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30 May 2018

Latest Sightings – Wednesday 30th May – chicks hatching!

It’s all about the chicks today.

The Mute Swans on the Flood Ground and Teal Pond have hatched cygnets. Four have hatched on the Flood Ground and we are just waiting to get a full count from the Teal Pond pair.

The Oystercatchers on the Folly Pond raft have hatched their first chick, still two more eggs to hatch.

At least three Black-headed Gull chicks have been seen in the Flood Ground on the rafts, and there are still four Lapwing chicks running around in the Lochar Field from the Avenue Tower.

Our Osprey eggs should be hatching any day now, if not already. We are having some difficulties with the webcam on the website, but will hopefully have it fixed soon. The camera is still working in the Visitor Centre so you can watch what’s going on whilst having a coffee.

Today’s high tide is at 13:42, 8.9m.

Around the reserve:

Wildflowers
Primrose
Lesser Celandine
Cuckoo Flower
Bluebell
Blackthorn
Gorse
Wild Garlic
Red Campion
Dog Violet
Herb Robert
Northern Marsh Orchid
Hawthorn
Yellow Flag Iris

Insects
Peacock Butterfly
Orange Tip Butterfly
Tree Bumblebee
Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Common Carder Bumblebee
White-tailed Bunblebee
Emerald Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly
Four-spot Chaser Dragonfly
Common Blue Damselfly

Whooper Pond
Mallard 10

Folly Pond
Mallard 20
Shoveler 2
Lapwing 3
Oystercatcher 2 – on nest with 1 chick & 2 eggs

Teal Pond
Mute Swan 2 – hatched cygnets
Moorhen 1

Avenue Tower
Black-headed Gull 11 – at least 3 chicks hatched
Mute Swan 2 – with 4 cygnets
Mallard 14
Gadwall 1
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 6 +5 chicks
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Kestrel
Buzzard 
Mute Swan
Shelduck
Mallard
Lapwing
Oystercatcher
Curlew
Little Egret
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Hebridean Sheep 9

Avenues & Feeders
(notable species)
Reed Bunting
Sparrowhawk
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Treecreeper
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Goldcrest
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Blackcap

Webcam

The osprey nest camera is live on our website, 10am – 5pm!

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/experience/ospreys/

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