Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Raining Waders

Plenty of Greenshank and Ruff around Bishop Middleham this afternoon, difficult to put an exact number on each species but it went something like this;

Greenshank - 1 at Stoneybeck Lake, 2 at Castle Lake with another 4 overflying but didn't quite land and 3 on the A1 Flashes.
Ruff - 2 initially on Castle Lake later increasing to 5 with a further 3-4 overflying with the above mentioned Greenshank.
Other waders at Castle Lake included 2 Ringed Plover briefly before flying off south, 5 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 3 Green Sandpiper (with another on the flashes) and 2 Common Sandpiper.
Best of the rest were 5 Teal, 28 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2+ Swift, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat and a flock of 50 Goldfinch.

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