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Author: Kerry Mackie @ Castle Espie

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Recent sightings

Posted on 31st July 2012 by Kerry Mackie @ Castle Espie

Sightings from the 28th July have included ¬†Main Lake – 1 Kingfisher, 6 Wigeon ducks, 220 Mallards, 22 Greylags, 20 Tufted ducks and 1 Little Grebe. ¬†Wader Marsh ‚Äď 40 Oystercatchers, 25 Shelducks and 1 Greylag[...]

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Recent sightings

Posted on 25th July 2012 by Kerry Mackie @ Castle Espie

Sightings from the 22nd July have included Main Lake – 3 shelducks, 1 little grebes, 30 tufted ducks, 3 wigeon ducks, 9 greylags, 190 mallards, 1 kingfisher. Estuary – 140 curlews, 150 black headed gulls, 2 [...]

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Recent sightings

Posted on 16th July 2012 by Kerry Mackie @ Castle Espie

Reserve On the 15th July sightings on the main lake included 2 shelducks, 17 tufted ducks, 1 little grebe,  3 coots, 98 mallards. On the Limestone lake sightings included 1 little grebe with 4 young, 4 herons, 4 little[...]

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Numbers getting higher and higher

Posted on 29th November 2011 by Kerry Mackie @ Castle Espie

A recent count has shown that numbers are increasing of Dunlin (400), Shoveler (45), Goldeneye (12), Knot (300) and especially Shelduck that has now reached 1050. There are still 200 Whooper swans on site as the winter [...]

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Recent sightings at Castle Espie

Posted on 24th November 2011 by Kerry Mackie @ Castle Espie

Refuge Light bellied brent now down to 500 within the estuary gathering close to the Limekiln Observatory at high-water. Wigeon similarly reduced to approximately 130 with northern shoveler up to 38, shelduck now [...]

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Results from recent bird count

Posted on 17th November 2011 by Kerry Mackie @ Castle Espie

We have undertaken a bird count at Castle Espie and I am really pleased with the number of birds on site at the moment. 400+ black-tailed godwit that are feeding on stubble and can be seen flying back and forth … [...]

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Cold weather brings an influx of waders and duck

Posted on 8th November 2011 by Kerry Mackie @ Castle Espie

We undertook a Brent geese count yesterday and there are just over 5000 geese still in the area but a lot have now moved further south to spend the rest of the winter. However, the recent cold weather has brought &hellip[...]

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Migration news from Castle Espie

Posted on 28th October 2011 by Kerry Mackie @ Castle Espie

Pale bellied Brent, having arrived in record numbers to Strangford this year, are now continuing their journey southwards, refuelled and ready for their next stopover.¬†With a recent drop¬†of 15,000 geese, this week’[...]

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