Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Monday, 13 June 2011

Monday 13th June 2011

A more thorough look around today revealed the following;

Stoneybeck Lake - The only bird of note here was a Yellow Wagtail.

Castle Lake - Mute Swan pair with one cygnet, single Greylag Goose with 3 gosling, 4 Canada Geese broods with 21 gosling, Shelduck pair now left with only one duckling, 2 drake Shoveler, 2 drake Teal, 18 Pochard (15m3f), Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe pair with 3 juveniles, Peregrine in from behind the hide at 13:30 then climbed and departed high to the south-west, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper (the same bird, which has a distinctive mark on its right flank, has been present now for at least five weeks), 10 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Gull, numerous juvenile Pied Wagtail and the Blue-headed Wagtail still.

A1 Flashes - 10 Oystercatcher.

Moto-X Pools - 2f Mallard, 2 pair Gadwall, 1 pair Tufted Duck, Great-spotted Woodpecker overflew and singing Reed Bunting.

Bridlepath to Fishburn Lake - male Kestrel, a Hobby at 11:50 viewed for ten minutes just west of the lake mostly at height, 50+ Swift, 2 family groups of Willow Tit, also juvenile Robin, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit and Goldfinch.

Fishburn Lake - Mute Swan pair with 4 cygnets, Great-spotted Woodpecker and singing Sedge Warbler.

Alan's Pool - Mute Swan pair still sitting, 4 Oystercatcher.

Family of Mallard's on the River Stell.

Truly apalling out of focus picture of the Hobby near Fishburn Lake today.
(Only had the compact camera with me so a case of point it in the general direction and hope for the best, or not!).

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