Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Sunday 5th December 2010

A walk today from Hardwick Hall CP to Castle Lake and back, with the following birds seen along the way.

The lake at Hardwick Hall was virtually completely frozen, the only ice free area was full to the brim with Mute Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot and 3 Wigeon. Other birds around the estate included Kestrel, Mistle Thrush and Nuthatch.

A crowded scene on the only ice free area of the lake at Hardwick Hall.

At Low Hardwick Carrs two Sparrowhawk (one female and the other a juvenile) were seen along with a Common Buzzard and two Great Spotted Woodpecker together.

Along the railway embankment/bridleway were a mixed flock of 100+ Blackbird/Fieldfare/Redwing feeding on berries, a Song Thrush, 2 Willow Tit, 2 Bullfinch and a Woodcock seen flying towards Fishburn Lake.

Castle Lake remains totally frozen, 30 Wigeon flew over, 12 Grey Partridge and singles of Snipe & Redshank were the only birds seen.

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