of nests and very few youngsters.