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13 Sep 2017

Reserve Update Wednesday 13th August

Lovely start to the morning after the rains overnight (if visiting, do consider bringing your wellington boots).  The fist Pink-footed Geese have been seen flying across the reserve yesterday morning.  A group of 25 passed high overhead the Peter Scott Observatory, heading West.  Wader interest remains with 12 Black-tailed Godwit out on Folly Pond this morning and reports of small numbers of Ruff mixed in with the flock of Golden Plover out on the Merse yesterday afternoon.  There was a sighting of a very active Weasel outside the Peter Scott Observatory yesterday afternoon.  Large flocks of Goldfinch can be seen around the Paddock area, no doubt brought in by recent re-seeding.

Today’s high tide is at 17:14 at 8.1m.

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 1
Mute Swan 5+ 4 cygnets
Mallard 193
Gadwall 1♂
Tufted Duck 2
Cormorant 1
Canada Geese 3
Little Grebe 1

Folly Pond

Teal 299
Shoveler 14
Grey Heron 1
Black-tailed Godwit 12
Lapwing 32
Green Sandpiper 1 (last seen Saturday)
Moorhen 1
House Martins – 39 nests on Farmhouse Tower (youngsters now flying)
Peregrine 1 adult (last seen Monday)

Teal Pond

Mallard 25
Coot 2
Little Grebe 1
Moorhen 3

Avenue Tower
Mallard 10
Wigeon 12
Teal 5
Mute Swan 2 & 1 cygnet
Little Grebe 3
Grey Heron 1
Brown Hare 1
Roe Deer 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Kestrel
Buzzard

Swallows
Skylarks
Whooper Swan 1
Mute Swan 16
Linnets – flocks of up to 60
Canada Geese 300+
Greylag Geese 100+
Roe Deer 5
Hebridean Sheep 10
Longhorn Cattle 3

At high tide: 
Shelduck 2000
Curlew 100+
Dunlin 370+
Redshank
Knot 50
Golden Plover 20+
Mixed Gulls 3000+
Barnacle goose 2 (over-summered)
Pintail 200

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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Osprey Webcam

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

rhiannon.hatfield@wwt.org.uk