Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Sunday Best

Sightings today from Joe Hughes, John Olley and myself.

Castle Lake
Bittern seen again from 5.20pm exactly a month since it was first found, 19 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 1 Ringed Plover, 40 Golden Plover dropped-in mid-morning but didn't settle and soon departed, 7 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 15 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull (4 adults 2 juveniles), 1 Swift, 20 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail in the field behind the hide, 3 Chiffchaff with one singing near the old sluice gate on the River Stell, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Tit, juvenile Bullfinch and 4 Reed Bunting.

Mute Swan family on Alan's Pool this morning.

Wigeon numbers gradually increasing adding some welcome colour and noise.

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull watches on as two of its offspring fight over some inedible object.

One of the four Reed Bunting that appeared below the hide.

Hardwick Hall CP
8 Crossbill, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Willow Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 6 Song Thrush, Jay, 150 Coot.

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