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07 Oct 2017

Latest Sightings – 7th October – More Whoopers!

A few more Whooper Swans in this morning, but they are also feeding in fields north of the reserve.

Lots of Pink-footed Geese out on the mud this morning and some of them are still sleeping off their long journey. Barnacle Goose numbers haven’t changed yet, we are hoping for more northerly winds to bring them in over the next few days.

The female/juvenile Hen Harrier was hunting across the merse this morning, as was a Kestrel and Peregrine.

Named Whooper Swan arrivals:

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

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

YSJ – Sheldon Whooper

YTG – Jack

Z6L – Rooby   &   Z7S – Bowie        A pair with 1 cygnet

Z9F – Hendrick   &   Z6T – PP       A pair with 1 cygnet

YRG – Lucky Linda

YSU – Nye


Today’s high tide is at 14:02, 9.7m

Whooper Swans: 70 in the local area
Barnacle Geese:

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 44
Mute Swan 20
Mallard 150
Gadwall 1♂
Tufted Duck 20
Wigeon 7
Canada Geese 9
Greylag Geese 2
Hybrid Canada x Greylag 1

Folly Pond

Teal 500+
Wigeon 20
Shoveler 10
Black-tailed Godwit 10
Little Egret 1

Teal Pond
Mute Swan 2
Moorhen 1
Gadwall 7

Avenue Tower
Teal 30
Wigeon 4
Shoveler 2
Grey Heron 1
Roe Deer 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Hen Harrier – ringtail
Mute Swan 18
Linnets – flocks of up to 60
Barnacle Geese 340
Pink-footed Geese 2000+
Roe Deer 5
Hebridean Sheep 10
Longhorn Cattle 2

Avenues & Feeders
(notable species)

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


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


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