Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Wednesday 10th August 2011

Another very wet morning at Castle Lake which provided the following highlights;

Teal numbers increasing almost daily with 8 now present, 5 Cormorant together, an adult Ringed Plover was the first for a while, 4 Dunlin remain but Ruff now down to just 2, 6 Snipe, 2 Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpiper.
Ringed Plover from this morning.

I decided to risk a soaking and left the hide and started walking off towards the A1 Flashes when a Peregrine came in from the south-west chasing Lapwing, it then performed three stooping dives over the northern end of the Lake but pulled-up each time without taking anything, it flew out of sight of my position so I carried on to the flashes but the only waders seen here were 2 Green Sandpiper.

So it was back to the hide to dry out and see if the Peregrine had brought any new birds into play....it had!
Most of the ducks were on the water so I took the opportunity to scan them and found this...

Poor record pictures of a very unexpected year tick.

Yes its a ***** Duck.

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