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22 Nov 2017

Reserve Update Wednesday 22nd November

Definitely a day to wear wellies if you are visiting!  Murky start is not helping with the counts but the Wigeon especially are liking all the flooded fields.  Approximately 300 birds both in Corner Field and Lochar field, still to spot an American with them though.  Over 50 Black-tailed Godwit still in Lochar field and one of the hybrid Barnacle Geese is visible in the fields surrounding the Avenue Tower.

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 14:18, 8.9m.

Whooper Swans: 144
Barnacle Geese: around 8,000

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 144
Mute Swan 57
Mallardb93
Gadwall 1
Tufted Duck 56
Wigeon 62
Teal 7
Shoveler 5
Canada Geese 46
Moorhen 5
Greylag Geese 1
Cormorant 1

Folly Pond
Teal 90
Shoveler 25
Wigeon 124
Mallard 55
Canada Goose 11
Black-Tailed Godwit 4
Moorhen 2

Teal Pond
Mallard 2
Wigeon 1
Teal 1
Moorhen 3

Avenue Tower
Wigeon 370
Teal 100+
Shoveler 2
Curlew 2
Lapwing 20
Little Egret 1
Black-tailed Godwit 57
Barnacle Geese 250 (1 hybirds)
Roe Deer 5

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Great White Egret 1
Kestrel
Buzzard 1
Peregrine 2 adults (pair)
Merlin 1
Marsh Harrier 1  juv
Hen Harrier 1 Male 
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)
Reed Bunting
Sparrowhawk
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Linnet
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Treecreeper
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Goldcrest
Redwing
Fieldfare

Webcam

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

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/experience/webcam/

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