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2 Bitterns at rest in the main lake reeds

2 Bitterns at rest in the main lake reeds

  1 Iceland Gull 3rd cyr - main lake 2 Bittern - main lake (N+SE shores) 1 Shelduck - main lake 4 Mistle Thrush - O.C.P 1 Water Pipit - marsh (southern bund) 5 Meadow Pipit - flew NW 1 Chiffchaff - wildside 1 Little Owl - flew from the entrance area into West route 1 Peregrine - over main lake   January bird highlights: Shelduck, Goldeneye, Bittern, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, Little Owl, Peregrine, Red Kite, Kestrel, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Water Pipit, Kingfisher. Bitterns (up to 4 birds so far) can be found mostly on the main lake shores, particularly the north shore. The flooded wader scrape and marsh have plenty of feeding winter duck including Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon and Teal, as well as Jack Snipe, Snipe and Water Pipit. Also on the main lake there’s been occasional Yellow-legged Gull, hunting Peregrine, Water Rail, Snipe and Lapwing. Gadwall and Goldeneye can be found on the reservoir lagoon. Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail and Reed Bunting can be seen and heard in any of the reedbed areas, particularly on the wildside west route.

Sunday sightings

Sunday sightings

Martin Smith Hide The Jack Snipe is still proving very popular and showing on and off from the Martin Smith Hide, also 4+ Common Snipe, Water Rail and a Cetti's Warlber here and two Chiffchaff this morning. The JS has been favouring the eastern (right hand) cut sedge/rush island. Willow Hide Two Water Rail seen here today. Knott Hide 180 Wigeon on the pool. Holden Tower At least three Cranes plus two Peregrine and the Barnacle and Canada Geese. 25+ Linnet roaming the salt pasture and saltmarsh. Tack Piece Got busier through the day with flocks of Wigeon, Starling, Greylag, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Redshank and at least 9 Ruff, 200+ Dunlin and 20 Curlew. Many of the Bewick's Swans fed here during the day. 5 E. White-fronted Geese were among the Greylags. Rushy Hide 98 Bewick's Swans (+2 on Tack Piece), 100+ Pintail and 125 Pochard (24 females). South Lake Great Crested Grebe, 45 Shoveler, 80 Teal, 14 Cormorant, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 540 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin and a Snipe. A single Bewick's Swan was resting here. 40+ Herring, 2 Lesser Black-backed, single Common and 250 Black-headed Gulls. Zeiss Hide 70 Golden Plover, 300+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal and 300+ Lapwing early morning. Kingfisher Hide The E.White-fronted Goose flock was in the field to the south of the hide today, a Peregrine was seen mobbing a Buzzard. Grounds Chiffchaff by the Otter enclosure with a Treecreeper and Goldcrests.

Today's Highlights

Today's Highlights

Cattle egret and sheep by Steve Ball Whooper swan Mute swan Greylag geese Canada geese Shelduck Pochard Wigeon Pintail Teal Mallard Ring-necked duck Tufted duck Ringed teal (escapee) Shoveler Moorhen Coot Black-tailed godwit Lapwing Golden plover Cormorant Little egret Great white egret Cattle egret x 2 Redshank Snipe Marsh harrier Kestrel Peregrine Merlin Tree sparrow House sparrow Goldfinch Reed bunting Linnet Stonechat Pied wagtail Starling Brown hares Roe deer

Black-tailed Godwit on the wader scrape

Black-tailed Godwit on the wader scrape

  1 Black-tailed Godwit - wader scrape 1 Jack Snipe - wader scrape p.m. 1 Yellow-legged Gull - main lake 1 Bittern - main lake (North shore) 2 Pintail - reservoir lagoon 1 Shelduck - main lake 6 Fieldfare - South route 1 Water Pipit - grazing marsh 2 Peregrine - perched on hospital. Also seen stooping on a Crow over the sheltered lagoon 4 Mistle Thrush - overflow car park   December/January bird highlights: Shelduck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Bittern, Great White Egret, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, Little Owl, Peregrine, Red Kite, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Brambling, Water Pipit, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Kingfisher. Bitterns (up to 4 birds so far) can be found mostly on the main lake shores, particularly the north shore. The flooded wader scrape and marsh have plenty of feeding winter duck including Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon and Teal, as well as Jack Snipe, Snipe and Water Pipit. Also on the main lake there’s been occasional Yellow-legged Gull, hunting Peregrine, Water Rail, Snipe and Lapwing. Gadwall and Goldeneye can be found on the reservoir lagoon. Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail and Reed Bunting can be seen and heard in any of the reedbed areas, particularly on the wildside west route.

Today's sightings

Today's sightings

Bewick's swans Whooper swan Mute swan Greylag Canada goose White-fronted goose x 8 Shelduck Shoveler Mallard Pintail Wigeon Teal Ringed teal (escapee) Pochard Tufted duck Ring-necked duck Cormorant Coot Moorhen Water rail Great egret Cattle egret x 2 Little egret Curlew Black-tailed godwit Redshank Lapwing Golden plover Herring gull Lesser black-backed gull Black-headed gull Starling Meadow pipit Reed bunting Tree sparrow House sparrow Dunnock Goldfinch Chaffinch Long-tailed tit Wren Fieldfare Blackbird Stonechat Pheasant Magpie Rook Carrion crow Kestrel Marsh harrier Buzzard Barn owl Mammals Roe deer x 5

Jack Snipe and Water Rails

Jack Snipe and Water Rails

Rushy Bewick's Swan 108 Pintail 120 Pochard 110 Teal 300 Lapwing 400 Redshank 1 Dunlin 3 Snipe 7 Robbie Garnett Snipe 1 Jack Snipe 1 showing well (09.00) Great close up views of Pintail, Wigeon and Teal. Tack Piece   Whitefronted Goose 10 Close views from Stephen Kirk hide. Wigeon 920 Teal 230 Pintail 21 Shoveler 12 Lapwing 370 Golden Plover 130 Flying over. Ruff 14 Redshank 14 Holden Tower Whitefronted Goose flock (139) landed on the estuary. Barnacle Goose 240 Canada Goose 230 Crane 2 Wigeon 90 very close to hide. Peregrine 2 South Lake Teal 260 Shoveler 63 Lapwing 400 Ruff 2 Dunlin 6 Black Tailed Godwit 21 Oystercatcher 1 Cormorant 12 Great Crested Grebe 1 Zeiss Hide Wigeon 1000 Teal 355 Lapwing 469 Dunlin 26 Black Tailed Godwit 1 Snipe 4  

Latest Sightings - Saturday 12th January

Latest Sightings - Saturday 12th January

Opening times: 10am - 5pm every day except Christmas Day No sign of the Green-winged Teal yet this morning, but it could still be around. Not as many Teal on the Folly Pond first thing, so it could have moved to the Flood Ground or Teal Pond. A large flock of Lapwing and Starlings are moving between fields around the Avenue Tower and the Corner Field. Plenty of Barnacle Geese in the fields as well. Named Whooper Swan arrivals: YHS - Solway Siren Lost Darvic - Hagar YJL - Linda H YSJ - Sheldon Whooper ZVY - Orchid YFS - Obi Swan Kenobi Lost Darvic - Princess Layer XLN - Gylfi YFU - Magnus YHV- Wowsie (+ 1 cygnet) ZXJ - Ruth C (+ 4 cygnets) Z6L - Rooby & Z7S - Bowie (+ 2 cygnets) Z5N - Andy YFB - Eric Anthony YTC - Margaret Ruth Z9F - Hendrik APR - Elsie Barbara YRG - Lucky Linda ZJA - Annabel YRS - Stephen YSK - Countess of Boulogne YFF - Solway Annie ZXP - Mary ZGT - Butterbur YRN - Douglas Flintoff YSF - Topsy Lost darvic - Kate Two Lost darvic - New York Lady Lost darvic - Atty Lost darvic - Renfrew Lost darvic - Paisley Lost darvic - Aspen APC - George YFP - Bekah Jo (+ 3 cygnets) YHH - Lady Ela (+ 1 cygnet) XKA - Eleanor Z6R - Archie YPH - McMurdoston YTF - Odette YPV - McNoo ZKZ - Hector Lost Darvic - Snoopy YRH - Rufus Lost Darvic - Silje Lost Darvic - Blackbill Cupcake Lost Darvic - Suzanne Lost Darvic - T. J. Whooper Lost Darvic - Whoopie ZVA - Bonsai ZFJ - Beryl Around the reserve: Whooper Pond Whooper Swan 126 (including 20 cygnets) Mute Swan 60 (including 10 cygnets) Canada Goose 30 Mallard 190 Tufted Duck 30 Greater Scaup 2 (one is a suspected hybrid) Teal 11 Wigeon 170 Moorhen 7 Oystercatcher 2 Folly Pond Teal 50 Wigeon 200 Shoveler 25 Mallard 45 Shelduck 10 Redshank 5 Black-tailed Godwit 19 Teal Pond Mallard 7 Moorhen 1 Avenue Tower Mallard Teal Shoveler Wigeon Gadwall Pintail Curlew Lapwing Golden Plover Mute Swan Whooper Swan Barnacle Geese Longhorn Cattle 2 Saltcot Merse Observatory Pink-footed Geese Barnacle Geese Greylag Geese Canada Geese Peregrine Merlin Hen Harrier Buzzard Mute Swan Shelduck Mallard Lapwing Oystercatcher Curlew Little Egret Great Black-backed Gull Black-headed Gull Common Gull Herring Gull Hebridean Sheep 12 Avenues & Feeders (notable species) Yellowhammer Bullfinch Reed Bunting Sparrowhawk Coal Tit Great Tit Blue Tit Robin Blackbird Chaffinch Long-tailed Tit Goldfinch Greenfinch House Sparrow Tree Sparrow Treecreeper Song Thrush Great-spotted Woodpecker Goldcrest Webcam The winter webcam is now showing the Whooper Pond during the day and the badger feeding area from 5pm onwards. https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/experience/webcam/ Twitter & Facebook Follow us on Twitter @WWTCaerlaverock for instant WWT Caerlaverock bird news, wildlife news and upcoming events to your mobile phone or computer. This is a great way to get instant news as we update from our mobile phones as we are finding the birds. You can also ‘Like’ us on Facebook https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/ joe.bilous@wwt.org.uk

Pintail & Bittern on our main lake

Pintail & Bittern on our main lake

Kestrel hunting off the Nature Trail (Tom McKibbin) 1 Bittern - main lake (North shore) 3 Snipe - wader scrape 6 Pintail - main lake, grazing marsh 1 Yellow Legged Gull - main lake 11 Fieldfare - entrance area 1 Water Pipit - grazing marsh 1 Kestrel - South route 1 Peregrine - perched on hospital December/January bird highlights: Shelduck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Bittern, Great White Egret, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, Little Owl, Peregrine, Red Kite, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Brambling, Water Pipit, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Kingfisher. Bitterns (up to 4 birds so far) can be found mostly on the main lake shores, particularly the north shore. The flooded wader scrape and marsh have plenty of feeding winter duck including Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon and Teal, as well as Jack Snipe, Snipe and Water Pipit. Also on the main lake there’s been occasional Yellow-legged Gull, hunting Peregrine, Water Rail, Snipe and Lapwing. Gadwall and Goldeneye can be found on the reservoir lagoon. Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail and Reed Bunting can be seen and heard in any of the reedbed areas, particularly on the wildside west route.

Wildlife sightings - 11/01/19

Wildlife sightings - 11/01/19

Wader Lake (AM, high tide): Grey heron 5 (in heron hedge) Shelduck Teal Shoveler Curlew Common snipe Black-headed gull Kestrel 1 (in heron hedge)   Saline lagoon (AM, high tide): Curlew 60 Shelduck 4 Teal 8   Hawthorn Wood feeding station: Brambling 6 Chaffinch 26 Goldfinch 4 Greenfinch 6 Bullfinch 22 Siskin 1 Lesser redpoll 6 Mealy redpoll 2 Willow tit 2 Great-spotted woodpecker 3 Nuthatch 2 Treecreeper 1   Plus: Cormorant on the river 2 Canada goose on the river 1 Redshank on the river 9 Tree sparrow on the centre feeders 16 Jay on Wader Lake footpath 2 Tufted duck at the reservoir 42 Shelduck at the reservoir 8 Common frog at the amphibian pond Hazel catkins across site Snowdrops emerging across site

Today's sightings

Today's sightings

Bewick's swan Whooper swan Mute swan Greylag Canada goose White-fronted goose x 8 Shelduck Shoveler Mallard Pintail Gadwall Wigeon Teal Ringed teal (escapee) Pochard Tufted duck Coot Moorhen Water rail Little egret Black-tailed godwit Redshank Snipe Lapwing Starling Reed bunting Tree sparrow Goldfinch Great tit Blue tit Stonechat Stock dove Sparrowhawk Kestrel Hen harrier (ring-tail) Marsh harrier Buzzard Short-eared owl

Latest Sightings - Friday 11th January - Green-winged Teal is back

Latest Sightings - Friday 11th January - Green-winged Teal is back

Opening times: 10am - 5pm every day except Christmas Day The drake Green-winged Teal has reappeared on the Folly Pond today, currently best viewed from Sharp's Lookout. Named Whooper Swan arrivals: YHS - Solway Siren Lost Darvic - Hagar YJL - Linda H YSJ - Sheldon Whooper ZVY - Orchid YFS - Obi Swan Kenobi Lost Darvic - Princess Layer XLN - Gylfi YFU - Magnus YHV- Wowsie (+ 1 cygnet) ZXJ - Ruth C (+ 4 cygnets) Z6L - Rooby & Z7S - Bowie (+ 2 cygnets) Z5N - Andy YFB - Eric Anthony YTC - Margaret Ruth Z9F - Hendrik APR - Elsie Barbara YRG - Lucky Linda ZJA - Annabel YRS - Stephen YSK - Countess of Boulogne YFF - Solway Annie ZXP - Mary ZGT - Butterbur YRN - Douglas Flintoff YSF - Topsy Lost darvic - Kate Two Lost darvic - New York Lady Lost darvic - Atty Lost darvic - Renfrew Lost darvic - Paisley Lost darvic - Aspen APC - George YFP - Bekah Jo (+ 3 cygnets) YHH - Lady Ela (+ 1 cygnet) XKA - Eleanor Z6R - Archie YPH - McMurdoston YTF - Odette YPV - McNoo ZKZ - Hector Lost Darvic - Snoopy YRH - Rufus Lost Darvic - Silje Lost Darvic - Blackbill Cupcake Lost Darvic - Suzanne Lost Darvic - T. J. Whooper Lost Darvic - Whoopie ZVA - Bonsai Around the reserve: Whooper Pond Whooper Swan 148 (including 26 cygnets) Mute Swan 60 (including 10 cygnets) Canada Goose 30 Mallard 190 Tufted Duck 30 Greater Scaup 2 (one is a suspected hybrid) Teal 11 Wigeon 170 Moorhen 7 Oystercatcher 2 Folly Pond Teal 470 Wigeon 125 Shoveler 25 Mallard 45 Shelduck 10 Redshank 2 Black-tailed Godwit 4 Teal Pond Mallard 7 Moorhen 1 Barnacle Geese 31 Avenue Tower Mallard Teal Shoveler Wigeon Gadwall Pintail Curlew Lapwing Golden Plover Mute Swan Whooper Swan Barnacle Geese Longhorn Cattle 2 Saltcot Merse Observatory Pink-footed Geese Barnacle Geese Greylag Geese Canada Geese Peregrine Merlin Hen Harrier Buzzard Mute Swan Shelduck Mallard Lapwing Oystercatcher Curlew Little Egret Great Black-backed Gull Black-headed Gull Common Gull Herring Gull Hebridean Sheep 12 Avenues & Feeders (notable species) Yellowhammer Bullfinch Reed Bunting Sparrowhawk Coal Tit Great Tit Blue Tit Robin Blackbird Chaffinch Long-tailed Tit Goldfinch Greenfinch House Sparrow Tree Sparrow Treecreeper Song Thrush Great-spotted Woodpecker Goldcrest Webcam The winter webcam is now showing the Whooper Pond during the day and the badger feeding area from 5pm onwards. https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/experience/webcam/ Twitter & Facebook Follow us on Twitter @WWTCaerlaverock for instant WWT Caerlaverock bird news, wildlife news and upcoming events to your mobile phone or computer. This is a great way to get instant news as we update from our mobile phones as we are finding the birds. You can also ‘Like’ us on Facebook https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/ joe.bilous@wwt.org.uk

Great Views of Whitefronted Geese

Great Views of Whitefronted Geese

South Lake Hide Good flock of 640 Lapwings with 4 Ruff, 20 Dunlin and 2 Black Tailed Godwit among them. A couple of snipe around the edges  and 240 Teal. Only a handful of Pochard and Tufted Duck this morning but 6 Cormorant and a Great Crested Grebe. The large gathering of Shoveler have dropped to just 54 today. Rushy 108 Bewick's Swan roosted overnight and have started moving into the Tack Piece and the four score field near the Kingfisher Hide. The usual mass of Pochard, Pintail and Tufted Duck. There were single Redshank, Dunlin and Grey Wagtail and at least 8 snipe along the left hand edge. Holden Tower and Walkway Around 100 Lapwing on the Tack Piece with 30 dunlin and 2 Ruff among them, at least 500 Wigeon here with a further 550 on the Dumbles scrape. Only a single Snipe at the Martin Smith but keep checking the Jack Snipe showed well here all day yesterday. Two Water rail at the Willow Hide and Peregrine, Buzzard and Raven on the Dumbles. Zeiss and South Finger Great close up views of 144 Whitefronted Geese from the Kingfisher hide. Very mobile Lapwing (750), Dunlin (43) and Golden Plover (10) especially when buzzed by a Peregrine. There were 720 Wigeon  and 350 Teal on the scrape and a Cettis was singing close to the hide Grounds A Treecreeper, 3 Goldcrest, lots of Tits and 2 Chiffchaff were around the Otter pen but no sign of the Yellow Browed warbler.  

Duck Duck Pipit??

Duck Duck Pipit??

5 Pintail - main lake 1 Goldeneye - sheltered lagoon 1 Shelduck - main lake 1 Water Pipit - wader scrape 2 Siskin - sheltered lagoon 2 Peregrine - perched on hospital ledge 1 Iceland Gull - main lake December/January bird highlights: Shelduck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Bittern, Great White Egret, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, Little Owl, Peregrine, Red Kite, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Brambling, Water Pipit, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Kingfisher. Bitterns (up to 4 birds so far) can be found mostly on the main lake shores, particularly the north shore. The flooded wader scrape and marsh have plenty of feeding winter duck including Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon and Teal, as well as Jack Snipe, Snipe and Water Pipit. Also on the main lake there’s been occasional Yellow-legged Gull, hunting Peregrine, Water Rail, Snipe and Lapwing. Gadwall and Goldeneye can be found on the reservoir lagoon. Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail and Reed Bunting can be seen and heard in any of the reedbed areas, particularly on the wildside west route.

Water Pipit feeding close to the Wildside Hide

Water Pipit feeding close to the Wildside Hide

Water Pipit by Naomi Landy 1 Caspian Gull 2nd winter - reservoir lagoon 1 Jack Snipe - scrape 1 Bittern - main lake (North shore) 1 Water Pipit - marsh 1 Shelduck - main lake 1 Kestrel (female) - sheltered lagoon   December/January bird highlights: Shelduck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Bittern, Great White Egret, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, Little Owl, Peregrine, Red Kite, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Brambling, Water Pipit, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Kingfisher. Bitterns (up to 4 birds so far) can be found mostly on the main lake shores, particularly the north shore. The flooded wader scrape and marsh have plenty of feeding winter duck including Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon and Teal, as well as Jack Snipe, Snipe and Water Pipit. Also on the main lake there’s been occasional Yellow-legged Gull, hunting Peregrine, Water Rail, Snipe and Lapwing. Gadwall and Goldeneye can be found on the reservoir lagoon. Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail and Reed Bunting can be seen and heard in any of the reedbed areas, particularly on the wildside west route.

Today's sightings

Today's sightings

Whooper swan Bewick's swan Mute swan Bean goose Canada goose Greylag goose White fronted goose Pink footed goose Pochard Pintail Shelduck Wigeon Mallard Teal Ringed teal (escapee) Gadwall Coot Moorhen Little egret Cattle egret x2 Snipe Dunlin Redshank Lapwing Black tailed godwit Stonechat Cetti's warbler Tree sparrow House sparrow Reed bunting Wren Great tit Blue tit Fieldfare Starling Short-eared owl Buzzard