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11 Sep 2017

Update, Monday 11th September


A bright, sunny start to the day with a Peregrine hunting over the Folly Pond. Yesterdays WeBS (Wetlands Bird Survey) count is included in the list below.

Today the Saltcot Loaning is muddy and partially blocked for resurfacing after the hedge work of last week. There is still access to the tower, but wellies/boots are recommended. 2 Barnacle Geese (which over-summered here) are harbingers of what is to come soon. 2000 Shelduck can be seen at the merse edge, along with the first few 100 Pintail, particularly at low tide.

Today’s high tide is at 16:24 at 9.0m.

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 1
Mute Swan 6 + 4 cygnets
Mallard 200
Gadwall 1♂
Tufted Duck 2
Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 1

Folly Pond

Teal 170
Wigeon 12
Shoveler 23
Pintail 5
Grey Heron 1
Black-tailed Godwit 6
Lapwing 50
Green Sandpiper 1 (last seen Saturday)
Moorhen 3
House Martins – 39 nests on Farmhouse Tower (youngsters now flying)
Peregrine 1 adult

Teal Pond

Mallard 25
Coot 2
Moorhen 3

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

Saltcot Merse Observatory

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+
Knot 50
Golden Plover 20+
Mixed Gulls 3000+
Barnacle goose 2 (over-summered)
Pintail 200

Avenues & Feeders
(notable species)

Reed Bunting
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Willow Warbler

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