Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Monday, 5 September 2011

Redstart, Wet Finish

Another good selection of birds seen today on two circular walks around Castle Lake, the more noteworthy of which included the following.
Wigeon 2
Teal 15+ including 2 on the A1 Flashes
Little Egret 1 very mobile bird

'Billy no mates'

Common Buzzard 1 over Town End Farm at 08:45 then it or another over Castle Lake south at 11:15
Little Ringed Plover still a juvenile on Castle Lake
Ruff single on Castle Lake
Redshank 1 on Castle Lake
Green Sandpiper 2 on Castle Lake and 3 on the A1 Flashes
Common Sandpiper 3 on Castle Lake
Redstart excellent views of a worn adult male near the Wildlife Garden, spent most of its time chasing other birds including 2 juvenile Bullfinch
Wheatear 3 on the edge of the recently ploughed field on the east side of the Castle Lake boundary wall
Two of the morns Wheatear
Spotted Flycatcher a juvenile also near the Wildlife Garden
Grey Partridge a covey of 12 between Castle Lake and the A1(M)

The Partridge Family

Other birds seen today including sightings from Dave Makinson & Ian Liddell were 3 Cormorant, 2 Common Buzzard together, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 600 Lapwing, an additional Ruff, 7 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 10+ Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest (along the bridlepath, my first since February!), Willow Tit, Bullfinch (2 adults and at least 1 juvenile along the bridlepath) and 2 Reed Bunting.

Stoneybeck Lake contained 2 Ruff and a Green Sandpiper.

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