Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Monday, 8 September 2014

Monday 8th September 2014

Sightings for today;

Mute Swan  Quite a few around again today including seven in flight together over Low Hardwick heading towards Hardwick Hall and three well grown cygnets on Fishburn Lake.

Shelduck  One juvenile at Stoneybeck Lake.

Wigeon  Nine at Castle Lake and unusually a single on Fishburn Lake.

Great Crested Grebe  one in non-breeding plumage on Castle Lake.

Cormorant  six at Castle Lake including three which flew in together from the north.

Little Egret  at least five today either on Castle Lake or on the River Stell.

Common Buzzard  one seen on two separate occasions over the A1 flashes.

Sparrowhawk  three separate sightings of probably two different birds.

Kestrel  two together at the southern end of Castle Lake.

Hobby  one mobbed by Crow's before heading to Low Hardwick and seen to catch insects in flight whilst being mobbed by Swallow's at 11:50.

Lapwing  at least 500 in the general area.

Ruff  three at Castle Lake.

Black-tailed Godwit  still eleven on the A1 flashes, nine of which made a brief visit to Castle Lake.

Curlew  sixty-five on the A1 flashes.

Green Sandpiper  two at Castle Lake and another on flash next to the footpath leading to Fishburn Lake.

Common Sandpiper  a late individual at Castle Lake.

Kingfisher  two separate sightings including one at Castle Lake.

Swallow  still over one hundred seen today, mostly around Castle Lake.

Yellow Wagtail  one flew south calling just south of Castle Lake.

Grey Wagtail  two adults together chasing a Sparrowhawk(!) near Fishburn Lake.

Chiffchaff  a few still around including two singing near Fishburn Lake.

Other birds seen or heard today included Shoveler, Teal, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, House Martin, Sand Martin, Whitethroat, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Jay, Tree Sparrow and Bullfinch.

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