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01 Feb 2018

Reserve Update Thursday 1st February

Again, the 8 Greenland White-fronted Geese have been seen first thing. They were once again feeding in Low Middle field with best views from the Avenue Tower.  They have since moved on but there exact location is yet to be determined (which is what happens when you get distracted by a Kestrel on a fence post and stop watching the geese!)  Still good numbers of Teal, Wigeon, Redshank and Curlew around Folly Pond and the flooded fields.

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 07:49, 7.8m.

Whooper Swans: 174
Barnacle Geese: around 5,000+

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 174
Mute Swan 49
Mallard 83
Gadwall 1 male
Tufted Duck 48
Wigeon 102
Canada Geese 126
Greylag Geese 1
Moorhen 1
Teal 13

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
Buzzard 1
Peregrine 2 adults (pair)
Merlin 1
Hen Harrier 1 male & juv/female
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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