Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Monday, 28 March 2011

Monday 28th March 2011

A very respectable total of 61 species were seen today between Mike Passant and myself including the following;

Castle Lake
6 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler (3m1f), 3 Goosander (1m2f), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 20 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 10 Redshank, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9+ Sand Martin, singing Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Linnet.

A1 Flashes
2 Grey Heron, 2 Shelduck, 7 Oystercatcher, 115 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, a singing Chiffchaff and 2 Common Buzzard which flushed many birds up towards Castle Lake including 60 Greylag Geese.

Bird of the day, the first returning Little Ringed Plover in the sun at Castle Lake this morning.


  1. Where's the time gone Steve, doesn't feel like it was long since we said goodbye to these birds :) Can we have twelve months of spring please? ;)