Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

July Round-Up

Catching up with sightings from the last few weeks;

Tuesday 10th July;

Castle Lake;
9 Redshank through east, Tufted Duck pair with 7 ducklings, fem. Wigeon, 5 GC Grebe, 2 Grey Partridge.(NF).

Thursday 12th July;

Island Farm/Alan's Pools 
8 Corn Bunting, 48 Skylark, 14 Yellowhammer, 20 Meadow Pipit, 110 Linnet, 40 Swallow, 4 Grey Partridge, 20 Tree Sparrow, immature Stonechat, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Gadwall and 10 Mallard. (JO).

Saturday 14th July;
Castle Lake/A1 Flashes;
Little Ringed Plover with single chick, Common Sandpiper, 21 Oystercatcher, 95 Coot plus chicks, 2pr GC Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 160 Black-headed Gull, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Corn Bunting. (NF/MN).

Sunday 22nd July;
Castle Lake;
Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit(sp), Little Ringed Plover, Corn Bunting, 3 Tree Sparrows, Hobby came through at 1.30 hunting hirundines. (JH).

Tuesday 24th July;

Castle Lake;
8 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 1 Teal, Tufted Duck with broods of 5,5 & 1, 6 Little Grebe, 5 GC Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 LR Plover with single chick, 2 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 LBb Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Tree Sparrow, Corn Bunting singing.

A1 Flashes;
1 LR Plover, 16 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Sandpiper.

Stoneybeck Lake/Farnless Farm;
275 Greylag Geese, 6 Mute Swan, 3 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, Corn Bunting singing. (NF).

Wednesday 25th July;
Castle Lake;
21 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin. (DF).

Friday 27th July;
Castle Lake;
132 Coot, 500 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 10 Oystercatcher, Tufted Duck broods of 5,5,6 and 7. 6 Little Grebe, two Great Crested Grebes still sitting, 14 Tree Sparrow, 2 Grey 2 Yellow Wagtail. (JO).

Saturday 28th July;
Castle Lake;
female Marsh Harrier over at 17:15. (MR).

Sunday 29th July;
Castle Lake;
Common Buzzard, LRP with juvenile, 2 Golden Plover, 400 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, Common Sandpiper.   
A1 Flashes;
120 Greylag Geese, 3 Common Sandpiper, LRP, 25 Curlew, Yellow Wagtail. (NF).
In the afternoon a Pectoral Sandpiper was found on Castle Lake by Joe Hughes, the seventh record of this species at Bishop Middleham.

Monday 30th July;
Castle Lake;
3 Common Sandpiper, 600 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 LRP, 6 Oystercatcher, 120 sand Martin, 4 Yellow Wagtail. 
A1 Flashes;
Pectoral Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 10 Oystercatcher, 300 Lapwing, Buzzard. (JO).

Tuesday 31st July;
A1 Flashes;
Pectoral Sandpiper showing well between 07:30-10:00 though occaisionally elusive; also Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP (1 juv.), 2 Teal, 2 Stock Dove, Yellow Wagtail. 

Castle Lake;
Peregrine, 2 Common Tern over. (NF).

Farnless Farm/Stoneybeck Lake;
Hobby. (AK).

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