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09 Jun 2017

Latest sightings – 9th June – very wet Avenues

If you are planning to visit this weekend, boots or wellies are needed to get down the Avenues. It is very wet underfoot thanks to the heavy rain last week.

The Avenues are worth the walk at the moment, with fantastic numbers of young birds around. Recently fledged Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Blackcap and many more can be seen waiting for food in the Hawthorns.

The Oystercatcher eggs on the Teal Pond raft have still not hatched, but there are at least 3 Swallow chicks in the nest inside the Teal Pond Hide.

More wildflowers are springing up in the meadow, Dragonfly and Butterfly numbers are also on the increase!

Todays high tide is at 13:12, 8.7m

Around the reserve today:

Wildflowers
Hawthorn
Elder flower
Guelder Rose
Dog Rose
Red Campion
Cuckoo Flower
Herb Robert
Northern March Orchids
Common Spotted Orchid
Lesser Trefoil
Common Vetch
Tufted Vetch
Forget-me-not
Mousear
Red Clover
White Clover

Insects
Peacock Butterfly
Large White Butterfly
Orange Tip Butterfly
Green-veined White Butterfly
Small Tortoiseshell
Large Red Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly
Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly
Common Darter Dragonfly
Early Bumblebee
Tree Bumblebee
Common Carder Bumblebee
Red-tailed Bumblebee
Beefly
Drinker Moth caterpillar

Mammals
Brown Hare
Weasel
Roe Deer
Fox
Badger
Otter
Soprano Pipistrelle Bat – evening

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 2
Mute Swan 1
Mallard 27
Moorhen 2
Canada Goose 1

Folly Pond

Mallard 9
Moorhen 2 + 2 chicks
Shelduck 4
Black-tailed Godwit 3
Mute Swan 2
Oystercatcher 2
Black-headed Gull 2
House Martins collecting mud and nest building on Farmhouse Tower

Teal Pond

Mute Swan 1 – nesting
Swallows – with chicks on the left hand side and above entrance – enter slowly and quietly
Oystercatcher 2 – nesting on raft

Avenue Tower
Lapwing 8 – nesting
Black-headed Gull 10 – nesting
Shelduck 6
Barnacle Goose 1
Greylag Goose 1
Moorhen 2
Longhorn Cattle 3

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Peregrine
Kestrel
Osprey
Buzzard
Skylarks singing
Hebridean Sheep 10

Avenues & Feeders
(notable species)

Reed Bunting
Sparrowhawk
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Linnet
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Treecreeper
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Blackcap
Garden Warbler

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Osprey Webcam

See live footage of our local Osprey nest here: http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/experience/ospreys/

The camera is online between 10am and 5pm daily.

joe.bilous@wwt.org.uk