Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Monday, 19 September 2016

Monday 19th September 2016

Today's sightings;

Castle Lake and surrounds (taking in Fishburn Lake & Low Hardwick) - 190 Canada Geese (including two very pale-bodied individuals), 45 Wigeon, 15+ Shoveler, 1ad2juv Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine (over Low Hardwick @10:55 heading directly to Castle Lake), 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 400 Lapwing, 7 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 12 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7juv Common Gull, 75 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 1 Wheatear (on fence post east side of lake), 1m Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff (some singing), 2 Goldcrest and 7 Corn Bunting including juveniles). 


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Friday 16th September 2016

Catching up with sightings from Friday with thanks to Joe Hughes.

Castle Lake - 1 drake Common Scoter (only the third ever record of which two are from this year), 50+ Snipe, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 11 Golden Plover, 5 Ruff and 6 Dunlin.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Monday 12th September 2016

Sightings today from Joe Hughes and myself.

Stoneybeck Lake - 2 Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 50 Curlew and 50 Lapwing.

Castle Lake - 12 Wigeon, c50 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Owl, 4 Skylark, 20+ Swallow and 20+ House Martin.

Low Hardwick - 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Common Whitethroat and a family of Bullfinch.

River Stell - 1 Little Egret.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Sightings for today from John Olley, Joe Hughes and myself.

Stoneybeck Lake - 4 Snipe, 2 Greenshank and a Buzzard.

Castle Lake - 600 Greylag Geese, 7 Wigeon, 22 Shoveler, 30 Teal, 2 Pochard, 5+ Grey Partridge, 22 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe with juveniles, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 800 Lapwing, 6 Ruff, 3 Dunlin, 12 Snipe, 120 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1,100 Black-headed Gull (a new site record maybe?), 1 Little Owl, 2 Kingfisher chasing each other around the lake, 2 Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, a Whinchat on the eastern side between 09:30-09:45, quite a scarce bird around these parts, in fact this is only my second ever sighting here, September is definitely a good month to catch up with this species, a Chiffchaff was singing in the wildlife garden, 20 Tree Sparrow and 100 Linnet complete the day's total.

Alan's Pool - 3 Grey Heron and a single Snipe.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sunday 4th September 2016

Sightings from today with thanks to Fred Milton;

Castle Lake - 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Wheatear.

Stoneybeck Lake - 1 Greenshank.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sunday 28th August 2016

Sightings today from Fred Milton (good to see you again) and myself.

Stoneybeck Lake - (big clear-out of waders) - 1 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 5 Lapwing, 1 Curlew and a singing Chiffchaff.

Alan's Pool - 3 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, a flyover Yellow Wagtail and a nearby Willow Tit.

Castle Lake - 1 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 10+ Teal, 1pr Great Crested Grebe with 2 juveniles, 1 juv Black-necked Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 2 Little Stint, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 46 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Owl and 1 Kingfisher.

A couple of record pictures from today;

Wood Sandpiper at Alan's Pool.

Little Stint with 2 Dunlin at Castle Lake.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Thursday 25th August 2016

Today's sightings with thanks to Joe Hughes;

Stoneybeck Lake - Spotted Redshank, Snipe, 3 Ruff, 5 Green Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover and a Corn Bunting.

Castle Lake - 8 Curlew Sandpiper, 40+ Snipe, Little Stint, 4 Dunlin, juvenile Black-necked Grebe, Ruff and 2 Corn Bunting.