Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Temminck's Stint

Superb birding around Bishop Middleham today with the following highlights;

Stoneybeck Lake
Corn Bunting singing.

Castle Lake
1 Barnacle Goose, 4 Shelduck, 2 Mallard broods of 5 & 9, 1pair Shoveler, 3 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe pair with 2-3 young, 1pair Oystercatcher, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Temminck's Stint, 4 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Herring Gull pair mating, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail and 1 Wheatear.

A1 Flashes
3 Greenshank.

A few pictures from today.

Barnacle Goose.

Blue-headed Wagtail.

Two very poor record pictures of the Temminck's Stint.

Rather a strange day today, started by having the whole place and some good birds to myself, thought I was doing quite well with 4 Wood Sands (all in the same scope view at one stage), then a feeling of deja vu with the self-found Temminck's Stint almost two years to the day since the Houghton Gate bird, and finished the visit with a hide full of birders including a bird race team as per 2009.

(Temminck's Stint = BM Bird No. 135).

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