Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Gulls, Gulls, Gulls

Combine Harvester in operation in the fields between the hide and the A1M this evening was presumably the reason for another increase in the gull numbers on Castle Lake - 225 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 15 Common Gull. Despite much searching I couldn't find any Mediterranean Gull, no lost Little Gull and definately no Yellow-legged Gull.
Some of the many.

6 Green Sandpiper is possibly the most I've seen together here, five favouring the east side with the other still prefering the area below the hide. Other waders included 3 Little Ringed Plover and only 1 Common Sandpiper.
Now 2 Tufted Duck broods of 5 and 9, quite amusing watching the young ducklings learning to dive at such a young age. The drake Scaup was still loafing around the lake.
The resident Great Crested Grebe (one pair still sitting, surely this clutch should have hatched by now? and the family group of 2 adults and 3 immatures) have been joined by a further 2 immature birds.

The two interlopers, I wonder where they originated from, perhaps Saltholme RSPB.

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