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13 Nov 2018

Recent Sightings €- 12th Novemeber 2018

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This count was taken at low tide at Castles Espie on the morning of 12/11/2018.

As we charge through autumn towards winter, the duck populations are increasing on the reserve and on the estuary. The winter flock of Tufted duck is beginning to build on the Main lake; this delightful diving duck is great to watch when it’s foraging, diving deep down in the lake to find food. From the Brent Hide, looking out over the estuary, a large flock of Shelduck as gathered! One family nested on site this summer, so some Castle Espie babies could well be among this large wintering flock.


Tufted duck by David Howarth

Tufted duck by David Howarth

Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Brent Goose 46, Black-headed Gull 5, Curlew 5, Oystercatcher 6, Shelduck 145, Redshank 1,

Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 145, Tufted duck 31, Coot 2, Moorhen 3

Shingle bank – visible from Sensory garden, Wadermarsh and Visitor Centre

Mallard 17, Greylag 2, Teal 24, Moorhen 1

Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Oystercatcher 2, Black-headed Gull 1, Redshank 1, Moorhen 12, Greenshank 1

Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Mallard 53, Moorhen 1, Tufted duck 1, Coot 4,

Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory

Little Grebe 4

Limestone Lake

Moorhen 1

Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh

Black-head gull 1


Goldfinch, Blackbird


Blackbird, Wren, Dunnock, Wood pigeon, Robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch