Durham Bird Club's Castle Lake Nature Reserve

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Tuesday 5th July 2016

Today's sightings;

Castle Lake - 1f Pochard with 2 ducklings, c20 Tufted Duck with two broods of 6 & 7 ducklings, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Oystercatcher with at least 1 juvenile, 4 LRP, c80 Lapwing, 7 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Black-headed Gull of which two were juveniles, 1 Little Owl, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Greenfinch (scarce away from the village) and a singing Corn Bunting.

A1 Flashes - 6 Greylag Geese and 2 Grey Heron.

Wildlife Garden - Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and a family of Great Tit's.

Stoneybeck Lake - 3 Greylag Geese and 8 Oystercatcher.


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  2. Hi, I'm hoping to visit Castle Lake for the first time soon, primarily looking for Corn Buntings and Yellow Wagtails. I was wondering if you have any tips on best places to look?

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  4. Hi Corn Bunting are best picked up by their song, my advice would be to walk a complete circuit of the lake following the dry stone wall, with any luck you should come across one this way, the most reliable spot is the telegraph wire just beyond the north-east corner of the lake. Yellow Wagtail are often seen perched on the wall which runs down the western side of Castle Lake. Good luck and enjoy your visit.

  5. Thanks a lot. I'm just waiting for a sunny day so I can look for butterflies in the nearby quarries while I'm down there. That's really helpful. I'll let you know how I get on.

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