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14 Feb 2018

Reserve Update Wednesday 14th February

Another changeable weather day with snow showers moving in.  Wader sightings remain good with over 60 Redshank on the Folly Pond together with a few Lapwing and Curlew.  Yesterday there were over 50 Golden Plover there too.  Wigeon and Teal numbers have built up on the Flood Ground with a Pintail pair still there as well.  Small birds such as Yellowhammer, reed Bunting, Tree Creeper and Linnet remain active in the hedgerows around the site.

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
(Lost coloured ring) – Siljy

Today’s high tide is at 12:40, 8.7m.

Whooper Swans: 179
Barnacle Geese: around 4,000+

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 170
Mute Swan 57
Mallard 214
Gadwall 1
Wigeon 101
Canada Geese 16
Greylag Geese 1
Moorhen 2
Greater Scaup 1 female
Teal 8
Shelduck 1

Folly Pond
Teal 340
Wigeon 280
Shoveler 44
Mallard 50
Shelduck 1
Curlew 4
Redshank 64
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Lapwing 31

Teal Pond
Wigeon 50
Teal 15
Mallard 42
Gadwall 3

Avenue Tower
Teal 150+
Wigeon 150+
Mallard 2
Pintail 2
Lapwing 50+
Curlew 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Buzzard 1
Peregrine 2 adults (pair)
Merlin 1
Hen Harrier 1 male 
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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