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16 Nov 2017

Reserve Update 16th November – Waders Galore

What a change from yesterday morning, lovely start to the day!  Avenue Tower is the place to be with 18 Little Egret, a mixed flock of over 1500 Golden Plover and Lapwing, plus Curlew, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank.  Three drake Pintail on the Flood Ground along with Gadwall and Shoveler.  Yesterday afternoon it was noticed that we did not just have one solitary hybrid Barnacle Goose but a second one had turned up as well.  Both in the flock feeding in the Lochar field.

Photo: Golden Plover and Lapwing in the sunshine (Photo credit Lottie Glover)

Named Whooper Swan arrivals:

YHS – Solway Siren
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
YPA – Eleanor
YSF – Topsy
YJL – Linda H
YTC – Margaret Ruth
APR – Elsie Barbara & YFB – Eric Anthony
ZGJ – Balthazar & YFP – BekahJo
YKJ- Hagar (lost coloured darvic ring)
YHV – Wowsie
YHD – Fionnaghal
Z4A – Argyll
YRK – Gylfi
YRN – Douglas Flintoff
YJF – Professor Sponge
YPK – Euan David
(Lost coloured ring) – New York Lady
ZDL – Rose (in with her mate and 2 cygnets)
YDK – Rowenna (in with a mate and 1 cygnet)
Z5N – Andy
Z9T – Suzanne (in with her mate, possibly cygnets – so watch this space)
YHC – Charlie (in with a mate and 1 cygnet)
ZAB – Atty & YJH – Kate Two
APC- George
(Lost coloured ring)- Aspen
Z7G- Charners
YSK- Countess of Boulogne & YRS- Steven      A pair with 5 cygnets

Today’s high tide is at 10:08, 8.6m.

Whooper Swans: 135
Barnacle Geese: around 6,000

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 135
Mute Swan 50
Mallard 234
Gadwall 1
Tufted Duck 50
Wigeon 51
Teal 6
Canada Geese 45
Moorhen 1

Folly Pond
Teal 500
Shoveler 27
Wigeon 400
Mallard 4
Canada Goose 3

Teal Pond
Mallard 6
Wigeon 79
Teal 1
Moorhen 4
Mute Swan 3
Whooper Swan 1
Greylag Geese 6
Gadwall 7
Shoveler 2
Grey Heron 1

Avenue Tower
Hen Harrier 1 (female/juv)
Wigeon 87
Teal 83
Shoveler 8
Pintail 3
Curlew 16
Lapwing 505
Little Egret 18
Golden Plover 1000+
Black-tailed Godwit 20
Cormorant 1
Redshank 1
Dunlin 6
Roe Deer 5

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Great White Egret 1
Buzzard 1
Peregrine 2 adults (pair)
Merlin 1
Marsh Harrier 1  juv
Hen Harrier Male and Ringtail
Mute Swan 18
Barnacle Geese 7,500+ (leucistic 1)
Pink-footed Geese 2000+
Shelduck 1000+
Pintail 860
Red-breasted Merganser 6
Teal 20
Wigeon 140
Golden Plover 530
Dunlin 500
Lapwing 485
Oystercatcher 1570
Curlew 10
Little Egret 6
Cormorant 6
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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