Green-winged Teal lingers
After going missing on Friday, the Green-winged Teal reappeared on the wetland this morning, where it was performing reasonably well in the company of 24 Teal.
Also present was a nice flock of 22 Curlew, by some margin the largest count of this species recorded on the farm. I believe that many of the Curlew breeding in the local area stage on the farm in March before dispersing across The Carrs to breed. So, hopefully this good count is indicative of an increasing breeding population in the local area and perhaps a sign that the HLS agreements in place across the Vale of Pickering are delivering benefits to the wildlife.
Another notable sighting came in the form of a Lapland Bunting seen flying over, only the second record for the farm and an unusual sighting at this inland location. Other sightings of interest include an increase in Pied Wagtails feeding on Field 8383 with a total of 29 recorded. This flock has been steadily increasing over the past few days and will include migrant birds heading for breeding areas elsewhere.