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11 Oct 2017

Reserve Update Wednesday 11th October – Wild Weather!


There are still over 10,000 Barnacle Geese on site today, mostly remaining down on the Merse due to the bad weather conditions.  The weather does seem to have led to an influx of Wigeon with over 200 in Corner field and more observed in the Newfield.  There were also 250+ Teal and 50+ Golden Plover taking advantage of the more sheltered conditions in Corner field.  No new named Whooper Swans have arrived and numbers joining us at the Swan feeds are usually around the forty to fifty mark currently.

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 16:57, 8.7m

Whooper Swans: 75 in the local area
Barnacle Geese:

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 41
Mute Swan 33
Mallard 97
Gadwall 1♂
Tufted Duck 34
Wigeon 7
Teal 3
Canada Geese 5
Greylag Geese 2
Cormorant 1
Moorhen 2

Folly Pond

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

Teal Pond
Gadwall 7
Mallard 5
Moorhen 2

Avenue Tower
Mute Swan 3
Mallard 1
Roe Deer 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Buzzard 1
Peregrine 2 adults (pair)
Merlin 1
Hen Harrier – ringtail
Mute Swan 18
Barnacle Geese 10,000+ (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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