Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Monday, 13 December 2010

Monday 13th December 2010

Another walk from Hardwick Hall CP to Castle Lake and back via Fishburn Lake today produced a good selection of birds.

Highlights were a female Merlin low and fast over the A1 Flashes heading south-east just before midday, a Green Sandpiper on the wet grassland at Low Hardwick Carrs and a Kingfisher flying along the River Stell.

A (not very good) picture of the Kingfisher perched above the Stell this afternoon.

Hardwick Hall CP;
27 Mute Swan, 36 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, drake Shoveler, fem. Pochard.

Tile Shed Plantation;
Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, GS Woodpecker, Jay (heard). 

Low Hardwick Carrs;
Grey Heron, 4 Mute Swan, 50 Greylag Geese, 4 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 20 Mallard, Sparrowhawk, 11 Curlew, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting.

Castle Lake (still frozen);

A1 Flashes/River Stell;
fem. Merlin low & fast heading south-east @11:55, 2 Mute Swan, 8 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 5 Coot, 8 Redshank, Kingfisher, 6 Pied Wagtail.

Railway Bridlepath;
Kestrel, 150+ Blackbird/Fieldfare/Redwing, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, 11 Long-tailed Tit, Willow Tit, 2 Bullfinch.
Fishburn Lake/Island Farm/Alan's Pool;
Kestrel, 9 Grey Partridge, Snipe, 400 Woodpigeon, 4 Stock Dove, GS Woodpecker, 200+ Jackdaw/Rook/Carrion Crow, 100 Starling, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Yellowhammer, 20 Reed Bunting.

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