Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Jack In The Box

I always like the idea of birding in bad weather, especially if you can sit it out in a hide. This afternoon the strong north-easterly wind was blowing the heavy sleet horizontal and the hide was threatening to lift off its base.
Fortunately some excellent birds kept my mind off the weather, including my 150th species for Bishop Middleham - a Jack Snipe put in an unexpected and presumably weather related appearance feeding in fairly un-typical habitat at the edge of one of the Islands with a Common Snipe for company, offering a good size comparison. Poor picture below of it partially obscured by a rock.

Other highlights were 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper and incredibley given the weather 2 Sand Martin battling into the teeth of the gale.



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