Saturday, 18 August 2007

Not so Wilson's Phalarope, Co.Durham - 18th August 2007

After a morning in the North Yorkshire Moors between Pickering and Grosmont (where I saw a pair of Short Eared Owl) we decided to head North West on the A1 towards Durham. The site that the Adult Wilson's Phalarope had been frequenting for the past week or so, was south of Durham off j60 on the A1, at Bishap Middleham, on a flooded pool next to the Sewage works called Castle Lake.
On Arrival the visibility was quite poor due to the driving drizzle, but once next to the pool we were able to scan the pools with relative ease. Unfortunatly the Phalarope had not been seen after 09.00, so we were told on arrival...
Although the bird was not there, I did still enjoy it, as there were still plenty of waders - 6 Greenshank, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 3 Ruff and 3 Snipe.
On Arrival back home, I found out that whilst we were at the site, the bird was seen less than 5 miles away near Catterick Racecourse, which we past on the way home!

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