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12 Oct 2017

Reserve Update Thursday 12th October

Calmer day today with a lovely autumn blue sky first thing this morning.  The Barnacle Geese are taking advantage of the good weather after their enforced day on the Merse yesterday to move out into the fields for grazing.  Avenue Tower is a good spot as over 1,000 were present in the surrounding fields.  While making your way down there, keep eyes peeled for Treecreeper, Reed Bunting, Long-tailed Tit and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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 18:00, 8.2m

Whooper Swans: 75 in the local area
Barnacle Geese:

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 40
Mute Swan 27
Mallard 97
Gadwall 1♂
Tufted Duck 25
Wigeon 15
Teal 1
Canada Geese 55
Greylag Geese 2
Moorhen 2

Folly Pond

Teal 600
Shoveler 2
Wigeon 4
Greylag Geese 2
Moorhen 1
Curlew 14
Black-tailed Godwit 16

Teal Pond
Gadwall 12
Moorhen 3

Avenue Tower
Barnacle Geese 1,000+
Mute Swan 3
Whooper Swan 39
Grey Heron 1
Roe Deer 3

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Buzzard 1
Peregrine 2 adults (pair)
Merlin 1
Hen Harrier – ringtail
Mute Swan 18
Barnacle Geese 8,000+ (leucistic 3)
Pink-footed Geese 2000+
Shelduck 1000+
Pintail 860
Red-breasted Merganser 6
Teal 20
Wigeon 140
Black-headed Gull 420
Great Black-backed Gull 116
Herring Gull 317
Common Gull 654
Golden Plover 530
Dunlin 500
Lapwing 485
Oystercatcher 1570
Ring Plover 150
Curlew 10
Little Egret 6
Cormorant 6
Guillemot 1
Linnets – flocks of up to 60
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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