Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Egretta Garzetta

Four Little Egret today at Castle Lake, three gave great views on the small pond in the south-west corner.

Others of interest included 3 Buzzard up together over Mainsforth, 1 Peregrine, 2 Golden Plover, 8 Ruff, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull (5 adults), 1 Little Owl (only my 2nd this year), 2 Goldcrest and a flyover Siskin.

The Fishburn Lake area produced 10 Grey Partridge, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, a female Blackcap, 2 Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll over.

Still plenty of Chiffchaff around including some giving short bursts of song.

John Olley reported the following from Farnless Farm;
36 Grey Partridge, 8 Corn Bunting, 110 Tree Sparrow, 40 Yellowhammer, 90 Mallard, 70 Linnet, 50 Meadow Pipit, 60 Skylark, 3 Curlew, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.

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