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07 Jun 2018

Reserve Update- Thursday 7th June

There is lots of nestbox activity down the avenues, with  Blue Tit and Great Tit chicks being fed and cheeping away. Robin chicks were also possibly heard in some undergrowth. 3 baby rabbits were spotted in their usual place half way down the Saltcot Loaning.

A group of Long-tailed Tits have been hanging around near the Peter Scott Observatory, so it is possible that these are the newly fledged family from the other week.

Lots of damselfly’s and Green-veined White butterflies around enjoying the sun. Yellow Rattle is finally starting to flower too.

Today’s high tide is at 06:52am, 7.6m

Around the reserve:

Wildflowers
Cuckoo Flower
Gorse
Red Campion
Herb Robert
Northern Marsh Orchid
Hawthorn
Yellow Flag Iris
Yellow Rattle

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
Azure Damselfly
Blue-tailed Damselfly

Whooper Pond
Mallard 33
Mute Swan 2 plus 6 cygnets

Folly Pond
Mallard 20
Shoveler 2
Lapwing 3
Oystercatcher 2 – with 1 chick

Teal Pond
Moorhen 1
Grey Heron 1
Mallard 1 with ducklings

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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