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03 Feb 2018

Latest Sightings – 3rd Feb – Otter & White-fronts

An Otter in the Whooper Pond at 08:30 this morning was a pleasant surprise, it fished for 20 minutes before disappearing into the Back Pond.

The 8 Greenland White-fronted Geese are still here having gone missing yesterday morning. They reappeared yesterday afternoon in Prince Phillip’s Field, and are back in their usual flooded bit of Low Middle field this morning.

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 14:18, 9.9m.

Whooper Swans: 162
Barnacle Geese: around 8,000+

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 162
Mute Swan 52
Mallard 44
Gadwall 1 male
Tufted Duck 19
Wigeon 63
Canada Geese 39
Greylag Geese 1
Moorhen 4
Oystercatcher 1
Teal 12
Otter 1 – at 08:30

Folly Pond
Teal 340
Wigeon 280
Shoveler 30
Mallard 50
Shelduck 1
Pintail 8
Redshank 30
Black-tailed Godwit 5

Teal Pond
Wigeon 14
Teal 3
Mallard 33
Gadwall 4
Little Egret 2
Grey Heron 1

Avenue Tower
Teal 500+
Wigeon 200
Mallard 20
Shoveler 6
Grey Heron 1
Lapwing 100+ (fields to North)
Greenland White-fronted Geese 8

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Kestrel
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)
Brambling
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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