Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Wednesday 12th August 2015

Sightings from this mornings walk around Castle Lake;

Castle Lake - Wader passage has picked up with greater variety and bigger numbers, todays totals were 3 Little Ringed Plover (one still shepherding its small offspring), 2 adult Ringed Plover, c300 Lapwing, 6 Ruff (4 of which made a sojourn over at Alan's Pool), 1 juvenile Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Curlew, 6 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper. Others on offer included 3 Shoveler, 7+ Teal, 1 juvenile Little Grebe, 1 adult Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher in the south-west corner from/to the River Stell, at least 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Corn Bunting singing from telegraph wires near the north-east corner.

Alan's Pool - 2 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, the aforementioned 4 Ruff and best of all a Water Rail provided excellent views as it fed out in the bright warm sunshine, next to some Moorhen's.
(My first ever summer sighting of a Water Rail at BM. Whilst watching the Rail I became aware of a rustling noise coming from the long grass just off to my left, this revealed itself to be a Fox carrying a rabbit and just like the Water Rail seemed blissfully unaware of my presence :)

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