Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Saturday, 24 March 2012


Vicious is the only word to describe this mornings behaviour from one of a pair of very territorial Herring Gull which have been around for a few days. The presence of any other large gull wouldn't be tolerated as this Lesser Black-backed Gull found to its cost.
Miraculously the Lesser Black-backed escaped to fight another day. Looks like a ring on its left leg.
Love the way the Coot's have gathered around, they love a good scrap themselves.

Other birds around Castle Lake this foggy morning included the following;
11 Shelduck, 96 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 4 GC Grebe, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine through east, Dunlin, 4 Snipe, Little Owl, Green Woodpecker very vocal, Meadow Pipit displaying, Corn Bunting singing.
This mornings Dunlin at a very murky Castle Lake.

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