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06 Oct 2018

Reserve Update Saturday 6th October – Marsh Harrier

Sighting of the day so far was a female Marsh Harrier hunting along the eastern Merses.  The Otter was back on Whooper Pond first thing, although Whooper Swan numbers have dropped off again.  There were forty Whooper Swans that joined us for the 11am Swan feed yesterday morning so hopefully some more might pop back in again.  There is a drake Pintail coming out of eclipse moult on Flood Ground along with snoozing Redshank.  Good numbers of Barnacle Geese in the fields with best views to be had from Silver and Gold hide.  Lovely flights across from the Pink-footed Geese leaving their roost on the mudflats and flying in land to feed.

Named Whooper Swan arrivals:

YHS – Solway Siren
Lost Darvic – Hagar
YJL – Linda H
YSJ – Sheldon Whooper

Today’s high tide is at 11:00, 8.6m

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Otter 1
Whooper Swan 5
Mute Swan 2 adults 6 cygnets
Canada Goose 4
Mallard 120
Teal 4
Wigeon 5
Little Grebe 1
Moorhen 4
Cormorant 1

Folly Pond
Mallard 17
Teal 1000+
Wigeon 64
Shoveler 11
Canada Goose 2
Pink-footed Goose 1
Lapwing 28
Tufted Duck 12
Moorhen 2

Teal Pond
Shoveler 3
Moorhen 1
Mute Swan 3

Avenue Tower
Pintail
Redshank
Mallard
Teal
Shoveler
Wigeon
Gadwall
Curlew
Mute Swan
Barnacle Geese
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Marsh Harrier
Pink-footed Geese
Barnacle Geese
Greylag Geese
Canada Geese
Peregrine
Merlin
Hen Harrier
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

Webcam

We aim to have Swan Cam and Badger Cam up and running soon.

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