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04 Dec 2017

Latest Sightings- 4th December

Yesterday morning was our monthly dawn flight, with terrific views at sunrise of around 10,000 Barnacle Geese and 20,000 Pink-footed Geese. Our next Dawn Flight is Sunday 7th January.

A new pair of Whooper Swans arrived this morning, with 2 cygnets! Whooper Pond was very lively this morning, with over 130 Whooper Swans present.

Both the male and female Hen Harrier have been seen over the weekend, along with a Peregrine, out on the merse.

The Water Rail is still around, with great views from the Peter Scott feeding station.

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
YPH- McMurdoston & YTF- Odette*       A pair with 2 cygnets

Today’s high tide is at 12:21, 9.9m.

Whooper Swans: 132
Barnacle Geese: around 5,000+

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 132
Mute Swan 71
Mallard 166
Gadwall 1
Tufted Duck 57
Wigeon 82
Teal 57
Shoveler 16
Canada Geese 76
Moorhen 3
Greylag Geese 2
Cormorant 1

Folly Pond
Teal 103
Shoveler 20
Wigeon 69
Mallard 29
Moorhen 2
Black-tailed Godwit

Teal Pond
Wigeon 37
Teal 2
Moorhen 3

Avenue Tower
Wigeon 150
Teal 137
Pintail 1
Shoveler 5
Little Egret 7
Curlew 23
Black-tailed Godwit 4
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 ♂ & 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)
Yellowhammer
Lesser Redpoll
Siskin
Bullfinch
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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