Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Welcome Back To The Winter Birds

Definately a case of out with the old and in with the new today at Castle Lake as some species put in their first appearance since last winter.
The most noticeable was a major passage of Fieldfare and Redwing with at least 600 of the former and 200 of the latter passing over in four hours this morning. Most carried on heading south or south-west although some did land including these next to the sewage works.

5 Whooper Swan were in until 10:25 when they departed into the murky weather conditions heading north.

Couldn't get all of them in the same shot.

others present included 50 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 70 Teal, 5 Goldeneye (1male4female), 8+ Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, male Peregrine, 600 Golden Plover, 800 Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 18+ Snipe, 2 Redshank, 4 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and the only reminder of summer a Chiffchaff along Foumarts Lane.

The only male in the group of Goldeneye. Five is the most I've seen here this year.

Some of the Shoveler shoveling.

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