Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Bean A Long Time Coming

Birdguides yesterday reported a Tundra Bean Goose at Low Hardwick so I ventured down this afternoon as I still needed Bean Goose for my BM list having missed the last one (a Taiga) last year.
On arrival most of the Geese were on the pond located on the southern part of the A1 flashes and difficult to see but fortunately after a short while they all gradually flew into a nearby field allowing much better views and after a few sweeps through the Greylag flock the TBG gave itself up alongside 2 White-fronted Geese.
Tundra Bean Goose on the left.
Also at Low Hardwick were a Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and a staggering c1000 Golden Plover.

Birds of note on Castle Lake included 7 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper and this drake Goosander.

BM Year Tick #136 Tundra Bean Goose (BM Patch Tick #149)

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