Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Sunday 20th December 2015

Sightings from this morning, no fog, no ice, sunny, lots of water and some good birds.

Stoneybeck Lake - looking back to its best, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 100 Pink-footed Geese flew in from the south mid-morning, 50+ Greylag Geese, 50+ Canada Geese, various numbers of Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Teal & Coot, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 Grey Partridge, 1 female Kestrel, 20+ Lapwing, 1 Curlew, c120 Fieldfare, 10 Goldfinch and 2 Bullfinch.

Castle Lake - 3 Shelduck, 1 female Pintail, 2 female Goldeneye, 4+ Shoveler, the Gadwall x Tufted Duck hybrid was back again, 2 Cormorant, 30 Golden Plover, 91 Curlew, 18 Redshank and 12 Stock Dove.

A1 Flashes - 15 Curlew.

Distant Whooper Swan on Stoneybeck Lake this morning.

(I make it) exactly 100 Pink-footed Geese on final approach for landing at Stoneybeck.

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