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06 Oct 2017

Latest Sightings – 6th October – Influx overnight!

A massive influx of birds overnight means we now have 63 Whooper Swans split between the Whooper Pond and the Folly Pond. A few families of Whoopers have already made the trip down from Iceland.

There are also hundreds of Pink-footed Geese resting on the Solway mud, clearly they have just flown in from the north!

Named Whooper Swan arrivals:

ZHP – Andrew K    &    YFZ – Ruth C          A pair with 5 cygnets

YFS – Obi Swan Kenobi   &   YHZ – Princess Layer (probably, but she has lost her coloured darvic ring)

YSJ – Sheldon Whooper

YTG – Jack

Z6L – Rooby   &   Z7S Bowie        A pair with 1 cygnet

 

Today’s high tide is at 13:25, 9.6m

Whooper Swans: 63
Barnacle Geese:
201

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 29
Mute Swan 20
Mallard 147
Gadwall 1♂
Tufted Duck 20
Wigeon 3
Canada Geese 1
Greylag Geese 2

Folly Pond
Whooper Swan 34
Teal 500+
Shoveler 10
Black-tailed Godwit 10
Redshank 15
Greenshank 1

Teal Pond

Mute Swan 2
Moorhen 1
Gadwall 7

Avenue Tower
Mute Swan 2 & 1 cygnet
Grey Heron 1
Wigeon 4
Roe Deer 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Kestrel
Buzzard
Peregrine
Hen Harrier – ringtail
Mute Swan 18
Linnets – flocks of up to 60
Barnacle Geese 201
Pink-footed Geese 1000+
Roe Deer 5
Hebridean Sheep 10
Longhorn Cattle 2

Avenues & Feeders
(notable species)

Reed Bunting
Sparrowhawk
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Linnet
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Treecreeper
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Chiffchaff
Blackcap
Goldcrest

Webcam

The winter webcam is now showing the Whooper Pond during the day and the badger feeding area from 5pm onwards.

http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/experience/webcam/

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joe.bilous@wwt.org.uk