Recent Sightings - 13th October

The following sightings were reported by Kerry Mackie, WWT Castle Espie Reserve Manager and Peter Matchett, Seasonal Reserve Warden and Kez Armstrong, Aviculture Warden.

The latest Brent count has picked up around 24,000 Brent Geese on Strangford Lough with around 2,400 Brent Geese in the Castle Espie area. A pair of Whooper Swans came in to land on the main lake before continuing their journey further North.


Brent 2,390

Oystercatcher 670

64 Curlew

5 Egrets

30 Lapwing

310 Eider

17 Great crested Grebe

6 Merganser

1,200 Widgeon in the area


Main lake

4 Pintail

2 Teal

2 Gadwall

18 Tufted ducks

Wader Marsh

1 Curlew

Freshwater Lagoon

1 Kingfisher

1 Heron

7 Tufted ducks

Saline Lagoon

1 Heron

3 Little Grebe


16 Oystercatcher

Limestone Lake

2 Little Grebe