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09 Sep 2017

Latest Sightings – 9th September – Saltcot Loaning Open

The Saltcot Loaning is open again today after the hedge cutting. There is still some work to do to reinstate the path, heavy machinery and heavy rain don’t mix very well, so please bear with us as we get both Avenues back how they should be. Walking boots or wellies are recommended!

The Hawthorns along the Saltcot Loaning are getting too tall, dying & falling over. Some have been cut to prolong their lives.
They will now bush out to provide better habitat for nesting birds in the summer.
Hawthorns need management to stop them becoming too leggy. They are better maintained as a hedge. This is why we have cut them.

The Folly Pond is busy again this morning with duck numbers increasing, 68 Lapwing and a single Green Sandpiper at the back of the pond.

Todays high tide is at 15:03, 9.4m

Around the reserve today:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 1
Mute Swan 6 + 4 cygnets
Mallard 135
Gadwall 1♂
Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 1

Folly Pond

Teal 176
Wigeon 2
Shoveler 23
Grey Heron 1
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Lapwing 68
Green Sandpiper 1
Snipe 6
Moorhen 6
House Martins – 39 nests on Farmhouse Tower (youngsters now flying)

Teal Pond

Mallard 14
Gadwall 4
Moorhen 3 + chick

Avenue Tower
Mallard 10
Teal 5
Mute Swan 2 & 1 cygnet
Little Grebe 1
Grey Heron 1
Brown Hare 1
Roe Deer 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Peregrine
Kestrel
Osprey
Buzzard

Swallows
Skylarks
Whooper Swan 1
Mute Swan 27
Linnets – flocks of up to 60
Canada Geese 300+
Greylag Geese 100+
Roe Deer 5
Hebridean Sheep 10
Longhorn Cattle 3

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

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