Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Thursday 7th July 2011

Back down to Castle Lake again this evening, arriving in the middle of an absolute deluge with thunder and lightning overhead, had to sit it out in the car until the rain subsided from biblical flood proportions, then legged it to the sanctuary of the hide.
Nothing out of the ordinary amongst the ducks, grebes, gulls or geese so the waders took centre stage (hurrah!), highlight being yet another Wood Sandpiper, its been an excellent year for these delightful birds, I've lost count now just how many have past through and there's still time for more, only one typically elusive Green Sandpiper, and after much scanning of the shoreline a very impressive and almost certain new site record of 8 Common Sandpiper and all in view at the same time! a single Snipe still awaits some company and only three Little Ringed Plover, two of which were juveniles, a big reduction from the double figure counts earlier in the week suggesting some of the adults have already started moving south.
Earlier in the day John Olley had one Little Egret but its believed there are four in the area.

A quick roadside scan of Stoneybeck Lake revealed the only birds of any consequence were two Wigeon and by now it was a lovely sunny evening with just a few puddles serving as a reminder of what had gone before.

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