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12 Jun 2017

Monday update, June 12th

Calmer this morning after quite severe winds all of yesterday which made for difficult birding, though around the high tide there were several Fulmars and Gannets battling their way back out to sea from the Inner Solway where the inclement conditions had presumably blown them. A late flock of around 200 Ringed Plovers settled on the merse at the same time.

Quite a lot of late birdsong in the avenues this morning, with Song Thrush, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Sedge Warbler all giving of their best, dspite signs that the breeding season is nearly over for others – a flock of over 100 Lapwing yesterday. The Teal Pond Oystercatchers hatched 3 chicks; alas only one apparent this morning

 

 

 

Todays high tide is at 14:54, 8.6m

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
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
Wood Mouse

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

Folly Pond

Mallard 10
Moorhen 2 + 2 chicks
Shelduck 6
Black-tailed Godwit 3
Common Sandpiper 1
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 – 3 chicks so far

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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