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

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Waders Love DBC Castle Lake Reserve Day

11 species of wader on the main lake at Bishop Middleham today

Common, Green & Wood Sandpipers, Snipe, Ringed & Little Ringed Plover, Curlew, Dunlin, Lapwing, Oystercatcher and Greenshank.

Lap, Lrp, CommSand, WoodSand

Common Sand ( & Lrp )

Wood Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper (honest)

x2 Dunlin


Ringed Plover

juvenile Little ringed Plover

one of 5 broods of Gadwall seen today    ( 11, 11, 10, 8 & 6 )

Lots of other stuff too
Hobby, juv Peregrine, 3Buzzard, all 3 wagtails including several Yellow Wags, Tree Sparrows, Stock Doves etc

several young Yellow Wagtail - adults continuing to take food into standing crops, presumably 2nd broods

Looking south onto 'Wader Bay'  from the site of the old castle. - This area immediately north of the reserve is the area of open access land.

Short clip of 4 waders feeding :-

Wood & Common Sand, juv LRP & Lapwing

The reserve is still experiencing problems with visitors ( birders & non birders alike ) walking close to the waters edge - this results in a negative impact throughout the year, but especially so during breeding season.

I spoke to one guy today who was along the waters edge with his dog . . .

When i advised him that it would be helpful if he sticks to the designated acess routes, as the area was a nature reserve & private farmland,

his reply was "well them with the binoculars wander all over".

Please Note:

There is NO acess to any part of the shoreline, there are several maps posted on stiles etc, signposts & interpretive panels to help all visitors enjoy their visits.

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