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02 Dec 2017

Latest Sightings – 2nd December – Christmas Fayre today!

A slightly more mild morning on the reserve, with a bit of cloud cover.

Its our Christmas Fayre TODAY, 1-4pm. A great range of stalls will be here including knitwear, wildlife illustrations, woodwork, bird boxes & tables, soft furnishings, Fairtrade products & silver jewellery. We also have family activities & Santa will be in the yurt!

You do not need to buy a ticket if you only want to visit the Fayre or see Santa!

Many of the ponds are still frozen, meaning the vast majority of the birds are using the Whooper Pond where the swans have kept the ice broken.

Yellowhammers are beginning to arrive in the Avenue. Hopefully their numbers will climb and we will have our usual wintering flock.

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 – Rowena (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
ZGL – Elin

Today’s high tide is at 08:14, 7.7m.

Whooper Swans: 124
Barnacle Geese: around 4,000+

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 124
Mute Swan 65
Mallard 180
Gadwall 1
Tufted Duck 55
Wigeon 65
Teal 20
Shoveler 30
Canada Geese 110
Moorhen 3
Greylag Geese 1
Cormorant 1

Folly Pond
Teal 60
Shoveler 5
Wigeon 100
Mallard 20
Moorhen 2

Teal Pond
Wigeon 37
Teal 2
Moorhen 3

Avenue Tower
Wigeon 175
Teal 128
Pintail 3
Shoveler 9
Little Egret 7
Curlew 51
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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