Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Saturday 12th February 2011

Has spring sprung? Well this morning's weather may have suggested otherwise but the sound of singing Skylark's and the return of Great Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher & more Shelduck was certainly a sign that birds are already preparing for what will hopefully be another successful breeding season.

Once again another excellent variety of species seen at the following locations;

Stoneybeck Lake
26 Canada Geese, 6 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 23 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, drake Pochard, 2 Moorhen, 35 Coot, 2 Oystercatcher, 42 Curlew, 120 Common Gull and a Skylark in full song flight.

Foumarts Lane
The lane was absolutely swarming with birds this morning, the highlight being at least one Brambling in with a mixed Chaffinch/Greenfinch/Goldfinch flock totalling about fifty birds. Others included Redwing's, Tree Sparrow's, a male Great-spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper and two Long-tailed Tit's.

Castle Lake
Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 30 Canada Geese, 4 Shelduck, 2 drake Pintail,  fem. Goldeneye, 1m2f Goosander, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Oystercatcher, 72 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 14 Redshank, 45 Common Gull, Skylark, and many of the more common wildfowl.
The strangest sight of the day was a Hare swimming across a narrow stretch of the lake at the southern end!

Two of the three Goosander on Castle Lake this morning.
(Brambling is species #131 on my Bishop Middleham list since April 2007).

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