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09 Jan 2018

Reserve Update 9th January

A very cold, but sunny start to the day. It’s rather icy in some places, so if you are visiting today be careful on your feet. Plenty of waders are present on Lochar Field, with 255 Lapwing and 500+ Golden Plover. 6 Little Egrets were on the flood ground, along with a lovely pair of Stonechat’s amongst the reeds (see image below).

The female Greater Scaup is still around on Whooper Pond, with a good number of Shoveler (around 40) too yesterday.

 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 – 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 05:36, 8.1m.

Whooper Swans: 130+
Barnacle Geese: around 6,000+

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 130
Mute Swan 63
Mallard 177
Gadwall 1♂
Tufted Duck 31
Wigeon 55
Teal 3
Canada Geese 75
Greylag Geese 10
Moorhen 4
Great Scaup 1 ♀ juv
Shoveler 22

Folly Pond
Teal 140
Wigeon 32
Shoveler 40
Mallard 8

Teal Pond
Currently Frozen

Avenue Tower
Little Egret 6
Heron 1
Kestrel 1
Lapwing 500+
Golden Plover 255

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Great White Egret 1
Buzzard 1
Peregrine 2 adults (pair)
Merlin 1
Hen Harrier 1 ♂ & juv/♀
Mute Swan 2
Barnacle Geese 2,000
Pink-footed Geese 2000+
Shelduck 210
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 9
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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