Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Tuesday, 29 May 2012


Couple of poor record pictures of todays Wood Sandpiper on the A1 flashes.

A Cuckoo was also heard today, calling from the Low Hardwick/Bradbury direction.

Some pictures of other recent Bishop Middleham sightings.

Common Sandpiper

Yellow Wagtail

Sedge Warbler

Monday, 7 May 2012

Sunday 6th May 2012

Birds seen this evening included the following;

Castle Lake;
6 Whimbrel, c8 LR Plover, 2 Pochard, Greylag pair with 3 gosling, 5+ Yellow Wagtail, 5 Wheatear.
A1 Flashes;
4 Curlew, Green Woodpecker.
Stoneybeck Lake;
2m Shoveler, 1f Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, albino Mallard, 2 Swift, 2 Grey Partridge

The first young'uns I've seen this year, three Greylag goslings.

Plenty of these around now, male and female Wheatear.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Tuesday 1st May 2012

Birds seen at Castle Lake this morning included the following;

5 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Black-headed Gull, 100 Herring Gull, 10 Common Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20+ Swift and 2 Wheatear.
Just some of the circa 100 Herring Gull at Castle Lake this morning, certainly unusual to see this many together, possible new site record?

On the A1 flashes were 13 Whimbrel.

Finally another (rubbish) picture of last Saturdays Sanderling.