Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Great Black-backed

Sightings from Sunday 9th October at Castle Lake courtesy of John Olley and myself.

3 Barnacle Geese, 25 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 4 Cormorant, 4 Common Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 200 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 3 Dunlin, 35 Curlew, 1 Redshank, an extremely late Sand Martin flew through @09:00 and 1 Mistle Thrush.

Some of today's Wigeon.

Gull's of interest included those pictured below;

An adult Great Black-backed Gull next to one of three adult Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Three pictures of a Larus argentatus a.k.a. 'Scandinavian' Herring Gull.

Great Black-backed Gull is not a bird I've seen much of at Castle Lake in the last few years and today's individual was actually a year tick.

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