Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Monday, 20 February 2012

Itchy Pink-Feet

Getting into that time of year when some of the country's over-wintering birds are feeling a little restless and are starting to move back North, so it didn't come as a big surprise when 31 Pink-footed Geese went over Castle Lake this morning heading in a North-Westerly direction.

After a look-see from the hide I headed off to Low Hardwick, were a low flying exercise involving the Canadians was taking place.

After lunch another walk took me past Alan's Pool, around Fishburn Lake, past the A1 Flashes and back for another look from the Castle Lake hide.

Goosander pair, in transit from Alan's Pool to the southern A1 flashes.

The southern A1 flashes (formerly known as the Shooters Pool), are difficult to view unless your prepared to either get your feet wet or take a long walk, I chose the former and apart from the aforementioned Goosander, 3 Pintail, 2 Gadwall, some Mallard, Teal and a Grey Heron were seen. Apparently Water Rail have been seen here.
Mixed flock of Fieldfare and mole hills.

Birds of note at Castle Lake included 68 Canada Geese, 4 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 2 Grey Partridge, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Oystercatcher, Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 35 Curlew, 7 Redshank and the Green Sandpiper.

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