Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween Harrier

The Bishop Middleham and Low Hardwick area is certainly enjoying an excellent few weeks for birds of prey with another ringtail Hen Harrier sighting today, though it looks like the Rough-legged Buzzard may have moved on.

Hen Harrier hunting the Alan's Pool area, before heading over to Low Hardwick.

Flock of about 150 Goldfinch were feeding in set-aside on Island Farm.

One of only two Common Buzzard seen today over Low Hardwick, both birds seen hovering occaisionally, maybe they've learnt it from the Rough-legged.

Low Hardwick also produced a good selection of other stuff including 4 Mute Swan, 8 Wigeon over onto the A1 flashes, 2 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 80 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Redwing, Goldcrest, Willow Tit, 3 Jay, 12 Bullfinch together and small numbers of Siskin and Lesser Redpoll.

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