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25 Nov 2017

Reserve Update Saturday 25th November

Good morning for a wander….Goldcrest, Fieldfare, Redwing and Long-tailed Tits are present in the Hawthorns down the Avenue.  Due to their presence there was also a female Sparrowhawk perched up in one of the Sycamore trees first thing.  The Water Rail is back under the feeders again in the Peter Scott Trail.  There is a lovely flock of Golden Plover and Lapwing in the High Middle field as seen from Avenue Tower, also with four Dunlin mixed in as well.  The Kingfisher was observed on one of the Willow trees on Back Pond yesterday afternoon during the 2pm Swan Feed on Whooper Pond, so keep an eye out for it if visiting today!

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
YFN – Fearn
(Lost coloured ring) – Snoopy
(Lost coloured ring) – Blackbill Cupcake
YHH – Lady Ela

Today’s high tide is at 15:27, 8.3m.

Whooper Swans: 94
Barnacle Geese: around 8,000

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 77
Mute Swan 65
Mallard 145
Gadwall 1
Tufted Duck 44
Wigeon 108
Teal 7
Shoveler 8
Canada Geese 107
Moorhen 3
Greylag Geese 1
Cormorant 1

Folly Pond
Teal 90
Shoveler 25
Wigeon 125
Mallard 55
Canada Goose 11
Moorhen 2

Teal Pond
Mallard 5
Wigeon 41
Teal 2
Moorhen 3
Gadwall 9

Avenue Tower

Whooper Swan 27
Greylag Geese 25
Wigeon 200+
Teal 174
Pintail 1
Shoveler 10
Curlew 15
Lapwing 78
Little Egret 2
Grey Heron 1
Golden Plover 227
Dunlin 4
Roe Deer 5

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Great White Egret 1
Buzzard 1
Peregrine 2 adults (pair)
Merlin 1
Marsh Harrier 1  juv
Hen Harrier 1 ♂ & juv/♀
Mute Swan 2
Barnacle Geese 2,000+ (leucistic 1)
Pink-footed Geese 2000+
Shelduck 210
Pintail 860
Red-breasted Merganser 13
Teal 90
Wigeon 124
Golden Plover 285
Dunlin 5000+
Knot 3200+
Lapwing 485
Oystercatcher 1630
Curlew 77
Little Egret 6
Grey Heron 5
Great Black-backed Gull 30
Hebridean Sheep 10
Longhorn Cattle 2

Avenues & Feeders
(notable species)
Lesser Redpoll
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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