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

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Lazy Dayzzzz / DBC Castle Lake Reserve

A Friday noon / early aftnoon visit to Bish Midd saw lots of species having their Siestas - i blame all this global warming, birds were never used to be this sleepy during the day.

Dozing sharp-ended duck at Stoneybeck

Three Wading Bed-fellows

after 15 mins the Pintail sprang into life !
Lifting its head up for 10 seconds, before hitting the snooze button & rolling over again

The trio waken as a Sprawk circles over

After 10 mins one of the juvvy Little Owls finally made a movement
(i thowt it might have pegged it, judging from the wooden cross behind)

Despite all the zeds getting knocked out, there was a fair bit of activity on Castle Lake

view from hide

Male Corn Bunt still jangling his keys

young Yella - 30+ in area today

Snipe on post - cant remember seeing passage birds sitting out like this . . . we did kick up some one July 3 or 4 year back & wondered if we might have a breeding pair - but the site has good coverage now & i doubt we could have missed a drumming male . . . ?

2 of our 7 Gadwall broods

Viewing from the Eastern boundary wall, looking back Westward - Common & Green Sand, Snipe & Yellow Wag


Green Sand

& 2 short clips of them feeding below the hide :-

Greenshank feeding below hide

Green Sand feeding below hide

Nice to chat with other DBC members in the hide: Superb place, time just fly's by

Species List for Stoneybeck / Lake / A1 Flash (singular) / Railway / Allans Pool
74 species -   (11:30-16:30)

1Pintail, 12Shoveller, 450(254 on C.Lake) Greylag, 6Teal, 7broods Gadwall, 4-5GCGrebe, 20+Dabchick, 3Shelduck, 1Pochard, 1Wigeon, 6Canada Geese, 13Mute Swan, Coot 145CLake, Moorhen, Mallard, Tufted Duck

34+Yellow Wagtail, 1Grey Wagtail, 12Pied Wagtail, Kingfisher

4m Corn Bunting, 3 juv Willowt Tit, Long tail, Blue, Great Tit, 1GSW along the Stell
House Sparrow 2 within the nature reserve boundary were the first ive seen here, sev Tree Sparrows on Hursts,

Pheasant, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Grey Partridge, Magpie, Crow, Jackdaw, Rook

2-3Common Sandpiper, 7 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 15+Snipe, 450Lapwing, 5Curlew, 1Dunlin, 2Golden Plover, 1juv Little Ringed Plover

3 Little Owl, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2Kestrel

20Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, 2Reed Bunting, 1Skylark, 10Meadow Pipit, 12Linnet, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Robin, Wren, Dunnock

100Swift in distance, 2 over lake, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swallow

2LBBGull, 2Common Gull, 12BHGull, 1HGull, 1Cormorant over

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