In Dusk We Trust - Some Owling in Co.Durham, North East England, Great Britain
Leucistic Little Owl image copyright Hilary Chambers, Durham.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

DBC Castle Lake Nature Reserve.

Castle Lake (13:30-16:00)

Plan B would surely pay off - yesterday the Washington Wader-man had Wood Sand, 2 Comm Sand, 11Ringed Plover, Channel Wagtail etc

Other than the 5 or 6 Lrp, not a sniff of a passage wader ! Amazing !

Greylag with 7 gosling, 3GCGrebe, 2m1fWigeon, prTeal, 2pr+1mShoveller

350 hirundines -

150Swallow, 200Sand Martin
120Swift arrived after 3pm



10+Yellow Wagtail


2pr Stock Dove, fem Wheatear

3Common Buzzard, imm male Sparrowhawk, 4Kestrel, 1Little Owl, adult male Peregrine circling over at 3pm as hail/rain was easing off.

Highlight was one of the first things i saw :-
An adult Hobby (13:45) cruising low towards me between Hide & farmyard, before heading off slowly to A1 Flashes, allowing some superb views. -

Lack of waders had already paled into insignificance . . .

but the fone rang to tell of our first (late) Greenshank on the patch.

Stoneybeck -
little change here, though its looking very good
1GCGrebe, 1CommSand, 3Curlew, 16C.Gull, mWheatear,
Little Oak in reg hole in Oak,
pairs of Pochard, Shoveller, Shelduck, Teal, Tree Sparrow & 2pr Gadwall

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