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03 May 2018

Reserve Update Thursday 3rd May

Lovely to hear a Grasshopper Warbler ‘singing’ over the banking from Teal Pond Hide entrance this morning.  There is quite a chorus building with Willow Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Blackcap and Goldfinch all making their presence known in that one area.  It is interesting that we still have a reasonable number of our Barnacle Geese sticking around who are giving an interesting counterpoint to these sounds of Spring…..the cutting wind does make it still seem a bit like winter though!  The primrose banking down the Avenue is looking spectacular and anyone visiting should take a moment to admire.  Brown Hare sightings are creeping up with one observed sprinting across the meadow behind Teal Pond.  Good numbers of Black-tailed Godwit on Folly Pond this morning with close views afforded from the Scottish Water hide.

Today’s high tide is at 15:14, 8.9m.

Barnacle Geese: around 3,000

Around the reserve:

Wildflowers
Primrose
Lesser Celandine
Cuckoo Flower
Bluebell
Blackthorn
Gorse

Insects
Peacock Butterfly
Orange Tip Butterfly

Whooper Pond
Mallard 16
Mute Swan 1

Folly Pond
Teal 7
Shoveler 4
Mallard 4
Oystercatcher 2 – on nest with 1 egg
Gadwall 3
Black-tailed Godwit 52
Pintail 2

Teal Pond
Mute Swan 1 – on nest
Moorhen 1
Grey Heron 1
Oystercatcher 2 – on nest with 3 eggs

Avenue Tower
Teal 37
Wigeon 3
Black-headed Gull 12
Mute Swan 2
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 8
Curlew 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Kestrel
Buzzard 1
Peregrine 2 adults (pair)
Merlin 1
Marsh Harrier 1
Mute Swan
Barnacle Geese
Pink-footed Geese
Shelduck
Wigeon
Red-breasted Merganser
Mallard
Golden Plover
Dunlin
Knot
Lapwing
Oystercatcher
Curlew
Little Egret
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Hebridean Sheep 9
Longhorn Cattle 2

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

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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