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07 Feb 2018

Reserve Update Wednesday 7th February

Cool, crisp start to the morning with a load of frozen ponds and ice skating Whoopers!  Lovely flock of over 30 Linnets perched up in the very tree tops of a Sycamore down near Avenue Tower first thing.  They have a been a regular sighting there over the past few days.  Yesterday saw the presence of an otter once more in Whooper Pond as well as Hen Harrier, Peregrine and Merlin down at Saltcot.

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: 170
Barnacle Geese: around 6,000+

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 170
Mute Swan 52
Mallard 86
Gadwall 2
Wigeon 73
Canada Geese 39
Greylag Geese 2
Moorhen 5
Shoveler 33
Teal 48

Folly Pond
Teal 340
Wigeon 280
Shoveler 30
Mallard 50
Shelduck 1

Teal Pond
Wigeon 47
Teal 31
Gadwall 2

Avenue Tower
Teal 70
Wigeon 241
Mallard 2
Pintail 2
Pink-footed Geese 3
Curlew 4

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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