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01 Nov 2018

Reserve sightings – Thursday 1st November

The fog from earlier this morning has cleared leaving a clear and sunny day.  There were 28 whooper swans on the whooper pond at around 8:30 with more dropping in as the morning progresses.  Yesterday proved to be exciting with a Spotted Redshank showing up at the Whooper pond late in the afternoon.

The Great Egret is being sighted regularly down at the Saltcot Merse Observatory.  It is also worth checking for raptors around the area as there are often sightings of them hunting in the surrounding fields and gorse.

The Yellowhammers have begun to arrive and are most likely to be seen in the hedges and hawthorn on the way from the farmhouse to the Peter Scott Observatory.

Named Whooper Swan arrivals:

YHS – Solway Siren
Lost Darvic – Hagar
YJL – Linda H
YSJ – Sheldon Whooper
ZVY – Orchid
YFS – Obi Swan Kenobi
Lost Darvic – Princess Layer
XLN – Gylfi
YFU – Magnus
YHV- Wowsie (+ 1 cygnet)
ZXJ – Ruth C (+ 4 cygnets)
Z6L – Rooby & Z7S – Bowie (+ 2 cygnets)
YFU – Magnus
Z5N – Andy
YFB – Eric Anthony
YTC – Margaret Ruth
Z9F – Hendrick
APR – Elsie Barbara
YRG – Lucky Linda
ZJA – Annabelle
YRS – Stephen
YSK – Countess of Boulogne
YFF – Solway Annie
ZXP – Mary
ZGT – Butterbur
YRN – Douglas Flintoff
YSF – Topsy
Lost darvic – Kate Two
Lost darvic – New York Lady
Lost darvic – Atty
Lost darvic – Renfrew
Lost darvic – Paisley

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 28 (including 4 cygnets)
Mute Swan 28 (including 8 cygnets)
Canada Goose 20
Mallard 150
Tufted Duck 18
Teal 10
Wigeon 30
Moorhen 7

Folly Pond
Mallard 10
Teal 400
Wigeon 70
Shoveler 20

Teal Pond
Wigeon 25
Gadwall 2
Moorhen 2
Mallard 6

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

Saltcot Merse Observatory
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)
Yellowhammer
Redwing
Fieldfare
Reed Bunting
Sparrowhawk
Coal Tit
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Robin
Blackbird
Chaffinch
Long-tailed Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Treecreeper
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Goldcrest

Webcam

The winter webcam is now showing the Whooper Pond during the day and the badger feeding area from 5pm onwards.

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

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