Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Once Bittern Twice Shy

I think the title says it all really, this morning was my first opportunity to get down to Castle Lake since the Bittern was first located on Thursday evening but even though it was seen well out in the open for forty-five minutes again yesterday evening it failed to put in an appearance for me. A female walker close to the waters edge in the south-west corner certainly didn't help my chances.
Please stay away from the waters edge, birds are wild, you can't go up to them and pat them like a dog!!!
There was some compensation however in the shapely form of a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, year tick number 125 and my first here for a few years.
Other birds of note included 1 Wigeon, 12 Teal, a Little Grebe pair with 3 very young chicks, 4 Cormorant, 2 Common Buzzard overflew south-east @11:00, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel,  2 juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff  (earlier a group of 5 were on Stoneybeck Lake),  2 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, c200 Black-headed Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat and a charm of 50 Goldfinch.
The A1 Flashes held c400 Lapwing, 15 Curlew and another Green Sandpiper.

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