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16 May 2018

Reserve Update – Wednesday 16th May

The pitter patter of little feet continues with Moorhen chicks hatching out on our raised pond this weekend (so take care if pond dipping around there!)  There have also been mallard ducklings on Folly Pond….but still no Mute Swan or Oystercatcher chicks yet.  Insect interest is building with an emergence of Four-spot Chaser dragonflies down at Avenue Tower on Sunday and regular sightings of Large Red Damselflies basking on the footpaths.  The Farmhouse Garden is good for Bumblebees with White-tailed, Buff-tailed, Common Carder and Tree Bumblebees all seen.

Today’s high tide is at 13:40, 9.6m.

Around the reserve:

Wildflowers
Primrose
Lesser Celandine
Cuckoo Flower
Bluebell
Blackthorn
Gorse
Wild Garlic
Red Campion
Dog Violet
Herb Robert

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

Whooper Pond
Mallard 12
Canada Goose 1
Moorhen 1

Folly Pond
Shelduck 1
Mallard 11
Shoveler 2
Oystercatcher 2 – on nest with 3 eggs

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

Avenue Tower
Black-headed Gull 16
Mute Swan 3
Mallard 5
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 6

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Kestrel
Buzzard 
Mute Swan
Shelduck
Red-breasted Merganser
Mallard
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
Sedge Warbler
Blackcap
Garden 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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Rhiannon.hatfield@wwt.org.uk