Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

9th November 2010

Back down to Castle Lake this morning, hoping the recent unsettled weather had brought something interesting in. The brisk easterly wind coupled with frequent squally showers made viewing a little uncomfortable, at one stage time literally flew when the wind blew the clock off the hide wall!
Certainly an increase in wildfowl numbers from last week including a trio of female Goldeneye, my first of the autumn here.

Little Grebe 6, Wigeon 120, Gadwall 50, Teal 180, Mallard 80, Shoveler 30, Pintail 1f, Tufted Duck 20, Goldeneye 3f, Golden Plover 40, Lapwing 45, Dunlin 2, Snipe 3, Ruff 1, Curlew 1, Redshank 14.

Yesterday Birdguides reported a Snow Bunting at Farnless Farm, the first record at BM I believe. However the weather conditions today precluded anything other than a cursory glance. Hopefully it'll stick around.

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