WWT

2 Bittern – main lake, North shore and South East corner

21 Snipe – grazing marsh, wader scrape

4 Water Pipit – grazing marsh, wader scrape

1 Peregrine – main lake island 19

1 Fieldfare – grazing marsh

 

October/early November bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Goldeneye, Bittern, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Spotted Flycatcher, Water Pipit.

Colder weather in early October saw the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank. The marsh and wader scrape were flooded up at the start of November, instantly attracting lots of dabbling duck, as well as up to 4 Jack Snipe and 2 Water Pipit.

Dragonflies: (October) Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma.

Fungi: (October) Yellow Brain, Candlesnuff, Glistening Inkcap, Grey Puffball, Turkeytail, Bearded Milkcap, Perenniporia meridionalis, Theleophora penicillata, Wood Blewit, Blackening Waxcap, Brown Rollrim, Chlorophyllum brunneum, Smoky Bracket, Poisonpie, Redlead Roundhead, Frosty Webcap.

 

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A small flock of Knot were on the wader scrape briefly this morning but flew off leaving behind a flock of 135 Black-tailed Godwit huddled up against the driving rain.  Also present were 125 Lapwing, 5 Redshank and 40+ Shoveler.  The deep lake held a flock of Tufted Duck along with 41 Pochard.  Also present were 11 Cormorant, a Grey Heron and a Little Grebe.
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Zeiss Hide

The Top New Piece is littered with birds this morning feeding everywhere with the wet ground.  Hundreds of Wigeon and Teal were scattered across the field along with 800+ Lapwing, at least 95 Snipe out in the open along with 9 Ruff, 6 Dunlin and 71 Black-tailed Godwit.

Update: The Bittern was seen just before lunchtime today, and then again mid-afternoon but had moved to the Van de Bovenkamp Hide.
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Kingfisher Hide

The Bottom New Piece was also busy with at least 150 Teal, 400+ Lapwing, 46+ Golden Plover.  Several Redshank and Ruff were feedign across the field and more Snipe were hidden amongst the Lapwing around the scrape.

 

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Today’s sightings 07/11/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-washington-sightings/todays-sightings-07-11-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-washington-sightings/todays-sightings-07-11-18/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:56:05 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83729 a.m. low tide

Wader Lake

Black headed gull 11

Teal 16

Redshank 2

Saline Lagoon

Black headed gull 7

Teal 8

Hawthorn Wood

Blue tit 5

Great tit 6

Coal tit 4

Robin

Nuthatch

Greenfinch 3

Bullfinch 8

Sparrowhawk female

Other birds

Goshawk overhead

Buzzard 2 overhead

Tufted duck 43 – reservoir

Grey heron 2 – river Wear

Redshank 22 ”

Black headed gull 116 ”

Little egret ”

Kestrel – Wader Lake footpath

Redwing 8 – “

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Reserve Update Wednesday 7th November https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-update-wednesday-7th-november/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-update-wednesday-7th-november/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:53:19 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83728 Silver and Gold hide is a good place to visit this morning with over 400 Teal and 300 Wigeon out feeding around the seasonal pool in Corner field.  They have been joined by small numbers of Lapwing and Black-tailed Godwit too.  Elsewhere on the wader front we have 37 Curlew taking a snooze around the margins of the Folly Pond.  Redwing numbers are up around the reserve with flocks of over twenty birds now regularly seen down the Avenue.  The Whooper Swans have continued to use the field north of Avenue Tower yesterday with 163 birds there, joined by Curlew, Canada geese, Barnacle Geese, Greylag Geese, Mallard, Wigeon and one Pintail in the smallest waterbody (otherwise known as a puddle) it could possibly find!

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
Z4A – Argyll

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 10
Mute Swan 43 (including 6 cygnets)
Canada Goose 1
Mallard 111
Tufted Duck 41
Teal 5
Wigeon 33
Moorhen 5
Oystercatcher 3

Folly Pond
Curlew 37
Mallard 38
Teal 990
Wigeon 110
Shoveler 23

Teal Pond
Wigeon 17
Moorhen 5
Mallard 3
Shoveler 1
Teal 3

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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Green-winged Teal https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/green-winged-teal-13/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/green-winged-teal-13/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:58:51 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83723 A male Green-winged Teal was reported late afternoon from the Ron Barker Hide amongst Teal, hopefully it will stick around and be seen again over the coming days. The female Goldeneye was back on the Mere again today but no sign of the Scaup from yesterday.

Buzzard with Newt taken on site on 1st October (Maureen Taylor)

An adult Mediterranean Gull was on the Mere around midday, also 5 Marsh Harrier seen around the reserve today.

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Recent sightings 3rd – 6th November https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-3rd-6th-november/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-3rd-6th-november/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:01:10 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83717

Gadwall Cr. Rob Werran

British Steel hide

Various waders can still be seen across the saline lagoons including good numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, as well as Knot, Dunlin, Greenshank and Redshank. Across the estuary 190 Teal, 250 Shelduck, and 75 Wigeon have been spotted with the high tides. There have also been various birds of prey seen including Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard.

On the Dafen scrapes also visible from the hide Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail and Water Pipit have been seen recently.

 

Millennium Wetlands

Spotted on deep water lake recently have been large numbers of Gadwall and Teal, as well as Shoveler, Tufted Duck and a small number of Wigeon and Pochard. Snipe have been spread out across the Millennium wetlands recently, more often along the main paths around the reserve so keep your eyes peeled. Also from the Heron’s Wing hide keep an eye out in the trees at the far end of the lake for any Little Egret and Cormorant.

A Spoonbill that has been a frequent visitor to the site recently was clearly visible from the Observatory on Saturday, seen feeding on the freshwater lagoon.

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Mallard
Teal
Wigeon
Lapwing
Green woodpecker
Mute swan
Whopper swan
Pied wagtail
Canada goose
Greylag goose
Black-tailed godwits
Kestrel
Tree sparrow
Redshank
Little egret
Little grebe
Stonechat
Heron
Marsh harrier
Buzzard
Short-eared owl
Barn owl

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Fishy goings on! Plaques highlighting river pollution snatched https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-news/fishy-goings-on-plaques-highlighting-river-pollution-snatched/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-news/fishy-goings-on-plaques-highlighting-river-pollution-snatched/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 11:43:51 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83710

Dozens of signs, fixed near drains by schoolchildren to encourage locals to protect the Salt Hill stream, have been stolen. The disappointing discovery was made in Chalvey by WWT Conservation Officer Claire Hutchison who has been working with local community groups and schools in Slough to promote the ‘only rain down the drain’ message with […]]]>

Dozens of signs, fixed near drains by schoolchildren to encourage locals to protect the Salt Hill stream, have been stolen.

The disappointing discovery was made in Chalvey by WWT Conservation Officer Claire Hutchison who has been working with local community groups and schools in Slough to promote the ‘only rain down the drain’ message with Yellow Fish markers.

They have been trying to limit water pollution and littering in the area by making sure people understand that whatever passes through a surface drain ends up in a river or stream and eventually in the sea.

Claire said:

“It’s extremely disheartening to find that around 50 of the plaques have been taken, after the dedication of schoolkids and local groups looking to improve the area.

“Often people don’t realise that many surface water drains at the side of the road lead directly to the nearest waterway, so any pollution put down the drain can harm wildlife and degrade water quality.

“Waste materials like car oil, paint, industrial waste and litter are often disposed of in surface water drains, which takes these harmful materials straight into our rivers and beyond.”

Despite this setback, WWT will continue with the Environment Agency initiative, aiming to increase awareness of the project to prevent the plaques being stolen again.

The WWT Saving the Salt Hill Stream project involves Slough Borough Council, Thames Water and local people, community groups and schools in Slough.

Claire is running Yellow Fish sessions with Goodgym, St Mary’s Primary School, Montem Academy, Montem Scouts and Penn Wood Primary School.

If a school, individual or a community group would like to get involved with the Yellow Fish campaign or the wider Saving the Salt Hill stream project, please contact Conservation Officer Claire Hutchinson on 07768960173 or at Claire.Hutchinson@wwt.org.uk.

ENDS

 

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Busy Top New Piece https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/busy-top-new-piece/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/busy-top-new-piece/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:55:36 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83696 Zeiss Hide/Top New Piece

The cut rides that were created by reserve staff last week worked has wonders once again, a Bittern showed for a few hours here yesterday. No sightings by 0930 today but that is quite typical, this species often shows later in the day.

The flood and recently cut field has also has had a great impact, water levels have risen to provide a feeding bonanza for many species.

1050 Wigeon, 450 Lapwing, 590 Golden Plover, 54 Dunlin, 18 Ruff, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Resdshank, 20 Snipe, 400 Teal, 53 Pintail, calling Cetti’s Warbler among the highlights so far today.

South Lake

The duck marsh has come alive, we’ve managed to re-flood the pool and it’s suddenly very busy with Teal and Greylag in particular.

Other species seen include 34 Herring, 5 Common, 2 Lesser-Black-backed among the Black-headed Gulls. The Great Crested Grebe and 7 Cormorant continue to show on deep lake with 6 drake Pochard among the few Tufted Ducks. 5 Black-tailed Godwit.

Holden Tower

30 Linnet, 64 Wigeon drifted downriver and 34 Great Black-backed Gulls on the Dumbles over high tide. A Little Egret was feeding on the lower Dumbles/Warth among the cattle.

Tack Piece

29 E. White-fronted Geese (9 juveniles) on the field, 5 Redshank, 400 Teal and 110 Wigeon on the scrape.

Martin Smith Hide

A male Sparrowhawk was resting on the fence and being mobbed by Pied and Grey Wagtails and Meadow Pipits.

Rushy Hide

57 Pochard, 30 Pintail, 65 Shelduck among the wildfowl flocks.

 

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Three goosanders drop in https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-arundel-sightings/three-goosanders-drop-in/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-arundel-sightings/three-goosanders-drop-in/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:36:32 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83698

One of the three goosanders that dropped in on Sunday. Thirteen goosanders have been sighted in the Arun Valley    Photo: Paul Stevens

Sightings from morning wardens walks for the week of Oct 29-Nov 4

Mon Oct 29

Arun Riverlife Lagoon: 14 tufted duck, 2 shelduck, 1 little egret.

Scrape hide: 3 gadwall.

Ramsar haide: 9 shoveler, 3 shelduck.

Lapwing hide: 2 snipe.

Reedbed hide: bullfinch.

Tues 30 Oct

Ramsar hide/Sand Martin hide: 4 shelduck, 24 shovelerm 2 gadwall, 1 little egret.

Scrape hide: 2 ghadwall.

Woodland Lodge hide: 10 goldfinches, 1 chaffnch, 1 great tit.

Wetlands Discovery: teal.

Wed 31 Oct

Woodland Lodge: 7 goldfinches.

Scrape hide: 5 longtailed tits, 3 Cetti’s warbler, 1 goldfinch, 1 snipe.

Wildlife garden:11 goldfinches, 1 bullfinch.

Ramsar hide: 4 snipe.

Wetlands Discovery: 2 water rail, tufted ducks.

Lapwing hide: 8 snipe.

Thurs 1 Nov

Ramsar hide: 1 grey heron, 1 kingfisher, 17 snipe.

Ramsar/Sand Martin hides: 11 shoveler ducks, 8 shelducks, 2 teal, 4 common gull, 1 little grebe.

Lapwing hide: 18 snipe.

Scrape Hide: 1 bullfinch, 8 shoveler, 5 gadwall, 2 cormoramt, 2 kingfishers, 2 chiffchaff, 5 long-tailed tit, 1 little grebe, 1 pied wagtail, 1 water rail, 1 kestrel.

Wood Loop: 1 coal tit, 1 mistle thrush.

Arun Riverlife lagoon: tufted duck, 13 teal, 1 kingfisher.

Friday 2 Nov

Wetlands Discovery: 1 kingfisher, tufted ducks, 1 Cetti’s warbler

Ramsar /Sand Martin hides: 4 snipe, 8 shelducks, 2 gadwall, 1 little egret, 9 shoveler, 1 grey heron, 48 common gull.

Scrape hide: 2 gadwall.

Arun riverlife lagoon: 1 water rail, tufted duck.

Sat 3 Nov

Ramsar /Sand Martin hides: 8 snipe, 1 little egret, 1 grey heron, 7 shelduck, 1 kingfisher, 10 shoveler, 3 gadwall, 1 pintail.

Scrape hide:7 shoveler, 6 teal, 5 gadwall, 1 little grebe.

Reedbeds: Cetti’s warbler, 200+ pied wagtail 4.30 pm, 8 marsh harriers 4.30 pm and later.

Sun 4 Nov

Reedbed: 1 kestrel, pied wagtail roost.

Offham hagar: 1 raven, 3 buzzards

Ramsar hide: 5 shoveler 3 gadwall, 5 shelduck, 6 shoveler, 3 goosander, 200 common gull, 4 snipe.

Lapwing hide: 4 snipe.

Arun Riverlife lagoon: 4 teal.

 

Pied wagtail roost, late afternoons: Pied wagtails have been gathering on the roof of the visitors centre (200+ some days)up to 4.30pm. From there they take to the air en masse to roost in the reedbed.

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1 Pintail – grazing marsh

7 Snipe – grazing marsh

1 Water Rail – reedbed

1 Water Pipit – grazing marsh

5 Siskin – flew over heading South East

1 Skylark – flew over heading West

 

October/early November bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Goldeneye, Bittern, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Spotted Flycatcher, Water Pipit.

Colder weather in early October saw the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank. The marsh and wader scrape were flooded up at the start of November, instantly attracting lots of dabbling duck, as well as up to 4 Jack Snipe and 2 Water Pipit.

Dragonflies: (October) Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma.

Fungi: (October) Yellow Brain, Candlesnuff, Glistening Inkcap, Grey Puffball, Turkeytail, Bearded Milkcap, Perenniporia meridionalis, Theleophora penicillata, Wood Blewit, Blackening Waxcap, Brown Rollrim, Chlorophyllum brunneum, Smoky Bracket, Poisonpie, Redlead Roundhead, Frosty Webcap.

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Scaup https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/scaup-2/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/scaup-2/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 16:13:43 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83692 A juv Scaup was a new bird on the Mere, hanging around with the Tufted and Pochard. No sign of the Goldeneye today.

Juvenile Scaup on the Mere (Tony Disley)

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Today’s Highlights https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-highlights-534/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-highlights-534/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:32:03 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83689 Mute swans
Whooper swans
Greylag geese
Canada geese
Shoveler
Mallard
Pochard
Teal
Wigeon
Pintail
Bittern at Friends hide
Great egret from Main obs
Water rail below café window
Lapwing
Black-tailed godwit
Coot
Moorhen
Grey heron
Curlew from Main Obs
Dunlin
Lesser black-backed gull
Black-headed gull
Cormorant
Ruff
Little egret
Golden plover
Meadow pipit
Pied wagtail
Fieldfare
Stonechat
Goldfinch
Tree sparrow
Buzzard
Marsh harrier
Kestrel
Peregrine at Main Obs
Short eared owl along the Bank

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Recent Sightings €- 29th October 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-castle-espie-sightings/recent-sightings-%c2%80-29th-october-2018-2/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-castle-espie-sightings/recent-sightings-%c2%80-29th-october-2018-2/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:07:49 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83684 The following count was taken from the reserve and estuary at high tide today.

Strangford Lough is such a remarkable place. The winter bird numbers just keeping increasing; huge flocks of Wigeon now visible everyday and large numbers of Greenshank are being seen regularly on the estuary and even coming into the reserve frequently.

Greenshank by Ann Karin

Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Brent Goose c.500+, Black-headed Gull 13, Curlew 1, Oystercatcher 11, Lapwing 2, teal 1, Wigeon 44, Shelduck 3, Redshank 30, Shoveler 5, Pintail 1, Eider 3

Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 201, Tufted duck 17, Teal 4, Coot 1, Moorhen 9

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

Mallard 57, Black-headed Gull 8, Greylag 2, Teal 5, Common Gull 1, Cormorant 2

Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Oystercatcher 2, Black-headed Gull 1, Redshank 4, Moorhen 4, Mallard 4, Teal 7

Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Mallard 43, Moorhen 4, Tufted duck 10, Coot 1, Redshank 1, Heron 1

Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory

Little Grebe 4, Little egret 1, Greenshank 3, Redshank 1,

Limestone Lake

Mallard 1

Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh

Greenshank 2, Black-head gull 2, Little Egret 1

Brickworks

Linnet, Goldfinch, Blackbird

Woodland

Blackbird, Wren, Dunnock, Wood pigeon, Robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch

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Reserve Sightings- 5th November 2018 – Pochard! https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-sightings-5th-november-2018-pochard/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-sightings-5th-november-2018-pochard/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 12:03:58 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83681 A mild an sunny day on site, with many duck species such as Teal and Wigeon in high numbers. On the folly pond a Pochard has been spotted snoozing and clearly having a lazy morning (nice for some!!!). A Pintail has also been spotted on the Folly Pond this morning.

Many of our Whoopers can be seen from the Avenue Tower with approximately 133 feeding in the Nether Locharwoods area so be sure to have a look out for them!

 

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
Z4A – Argyll

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 9
Mute Swan 40 (including 7 cygnets)
Canada Goose 1
Mallard 122
Tufted Duck 31
Teal 5
Wigeon 44
Moorhen 8
Oystercatcher 1

Folly Pond
Mallard 38
Teal 990
Wigeon 110
Shoveler 23
Canada Goose 7
Tufted Duck 9
Pochard 1 (Male)
Pintail 1

Teal Pond
Wigeon 6
Gadwall 2
Moorhen 2
Mallard 1
Shoveler 3
Teal 35

Avenue Tower
Mallard
Teal
Shoveler
Wigeon
Gadwall
Pintail
Curlew
Mute Swan
Barnacle Geese
Longhorn Cattle 2
Little Egret  1
Whooper Swan 133 (Nether Locharwoods)

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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‘Message in a bottle’ bird found by friend over 3000 miles away https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-news/message-in-a-bottle-bird-found-by-friend-over-3000-miles-away/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-news/message-in-a-bottle-bird-found-by-friend-over-3000-miles-away/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 11:41:26 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83674

A spoon-billed sandpiper reared by a WWT conservationist in Russia was sighted by a friend in China just weeks later. The young bird was identified in Jiangsu over 3000 miles from the Russian east coast where it was raised by aviculturalist Jodie Clements. Jodie, working with the Birds Russia field team, looked after the spoonie, […]]]>

A spoon-billed sandpiper reared by a WWT conservationist in Russia was sighted by a friend in China just weeks later.

The young bird was identified in Jiangsu over 3000 miles from the Russian east coast where it was raised by aviculturalist Jodie Clements. Jodie, working with the Birds Russia field team, looked after the spoonie, known as ‘White 4H’ after the colour and code on its leg flag, during a field trip in August.

Amazingly, it was picked up by teammate Kane Brides while monitoring birds in China a month after being released into the wild.

Kane said:

 “I can’t believe we came across White 4H which my mate Jodie had helped care for four weeks earlier, in a completely different country. It’s like finding a message in a bottle!”

Kane, WWT’s Monitoring Officer, made the discovery while surveying shorebirds on the Jiangsu coast of China, a key site on the East Asian – Australasian Flyway.

Accompanied by an international team of conservationists from the UK, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China, they caught a total of 15 spoon-billed sandpipers and sighted 100 of the Critically Endangered birds in one big flock of waders. At one point, they had six spoonies together, comprising 1% of the total population.

A handrearing – known as headstarting – programme for spoon-billed sandpipers has been underway in Meinypil’gyno, Russia since 2012, involving specialists collecting eggs from incubating birds in the wild, hatching and hand-raising the chicks in captivity to fledging age, and releasing the birds back into the wild.

Kane added:

“This just goes to show that headstarting is working and that it is buying time for the species.

“It appears that headstarted birds are surviving as well as their wild counterparts. There’s a lot to be positive about.”

The group also caught and applied rings to 1,891 shorebirds spanning 33 species. These included the endangered Far Eastern curlew and the Nordmann’s greenshank.

The East Asian – Australasian Flyway is incredibly important for so many species of waders. By increasing the number of spoon-billed sandpipers and other waterbirds that are identifiable by rings along the flyway, conservationists can better track their movements, survival rates and pick up other valuable insights that will help them better protect at-risk species.

 

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Wildlife sightings for 5th November 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-5th-november-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-5th-november-2018/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:24:24 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83670 1 Bittern  – main lake

2 Water Pipit – grazing marsh

1 Peregrine – perched on the hospital

4 Skylark – flew over heading W

10 Snipe – grazing marsh, wader scrape

1 Grey Wagtail – main lake

 

October/early November bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Goldeneye, Bittern, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Spotted Flycatcher, Water Pipit.

Colder weather in early October saw the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank. The marsh and wader scrape were flooded up at the start of November, instantly attracting lots of dabbling duck, as well as up to 4 Jack Snipe and 2 Water Pipit.

Dragonflies: (October) Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma.

Fungi: (October) Yellow Brain, Candlesnuff, Glistening Inkcap, Grey Puffball, Turkeytail, Bearded Milkcap, Perenniporia meridionalis, Theleophora penicillata, Wood Blewit, Blackening Waxcap, Brown Rollrim, Chlorophyllum brunneum, Smoky Bracket, Poisonpie, Redlead Roundhead, Frosty Webcap.

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Today’s sightings 05/11/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-washington-sightings/todays-sightings-05-11-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-washington-sightings/todays-sightings-05-11-18/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:02:13 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83668 a.m. low tide

Wader Lake

kestrel female

Shelduck

Snipe 6

Teal 16

Redwing 11

Saline lagoon

Teal 5

Redshank 2

Shelduck

Hawthorn Wood

Nuthatch 2

Willow tit

Blue tit 4

Great tit 5

Coal tit 3

Other birds

Hen harrier – river reedbed

Buzzard – North Wood

Jay – Ganderland

Fungi

Common inkcap – Wader Lake footpath

 

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Goshawk and Bittern https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/goshawk-and-bittern/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/goshawk-and-bittern/#respond Sun, 04 Nov 2018 15:27:58 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83661 Holden Tower/Dumbles

A male Peregrine was actively hunting the area this morning, female Marsh Harrier seen late morning and a female Merlin at Middle Point early afternoon. At least 14 E White-fronted Geese fed among Greylag Geese, the Barnacle Goose flock was nearby. Out on the estuary basin a count of 175 Shelduck was made at low tide. Two Redpoll flew past early morning.

Tack Piece

A flock of 540 Wigeon fed on the ‘lawns’ (1238 on site today), 400 Teal were in the scrape with a few Shoveler and Pintail. Four Curlew, c80 Lapwing and 11 Redshank were also noted.

Willow Hide

Goldcrests in the hedge and a Water Rail under the feeders

Martin Smith Hide

A Cetti’s Warbler and male Sparrowhawk on a kill were of note.

South Lake

The lake was temporarily flushed by a male Goshawk this morning, it was hunting Teal but missed and was chased by corvids. At least 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Redshank and 3 Snipe were among the Lapwing, 30 Shoveler and 70 Teal on the wader scrape and three Pochard and Great Crested Grebe on deep lake.

Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide

648 Wigeon, c200 Teal, 10 Redshank, 22 Ruff,  20 Snipe, c70 Golden Plover, c80 Dunlin, c80 Lapwing, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Pintail. Calling Cetti’s Warbler and Water Rail.

A Bittern was seen three times in flight between the Kingfisher Hide and here late morning to early afternoon.

Big Pen Pond

The Bewick’s Swan remains among the ‘resident’ birds.

 

 

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Today’s Highlights https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-highlights-533/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-highlights-533/#respond Sun, 04 Nov 2018 12:28:07 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83653 Whooper swans
Mute swans
Greylag geese
Canada geese
Barnacle geese x 2
Egyptian goose
Little grebe
Shoveler
Wigeon
Teal
Pochard
Mallard
Gadwall
Pintail
Moorhen
Coot
Cormorant
Lapwing
Bittern at Main Obs
Great egret at  Lyle hide
Golden plover
Black-tailed godwit
Dunlin
Starling
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Great tit
Stonechat
Fieldfare
Magpie
Kestrel
Buzzard
Marsh harrier

Roe deer
Brown hare

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Latest Sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/latest-sightings-748/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/latest-sightings-748/#respond Sun, 04 Nov 2018 11:24:08 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83645 A wildfowl packed Mere as usual with big numbers of Teal, Mallard, Wigeon and Shelduck. Smaller numbers of Shoveler, Pintail, Pochard (34), Tufted Duck, Gadwall (10) and a single female Goldeneye. Whooper Swan numbers continue to increase. Smaller numbers of Pink-footed Geese during the day, although any flocks that do come in are worth checking for white-fronts, beans and other rarities.

Only one Goldeneye in so far. This female can show well in front of the Discovery Hide.

Raptors include 3 Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin, 4+ Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and 2 Sparrowhawk.

On the wader front; 600+ Lapwing, 40+ Ruff, 20+ Snipe and 10+ Black-tailed Godwit.

The Bearded Tit/Reedling are still present with at least one bird seen in windy conditions on Saturday.

A flock of 48 Fieldfare flew over the reserve around midday. A smaller flock was seen yesterday.

Nice light across the Mere on Saturday morning.

Don’t forget the North West Birdwatching Festival is coming on the 24-25th November. Lots going on and entrance is free to members. (Link below)

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere/experience/north-west-bird-watching-festival/

Check out a few days of the previous sighting to get a fuller picture as to what can be seen on the reserve.

It should be possible to see over 60 species in a full days bird watching at Martin Mere. If you would like to know the best spots, up to date info or to report any sightings then please call in at the in focus shop next to the Discovery Hide.

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Wildlife sightings for 4th November 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-4th-november-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-4th-november-2018/#respond Sun, 04 Nov 2018 10:24:20 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83642 1 Marsh Harrier – flew into reed cover on the main lake N shore/end of reedbed area (0820hrs)

1 Goldeneye (female) – reservoir lagoon

115 Wigeon – marsh , scrape

140 Teal – marsh, scrape

2 Bittern  – main lake

1 Little Egret – marsh

1 Jack Snipe – marsh

1 Water Pipit – marsh (N edge)

3 Siskin – entrance area

2 Redpoll – sheltered lagoon

 

October/early November bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Goldeneye, Bittern, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Spotted Flycatcher.

Colder weather in early October saw the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank. The marsh and wader scrape were flooded up at the start of November, instantly attracting lots of dabbling duck, as well as up to 4 Jack Snipe and 2 Water Pipit.

Dragonflies: (October) Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma.

Fungi: (October) Yellow Brain, Candlesnuff, Glistening Inkcap, Grey Puffball, Turkeytail, Bearded Milkcap, Perenniporia meridionalis, Theleophora penicillata, Wood Blewit, Blackening Waxcap, Brown Rollrim, Chlorophyllum brunneum, Smoky Bracket, Poisonpie, Redlead Roundhead, Frosty Webcap.

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Today’s sightings 04/11/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-washington-sightings/todays-sightings-04-11-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-washington-sightings/todays-sightings-04-11-18/#respond Sun, 04 Nov 2018 10:20:08 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83640 a.m. low tide

Wader Lake

Water rail

Teal 53

Snipe 5

Shelduck

Saline Lagoon

Grey heron

Redshank 2

Curlew

Hawthorn Wood

Brambling (male – winter migrant)

Chaffinch 6

Nuthatch

Willow tit

Greenfinch 2

Bullfinch 5

Great spotted woodpecker

Coal tit 3

Wren

Great tit 2

Blue tit 3

Other birds

Jay – Window on the Wear

Long tailed tit 6 – North Wood

Redwing 5 – orchard

Other wildlife

Wasp – Window on the Wear

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Saturday’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/saturdays-sightings-22/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/saturdays-sightings-22/#respond Sat, 03 Nov 2018 14:14:46 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83631 Don’t forget to find all our latest sightings on Twitter, and you don’t need an account yourself.  Find us here.

Bewick’s Swan Indri still on Big Pen outside Visitor Centre

Holden Tower – 26 White-fronted Geese on Dumbles, also 224 Barnacle Geese and 131 Greylag Geese. Two Peregrine sat out on posts

South Lake Hides – 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 93 Teal, 156 Lapwing, 53 Shoveler, 14 Pochard, 37 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 16 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 4 Knot

Zeiss Hide – Spotted Redshank briefly but flew off, also 27 Pintail, 396 Teal, 583 Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 197 Golden Plover, 23 Dunlin, 8 Ruff, 600+ Canada Geese

Robbie Garnett Hide – Spotted Redshank briefly, 414 Teal, 500+ Wigeon, 17 Redshank, 10 Shoveler, 73 Lapwing

Rushy Hide – 32 Pochard, 43 Pintail, 62 Shelduck, 18 Lapwing, 2 Redshank

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Sightings for Saturday 3rd November https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-welney-sightings/sightings-for-saturday-3rd-november/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-welney-sightings/sightings-for-saturday-3rd-november/#respond Sat, 03 Nov 2018 13:34:43 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83628 Dry and milder day today here at Welney Wetland centre, all hides remain open as is the Summer walk

Sightings so far today:

Mute swan
Whooper swan
Barnacle goose
Canada goose
Greylag goose
Gadwall
Mallard
Pochard
Shoveler
Teal
Wigeon
Little grebe
Coot
Moorhen
Cormorant
Great white egret
Grey heron
Black-tailed godwit
Curlew
Dunlin
Golden plover
Lapwing
Redshank
Ruff
Snipe
Chaffinch
Dunnock
Great tit
Goldfinch
House sparrow
Long-tailed tit
Meadow pipit
Pied wagtail
Robin
Skylark
Stonechat
Tree sparrow
Wren
Carrion crow
Collared dove
Fieldfare
Jackdaw
Magpie
Rook
Woodpigeon
Black-headed gull
Common gull
Lesser black-backed gull
Buzzard
Kestrel
Marsh harrier
Peregrine
Sparrowhawk

Common darter

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Wildlife sightings for 3rd November 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-3rd-november-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-3rd-november-2018/#respond Sat, 03 Nov 2018 10:18:53 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83626 1 Bittern  – main lake

1 Goldeneye – reservoir lagoon

97 Wigeon – grazing marsh, reservoir lagoon

3 Jack Snipe – grazing marsh

8 Snipe – grazing marsh

6 Siskin – wildside

1 Peregrine – perched on hospital ledge

October bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Bittern, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Peregrine, Buzzard, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Spotted Flycatcher.

Colder weather in early October has seen the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank.

Dragonflies: (October) Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma.

Moths: (end September) Angle Shades, Beautiful Plume, Box Moth, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Large Wainscot, Rush Veneer, Rosy Rustic, Small Dusty Wave, Vestal, Copper Underwing.

Fungi: (October) Yellow Brain, Candlesnuff, Glistening Inkcap, Grey Puffball, Turkeytail, Bearded Milkcap, Perenniporia meridionalis, Theleophora penicillata, Wood Blewit, Blackening Waxcap, Brown Rollrim, Chlorophyllum brunneum, Smoky Bracket, Poisonpie, Redlead Roundhead, Frosty Webcap.

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Bird News https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/bird-news-179/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/bird-news-179/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 16:45:36 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83620 Bearded Tits, (Bearded Reedlings if you prefer), are still present in the Pat Wisniewski reedbed and have been heard and seen regularly from both the path near the United Utilities hide, and that starting from the Harrier hide. No more than four birds seen together today, but they may well be split in to smaller groups feeding in separate areas. Cetti’s Warblers, (up to three), are also being heard regularly, although seeing these little skulkers normally proves more difficult!

At least two Marsh Harriers again today, with Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard also present.

Wildfowl numbers continue to build, with at least 17 Tufted Ducks, 23 Pochard and 1 female Goleneye on the Mere, where 629 Whooper Swans were present this morning. Also on the Mere, as well as good (but not accurately counted) numbers of Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveller, Teal, Shelduck etc. are at least 50 Ruff and 3 or 4 Black-tailed Godwits, all giving good opportunities for photographers, especially from the Discovery hide.

Black-tailed Godwit

 

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Recent sightings 31st Oct-2nd Nov https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-31st-oct-2nd-nov/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-31st-oct-2nd-nov/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:38:59 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83616  

Kingfisher cr Russ Myners

British Steel Hide

Small groups of waders can still be seen from the Steel hide, with Black-tailed godwit, Redshank, Greenshank and Lapwing being the most common. Curlew can be heard out feeding on the estuary. Wigeon and Shelduck can be seen in large numbers feeding out on the estuary 41 and over 200 respectively. Feeding amongst the Little egrets are 2 Spoonbills that have been here for most of the week. Otter has been seen from the Steel hide as well as in the Millennium wetlands this week so keep on the lookout

Millennium Wetlands

93 Gadwall, 28 Tufted ducks as well as Teal, Pochard and Wigeon have all been seen around the wetlands this week. An influx of Water rail have arrived on the reserve, with up to 8 being heard around the reserve in one day, with the occasional fleeting sightings of them darting between the reeds. Bird feeders have been put out near the Herons wing hide and Peter Scott hide which will hopefully draw out some of the smaller birds. Long-tailed tits, Coal Tits, and Great spotted woodpecker have all been seen around the reserve as well as hearing the distinctive Chiffchaff and Cetti’s Warblers. Our resident Kingfishers continue to make regular appearances out on Deep water lake, often posing on the overhanging branches.

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2448/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2448/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 13:48:31 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83604 Mute swans
Whooper swans
Greylag
Canada goose
Shoveler
Mallard
Pintail (x4)
Gadwall
Wigeon
Teal
Pochard
Little grebe
Cormorant
Coot
Moorhen
Grey heron
Great egret
Curlew
Black-tailed godwit
Ruff
Redshank
Water rail (café pond)
Snipe (x3)
Dunlin
Lapwing
Golden plover
Black-headed gull
Great black-backed gull
Starling
Pied wagtail
Meadow pipit
Cetti’s warbler
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Great tit
Blue tit
Wren
Fieldfare
Robin
Stock dove (x3)
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion crow
Kestrel
Marsh harrier
Buzzard (x3)

Mammals
Roe deer
Brown hare

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Wildlife sightings for 2nd November 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-2nd-november-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-2nd-november-2018/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:25:59 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83596 1 Bittern – main lake North shore

1 Goldeneye – reservoir lagoon

1 Pintail – wader scrape

6 Snipe – grazing marsh, wader scrape, main lake

2 Water Pipit – wader scrape, grazing marsh

2 Skylark – flew over heading NW

1 Stonechat – grazing marsh

4 Chiffchaff – South route, sheltered lagoon, wildside

October bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Bittern, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Peregrine, Buzzard, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Spotted Flycatcher.

Colder weather in early October has seen the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank.

Dragonflies: (October) Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma.

Moths: (end September) Angle Shades, Beautiful Plume, Box Moth, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Large Wainscot, Rush Veneer, Rosy Rustic, Small Dusty Wave, Vestal, Copper Underwing.

Fungi: (October) Yellow Brain, Candlesnuff, Glistening Inkcap, Grey Puffball, Turkeytail, Bearded Milkcap, Perenniporia meridionalis, Theleophora penicillata, Wood Blewit, Blackening Waxcap, Brown Rollrim, Chlorophyllum brunneum, Smoky Bracket, Poisonpie, Redlead Roundhead, Frosty Webcap.

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Wildlife Sightings – 02/11/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-02-11-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-02-11-18/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:10:14 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83591 Wader Lake    Time/AM     Tide/Mid

Redshank – 6

Black-headed Gull – 21

Teal – 12

Shelduck – 1

Snipe – 3

 

Saline Lagoon

Curlew – 1

Shelduck – 1

Black-headed Gull – 16

 

Hawthorn Wood

Great Tit – 5

Coal Tit – 3

Blue Tit – 6

Bullfinch – 3

Goldfinch – 3

Robin – 1

Chaffinch – 1

Great Spotted Woodpecker – 2 (male & female)

Sparrowhawk – 1 (female)

 

Other Birds Noted Around Site

Tufted Duck (reservoir) – 26

Grey Heron (Forgotten Meadow) – 1

Redwing (Wader Lake footpath) – 4

Long-tailed Tit (orchard) – 3

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Latest Sightings – Friday 2nd November https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-friday-2nd-november/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-friday-2nd-november/#respond Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:09:34 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83590 Another sunny and frosty morning on the reserve.

The Mute Swan cygnets have been taking their first flights over the past few days, and Whooper Swans are feeding all around the local area.

Snipe have been flying over the reserve recently, including 8 over the Whooper Pond this morning so don’t forget to look up.

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 45 (including 7 cygnets)
Mute Swan 32 (including 8 cygnets)
Canada Goose 20
Mallard 172
Tufted Duck 30
Teal 13
Wigeon 23
Moorhen 9

Folly Pond
Mallard 10
Teal 400
Wigeon 70
Shoveler 20

Teal Pond
Wigeon 14
Gadwall 2
Moorhen 1
Mallard 2

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/

Twitter & Facebook

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Quick update . . https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/quick-update/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/quick-update/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:36:23 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83587 At least 2 Bearded Tits still present today but showing intermittently. Also 1 Woodcock and 2 Marsh Harriers.

A fuller round up of birds news will be here tomorrow !

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Wildlife sightings for 1st November 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-1st-november-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-1st-november-2018/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:46:39 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83581 2 Bittern – main lake N+SE shores

2 Jack Snipe – grazing marsh

9 Snipe – marsh(3), scrape(5), main lake(1)

2 Water Pipit – wader scrape

1 Kingfisher – sheltered lagoon

1 Stonechat – scrape south shore

1 Shelduck – main lake

100+ Teal – scrape

113 Gadwall – site count

 

October bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Bittern, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Peregrine, Buzzard, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Spotted Flycatcher.

Colder weather in early October has seen the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank.

Dragonflies: (October) Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma.

Moths: (end September) Angle Shades, Beautiful Plume, Box Moth, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Large Wainscot, Rush Veneer, Rosy Rustic, Small Dusty Wave, Vestal, Copper Underwing.

Fungi: (October) Yellow Brain, Candlesnuff, Glistening Inkcap, Grey Puffball, Turkeytail, Bearded Milkcap, Perenniporia meridionalis, Theleophora penicillata, Wood Blewit, Blackening Waxcap, Brown Rollrim, Chlorophyllum brunneum, Smoky Bracket, Poisonpie, Redlead Roundhead, Frosty Webcap.

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2447/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2447/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:04:52 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83578 Mute swans
Whooper swans
Bewick’s swans
Greylag
Canada goose
Egyptian goose
Shoveler
Mallard
Wigeon
Teal
Moorhen
Curlew (x2)
Snipe
Lapwing
Golden plover
Black-headed gull
Starling
Pied wagtail
Meadow pipit
Reed bunting
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Fieldfare
Robin
Collared dove
Pheasant
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Kestrel
Marsh harrier (x3)
Buzzard

Mammals
Brown hare (x10)

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‘Intents’ conditions! Camping by Lake Sofia https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-news/intents-conditions-camping-by-lake-sofia/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-news/intents-conditions-camping-by-lake-sofia/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:16:01 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83366

After a 12 hour drive – if they’re lucky – on a bumpy, dusty and muddy road – our team will arrive at Lake Sofia where they will set up camp. As they gear up for the release of the Madagascar pochard, they will share their time between the lakeside and a small town nearby, […]]]>

After a 12 hour drive – if they’re lucky – on a bumpy, dusty and muddy road – our team will arrive at Lake Sofia where they will set up camp.

As they gear up for the release of the Madagascar pochard, they will share their time between the lakeside and a small town nearby, Marotolana.

Marotolana is a town so remote, that even few Malagasy visit, as it’s literally at the end of the road on the map.

Given its inaccessibility, camping by Lake Sofia is no picnic.

There is no electricity. There is no running water. H20 has to be fished out of the local well.

It will be back to basics for the happy campers, who will stay in tents, with shelters, tarpaulins and trees providing extra cover.

A cook will prepare meals however most of the dishes will be made up of rice, rice and more rice with sides of chicken, fish, beans or eggs and the occasional vegetable. Dinner is washed down with ranampangu – boiled left over rice water. Our group have been advised to bring along their own teabags.

There is a Glasto-style long-drop for a toilet. For washing, there is a bucket, the lake and the open air.

Naturally, white people are unusual in rural Madagascar, and especially around Sofia. WWT were the first white people in some of the villages there though many are now used to our presence. Outsiders – all foreigners to Madagascar – irrespective of race – are ‘Vahaza’ (vasa). White people stand out attracting stares and the endless fascination of inquisitive children.

Our conservationists will have to observe a number of Madagascar customs, and beware of taboos known as fady, (fad). WWT have discovered a few over the years: working on a Thursday isn’t permitted, neither is eating pork, and number two-ing in the lake is an absolute no-no, so nothing too controversial.

There aren’t many monsters in Lake Sofia, however according to locals, crocodiles can be counted among the residents. Thankfully our staff have never encountered a giant man-eating reptile yet, nor met anyone who has. They will practice being wary.

As the sun sets over the camp at 6pm, the campers will retire to their tents early to read or take notes about life by Lake Sofia.

It’s a far cry from 9 till 5 at Slimbridge. But a once in a lifetime experience that few people will get to share.

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Reserve sightings – Thursday 1st November https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-sightings-thursday-1st-november/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/11/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-sightings-thursday-1st-november/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 10:07:36 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83575 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/

Twitter & Facebook

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2446/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2446/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 16:43:11 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83571 Mute swan
Whooper swan
Greylag
Canada goose
Barnacle goose
Shoveler
Mallard
Wigeon
Teal
Pochard
Cormorant
Coot
Moorhen
Grey heron
Curlew (x5)
Black-tailed godwit
Ruff
Redshank
Lapwing
Black-headed gull
Pied wagtail
Cetti’s warbler
Reed bunting
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Great tit
Blue tit
Long-tailed tit (x15)
Stonechat
Wood pigeon
Pheasant
Green woodpecker
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Marsh harrier
Buzzard
Red kite

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Bearded Tits https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/bearded-tits-2/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/bearded-tits-2/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:50:51 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83559 The Bearded Tits or Bearded Reedlings as they are now to be called are still present with several sightings reported today near the UU Hide, patience is needed and most people are getting flight views only but many good perched photographs coming through now, so given a little time and luck good perched views can be had. Best area to look for them is to take the reedbed walk just to the left of the United Utilities Hide, follow the track up on to the raised banking, walk about 20-30 yards and wait, listen for the distinctive ‘pinging’ calls.

Bearded Tit from yesterday on Reedbed walk (Jim Bevin)

Also on the reed bed walk at least 3 singing Cetti’s Warblers, also 2-3 Water Rail occasionally calling the distinctive ‘squeal’ call.

Peregrine again using the reserve to hunt, also 3 Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and a few Buzzard.

Female Goldeneye still on the Mere.

Bearded Tit male near United Utilities Hide yesterday (Colin Edwards)

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Wildlife Sightings – 31/10/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-31-10-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-31-10-18/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:39:50 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83557 Wader Lake     Time/AM     Tide/High

Teal – 21

Redshank – 8

Redwing – 9

Black-headed Gull – 2

 

Saline Lagoon

Shelduck – 1

Teal – 15

Wigeon – 2

 

Hawthorn Wood

Nuthatch – 1

Treecreeper – 1

Blue Tit – 4

Great Tit – 5

Coal Tit – 3

Bullfinch – 4

Robin – 1

Greenfinch – 1

 

Other Birds Noted Around Site

Kestrel (Wader Lake footpath) – 1 (male)

Tufted Duck (reservoir) – 6

Long-tailed Tit (North Wood) – 5

Canada Geese (over site) – 43

Sparrowhawk (grounds) – 1

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Slimbridge pelicans named by local school https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-news/slimbridge-pelicans-named-by-local-school/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-news/slimbridge-pelicans-named-by-local-school/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:54:28 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83550 Pelican drawing

Slimbridge’s pelicans are no longer without names thanks to the efforts of pupils at a nearby primary. For the past year, staff have struggled to come up with names to fit the bill for the quirky pair so approached local schools to ask the nest generation to help them solve the problem. Classes from Cam […]]]>
Pelican drawing

Slimbridge’s pelicans are no longer without names thanks to the efforts of pupils at a nearby primary.

For the past year, staff have struggled to come up with names to fit the bill for the quirky pair so approached local schools to ask the nest generation to help them solve the problem.

Classes from Cam Everlands Primary School, Slimbridge Primary School and Hillesley Primary School flocked to enter, putting forward a super selection of names for the wonderful wetland birds. The children at Hillesley Primary School even submitted impressive colourful illustrations to match their suggestions.

Such was the standard of entries that trainer Selina Reid had a hard time picking the winners, but in the end decided two names soared above the others. They were Sky and Sam, put forward by students in class five at Slimbridge Primary School.

She said:

“We had so many great suggestions that it wasn’t easy picking the winners.

“However in the end, it had to be Sky and Sam which I think suits our pelicans just perfectly.

“Now that they have names, training should be easier as they continue to develop and grow. They’re such distinctive birds with such distinctive personalities and now they have names to match.”

The winning class will visit Slimbridge early next year for a beak preview of the pelicans before they’re introduced to the public.

A spokeswoman for Slimbridge Primary added:

“The children thoroughly enjoyed thinking of names for the pelicans and they were thrilled to have won the competition. We’re all really looking forward to meeting them in the New Year.”

The pink-backed pelicans joined Slimbridge last year from very different circumstances. Confident Sky was hand-reared while Sam, the warier of the two, was parent-reared on an island in Longleat.

Selina has been working with the pelicans so that they will be able to display natural behaviours such as ducking for fish on cue to give visitors an insight into their incredible life in the wild. She has until next summer to prepare these clever birds to feel at ease during live displays in front of audiences of over 300 people.

Pink-backed pelicans come from central Africa, where they live near shallow freshwater lakes, rivers and pools. They’re friendly and outgoing, living and breeding in loose social groups, even alongside other species.

They’ve been settling in nicely to their new home on the banks of the Severn where they’ve established themselves as quite the characters among staff.

The addition of Sky and Sam to the reserve’s vast array of wetland birds is part of Slimbridge 2020, an amazing new project that will transform Slimbridge by offering visitors inspirational and immersive wildlife experiences.

Highlights include opening up Sir Peter Scott’s house to the public for the very first time and the ground-breaking Living Wetland Theatre and Aviary which will provide 380 seats in an innovative open air space to showcase WWT’s work with free flight demonstrations and interactive shows.

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World wetland convention round-up https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-news/world-wetland-convention-round-up/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-news/world-wetland-convention-round-up/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:18:19 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83512

A triennial meeting between 170 countries to address the future protection of wetlands has reached its conclusion. WWT were also at the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands conference in Dubai as one of six global technical advisors on the science and practicalities of wetland conservation. WWT’s Head of Conservation James Robinson sums up his highlights from the […]]]>

A triennial meeting between 170 countries to address the future protection of wetlands has reached its conclusion. WWT were also at the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands conference in Dubai as one of six global technical advisors on the science and practicalities of wetland conservation. WWT’s Head of Conservation James Robinson sums up his highlights from the week-long event:

It has been an exciting week of very long days and nights of meetings, events and networking. WWT’s team ensured we were in position to influence and advise at the crucial stages. It has been intense. Among the great results:

  • We worked with BirdLife International and Wetlands International to support a Resolution on the conservation of intertidal habitats. This is so valuable to the flyways of our migratory waterbirds, like the Eurasian curlew and spoon-billed sandpiper. The countries ratified the resolution. This is a very big win for wildlife and people worldwide.
  • We co-ran events on culture and wetlands and Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) best practice and supported many other events to celebrate some amazing wetland conservation, especially in China and southeast Asia. We have just learned that China has announced a no net loss of wetlands policy during the conference which is incredible!
  • WWTs James Robinson (left) addresses delegates

    We presented an open letter with the other advising IOPs on the need for action to save Ramsar Sites, given their status was referred to in the main session and in other side events.

  • WWT Consulting launched a new ‘good practice handbook’ on integrating urban development and wetland conservation. This was presented at a special side event and copies have now been circulated to people across the world. We produced this document with Nanjing University Ecological Research Institute of Changshu. It was also good to see cities where WWT Consultancy has worked, including Columbo and Changshu, being awarded the status of Wetland Cities.
  • WWT and partners launched the results of a new Global Wetland Survey which has, for the first time, assessed the state of the world’s wetlands by consulting the people who know these places best. Members of WWN were critical in this project which shows the importance of local communities, indigenous people and NGOs in protecting Ramsar sites.
  • WWT’s Wetland Technical Advisor Harison Andriambelo gave a presentation on our work with local communities to help wetlands in the country and to save the globally threatened Madagascar pochard. Much of this work was supported by the Darwin Initiative (a UK funding scheme for international conservation projects) and we thanked DEFRA for supporting Harison’s presence in Dubai.
  • We showcased the amazing wetland creation project at WWT Steart Marshes as part of a series of talks about creating natural flow of water across landscapes. This demonstrated to the world how we can create wetlands to address the challenges of coastal squeeze and help to deliver various Ramsar Resolutions.
  • We helped to create the opening and closing statements for the International Organisation Partners (IOPs: WWT, BirdLife International, WWF, IUCN, IWMI and Wetlands International) and the World Wetland Network (WWN; a partnership of smaller non-government organisations that come together to create one voice at the COP). These strong statements were presented to an auditorium full of Contracting Parties and international wetland organisations, putting pressure on them to act for wetlands on behalf of civil society.

WWT’s Steart Marshes constructed wetland

The event is a brilliant place to meet old friends and make new connections with the world’s leading wetland conservationists and policy-makers. This is invaluable for WWT and we leave with a very high profile and even greater connection to this global network.

My colleagues Chris Rostron, Matt Simpson, Rebecca Woodward and Harison Andriambelo were amazing ambassadors for WWT. It was a great team effort and I felt very proud of the team who worked tirelessly throughout.

I leave with a clearer picture of WWT’s role as IOP and how we could get even more from the Ramsar COP (Conference of the Contracting Parties) in the future. My overwhelming feeling is that WWT receives a great deal of global recognition as a leader in wetland conservation, which gives us much to capitalise upon.

 

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Wildlife sightings for 31st October 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-31st-october-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-31st-october-2018/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:05:05 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83542 2 Bittern – main lake North shore, best viewed from Headley Hide

1 Jack Snipe – grazing marsh

12 Snipe – grazing marsh, main lake

2 Water Rail – main reedbed

1 Peregrine – perched on the hospital

1 Kestrel – wildside

12 Fieldfare – over South

 

October bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Bittern, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Peregrine, Buzzard, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Spotted Flycatcher.

Colder weather in early October has seen the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank.

Dragonflies: (October) Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma.

Moths: (end September) Angle Shades, Beautiful Plume, Box Moth, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Large Wainscot, Rush Veneer, Rosy Rustic, Small Dusty Wave, Vestal, Copper Underwing.

Fungi: (October) Yellow Brain, Candlesnuff, Glistening Inkcap, Grey Puffball, Turkeytail, Bearded Milkcap, Perenniporia meridionalis, Theleophora penicillata, Wood Blewit, Blackening Waxcap, Brown Rollrim, Chlorophyllum brunneum, Smoky Bracket, Poisonpie, Redlead Roundhead, Frosty Webcap.

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Frozen again https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/frozen-again-2/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/frozen-again-2/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 10:26:27 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83540 Another cold night leaving most of the shallower water bodies frozen again this morning.  New arrivals included a pair of Whooper Swan, one carrying a red darvic ring.  The bird was caught at WWT Caerlaverock in March 2014, sexed as a male and has been seen at WWT Martin Mere too in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Robbie Garnett Hide

As well as the Whooper Swans grazing on the field, a total of 8 White-fronted Geese were on the Tack Piece this morning amongst the Greylags, including a pair with 1 juvenile, a pair with 2 juveniles and a lone adult.  Duck were crammed into a small ice free area of the scrape and included 502 Wigeon, 432 Teal and 2 Pintail.  At least 2 Snipe were also hiding along the shoreline.
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Holden Tower

Another 7 adult White-fronted Geese were on the Dumbles with the Greylag flock.  A Peregrine was sat out on a fence post near the river and a Little Egret could be seen on the edge of the channel.
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South Lake Hides

Very few birds on the wader scrape this morning with just 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 18 Redshank of note.  The deep lake held a few more duck including 10 Pochard, 33 Shoveler and 60 Tufted Duck.
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Zeiss Hide

A large roost of 628 Canada Geese this morning with around 450 Teal mixed amongst them.  As this area is quiet some of the team will be out here today finishing off a few jobs ahead of the big winter numbers arriving.  The Bittern rides in the reedbed have been cut and the vegetation topped ready for thousands of grazing Wigeon and foraging waders.

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Bearded Tits https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/bearded-tits/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/bearded-tits/#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:21:31 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83525 The Bearded Tits are still present with at least 10 seen today in a single flock, but quite how many there are altogether is difficult to be sure as they seem to be being seen in many small groups as well. Any counts please report to the In Focus shop by the discovery hide so we can try and get a handle on the numbers.

Male Bearded Tit on the reedbed walk yesterday (Marc Gannon)

Other sightings today include a re-appearance of the Red Kite from Sunday which was around for a short time in the morning. At least 2 juvenile Peregrine and 2 Marsh Harrier around as well as the usual sightings of Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.

A female Goldeneye still showing well right in front of Discovery Hide today with Tufted and Pochard.

A few Thousand Pink-footed Geese were around in the afternoon and around 200 Whooper Swans late afternoon.

A Siskin and 2 Redwing were seen from Janet Kear Hide today.

A count of 60 Ruff at the afternoon feed by Discovery Hide.

Pink-footed Geese dropping in to roost yesterday (Tony Disley)

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Winter Wellness Weekend is Nov 3-4 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-arundel-news/winter-wellness-weekend-is-nov-3-4/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-arundel-news/winter-wellness-weekend-is-nov-3-4/#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:02:57 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83528

Try free taster sessions on mindfulness, yoga and more to stay healthy and stress free this winter.

Winter can be a difficult time for some: shorter, darker days limit our time outdoors while the financial pressures and indulgences of the holiday season add on more stress. To help you stay healthy and stress free this winter Arundel Wetland Centre is hosting a Winter Wellness Weekend on Nov 3-4.

Start your winter season with free taster sessions on mindfulness, yoga and massage. Try aromatherapy, reiki and zero balance work or sign up for a life coaching session. Spending time in nature is also a great way to stay mentally and physically healthy. The British Heart Foundation suggests that 30 minutes of walking a day can keep your heart healthy while the UK Mental Health foundation says research suggests regular exercise is as effective as anti-depressant medication for mild-to moderate depression. Studies in the field of environmental psychology show that humans benefit from nature on both and emotional and mental level as well.

Tim McGregor, manager of WWT’s Arundel Wetland Centre. “Our founder Sir Peter Scott started the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in part to help enhance people’s lives by being close to nature. You can exercise your body and soul with a walk around our reserve’’.

Walking routes to help you get in your 10,000 steps a day will be marked out at Arundel Wetland Centre  and the staff from Southdowns National Park will be at Arundel Wetland Centre during Winter Wellness Weekend hand with advice and maps to make the most of winter walks further afield.

 

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Teal
Whooper Swan
Shoveler
Mallard
Kestrel
Tree Sparrow
Greylag goose
Canada Goose
Gadwall
Golden plover
Marsh harrier
Buzzard
Snipe
Pochard
Pintail
Curlew
Black-tailed godwit

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Recent sightings 27th – 30th October https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-27th-30th-october/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-llanelli-sightings/recent-sightings-27th-30th-october/#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 12:40:44 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83509

Spoonbill

 

British Steel Hide

Lots to see from the Steel hide despite the cold, with 523 Black-tailed Godwits, over 250 Knot, as well as Redshank, Greenshank and Ruff. Also seen on the 30th were a Spoonbill and 2 Great White Egrets. Plenty of Shelduck, Wigeon and Black-headed Gulls have also been seen here.

Red Kite by Romney Turner

Millennium Wetlands

101 Gadwal, 8 Little Grebe, 22 Teal and 18 Tufted ducks, as well as Pochard, Water rail and Shoveler have all been seen on the Millennium Wetlands. Redwing, Cetti’s Warbler, Snipe and a lone Chiffchaff have also been seen around Hopkin’s folly and the Western Scrapes. In a brief fly over, both Goshawk and Red kite were seen on Monday morning, Both being chased off by the resident Crows.

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First Bewick’s swan returns to the UK heralding the arrival of winter https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-news/first-bewicks-swan-returns-to-the-uk-heralding-the-arrival-of-winter/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-news/first-bewicks-swan-returns-to-the-uk-heralding-the-arrival-of-winter/#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 11:07:31 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83499

The first Bewick’s swan of the season has landed at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, having surfed the weekend’s first blast of winter winds from the Arctic. The bird, known as Indri, is making its third visit to the famous reserve, after arriving as a cygnet in 2016. Experts have identified her using the unique pattern […]]]>

The first Bewick’s swan of the season has landed at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, having surfed the weekend’s first blast of winter winds from the Arctic.

The bird, known as Indri, is making its third visit to the famous reserve, after arriving as a cygnet in 2016. Experts have identified her using the unique pattern on her bill.

The appearance of the swan marks the start of a celebrated period for Slimbridge, which hosts around 30,000 migratory birds every winter. Staff hope there will be an influx of Bewick’s swans over the next few weeks, as the mercury dips even further.

Steve Heaven, Swan Research Assistant, said:

“We’re proud to have Bewick’s here at Slimbridge and we’ve seen some of the birds return to us each winter for 29 years!

“Winter is a magical time to visit Slimbridge as hundreds of ducks, geese and swans arrive at Slimbridge, including the beautiful Bewick’s swans, white-fronted geese, pintail, pochard, tufted duck, gadwall and teal”.

Bewick’s are small white swans with black and yellow bills. Every winter they navigate some 4000km to the UK to escape the arctic winters of Russia. They can be found in large numbers on the Severn estuary and in eastern England.

Sir Peter Scott the founder of WWT dedicated much of his time to watching and studying Bewick’s swans. He was the first person to notice that each bird has a unique bill pattern making it possible to identify individuals.

Slimbridge can host up to 200 Bewick’s swans from late October to early March. They can be seen on the grassland areas of the reserve during the day and in the evenings they congregate outside the Peng Observatory where they are fed at 4pm.

However fewer Bewick’s swans are returning each year.

Recent studies show that since 1995 the number of Bewick’s swans making the migration from arctic Russia to northern Europe has plummeted by nearly a half – from 29,000 to just 18,000 recorded in 2010.

Conservation scientists have been studying the Bewick’s swan for the last fifty years, making it the longest study of any species of bird in the world. Their research has identified some of the threats that Bewick’s face including loss of their wetland habitat, illegal hunting, climate change and hazards in their flight path such as wind turbines and power pylons.

Steve added:

“We hope that by giving visitors the chance to see Bewick’s swans close-up and in large numbers from our comfortable Peng Observatory that we are inspiring them to help protect this species for future generations”.

Swan Lake at Slimbridge is perfectly maintained so that the swans have a place to recover from their long and arduous trip. The wardens feed them three times a day and ensure that they are kept safe over the winter. This is supplementary to their natural diet of grasses, cereal crops and aquatic vegetation.

They are able to take care of these marvellous animals because of the generous support from Postcode Animal Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose funding helps make their stay as comfortable as possible.

For an extra special experience visitors are invited to access Slimbridge after hours and witness a spectacular commentated floodlit evening swan feed followed by a delicious two course meal with tea, coffee and mints. Our Swan Supper Evenings run every Friday and Saturday evening from 30 November to 9 February.

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Reserve Sightings -Tuesday 30th October – Yellowhammer! https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-sightings-tuesday-20th-october-yellowhammer/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/reserve-sightings-tuesday-20th-october-yellowhammer/#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10:45:29 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83490 Another cold day on the reserve however all the frosty weather has brought the Yellowhammers back on site! Keep an eye out walking from the Farmhouse towards the Peter Scott Observatory as this is where they like to feed among the other passerines.

The avenue tower is worth visiting as some raptors have been spotted this morning including a Peregrine Falcon and a male Hen Harrier.

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

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 32 (including 4 cygnets)
Mute Swan 28 (including 7 cygnets)
Canada Goose 30
Mallard 212
Tufted Duck 18
Teal 10
Wigeon 39
Moorhen 7

Folly Pond
Mallard 10
Teal 400
Wigeon 70
Shoveler 20

Teal Pond
Wigeon 23
Gadwall 2
Moorhen 2
Mallard 6
Curlew  2

Avenue Tower
Peregrine Falcon
Male Hen Harrier
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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First Bewick’s swan returns to Slimbridge heralding the arrival of winter https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-news/first-bewicks-swan-returns-to-slimbridge-heralding-the-arrival-of-winter/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-news/first-bewicks-swan-returns-to-slimbridge-heralding-the-arrival-of-winter/#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10:43:55 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83489 Bewick's swan

The first Bewick’s swan of the season has landed at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, having surfed the weekend’s first blast of winter winds from the Arctic. The bird, known as Indri, is making its third visit to the famous reserve, after arriving as a cygnet in 2016. Experts have identified her using the unique pattern […]]]>
Bewick's swan

The first Bewick’s swan of the season has landed at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, having surfed the weekend’s first blast of winter winds from the Arctic.

The bird, known as Indri, is making its third visit to the famous reserve, after arriving as a cygnet in 2016. Experts have identified her using the unique pattern on her bill.

The appearance of the swan marks the start of a celebrated period for Slimbridge, which hosts around 30,000 migratory birds every winter. Staff hope there will be an influx of Bewick’s swans over the next few weeks, as the mercury dips even further.

Bewick's swan

Steve Heaven, Swan Research Assistant, said: “We’re proud to have Bewick’s here at Slimbridge and we’ve seen some of the birds return to us each winter for 29 years! Winter is a magical time to visit Slimbridge as hundreds of ducks, geese and swans arrive at Slimbridge, including the beautiful Bewick’s swans, white-fronted geese, pintail, pochard, tufted duck, gadwall and teal”.

Bewick’s are small white swans with black and yellow bills. Every winter they navigate some 4000km to the UK to escape the arctic winters of Russia. They can be found in large numbers on the Severn estuary and in eastern England.

Sir Peter Scott the founder of WWT dedicated much of his time to watching and studying Bewick’s swans. He was the first person to notice that each bird has a unique bill pattern making it possible to identify individuals.

Slimbridge can host up to 200 Bewick’s swans from late October to early March. They can be seen on the grassland areas of the reserve during the day and in the evenings they congregate outside the Peng Observatory where they are fed at 4pm. However fewer Bewick’s swans are returning each year.
Recent studies show that since 1995 the number of Bewick’s swans making the migration from arctic Russia to northern Europe has plummeted by nearly a half – from 29,000 to just 18,000 recorded in 2010.

Conservation scientists have been studying the Bewick’s swan for the last fifty years, making it the longest study of any species of bird in the world. Their research has identified some of the threats that Bewick’s face including loss of their wetland habitat, illegal hunting, climate change and hazards in their flight path such as wind turbines and power pylons.

Steve added: “We hope that by giving visitors the chance to see Bewick’s swans close-up and in large numbers from our comfortable Peng Observatory that we are inspiring them to help protect this species for future generations”.

Swan Lake at Slimbridge is perfectly maintained so that the swans have a place to recover from their long and arduous trip. The wardens feed them three times a day and ensure that they are kept safe over the winter. This is supplementary to their natural diet of grasses, cereal crops and aquatic vegetation.

They are able to take care of these marvellous animals because of the generous support from Postcode Animal Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose funding helps make their stay as comfortable as possible.

For an extra special experience visitors are invited to access Slimbridge after hours and witness a spectacular commentated floodlit evening swan feed followed by a delicious two course meal with tea, coffee and mints. Our Swan Supper Evenings run every Friday and Saturday evening from 30 November to 9 February.

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Wildlife sightings for 30th October 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-30th-october-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-30th-october-2018/#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10:04:39 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83486 1 Short-Eared Owl – grazing marsh all day (roosting)

1 Peregrine – perched on the hospital

1 Pintail – grazing marsh

2 Snipe – grazing marsh

1 Shelduck – main lake

7 Meadow Pipit – marsh and flying NW

1 Redpoll – over W

12 Redwing – flying over heading SW

4 Siskin – sheltered lagoon

 

October bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Peregrine, Buzzard, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Spotted Flycatcher.

Colder weather in early October has seen the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank.

Dragonflies: (October) Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma.

Moths: (end September) Angle Shades, Beautiful Plume, Box Moth, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Large Wainscot, Rush Veneer, Rosy Rustic, Small Dusty Wave, Vestal, Copper Underwing.

Fungi: (October) Yellow Brain, Candlesnuff, Glistening Inkcap, Grey Puffball, Turkeytail, Bearded Milkcap, Perenniporia meridionalis, Theleophora penicillata, Wood Blewit, Blackening Waxcap, Brown Rollrim, Chlorophyllum brunneum, Smoky Bracket, Poisonpie, Redlead Roundhead, Frosty Webcap.

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Frozen scrapes https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/frozen-scrapes/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/frozen-scrapes/#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 09:49:11 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83484 Rushy Hide

A few bird less than yesterday as the lower pond was frozen. Pochard, Pintail and Shelducks all mingling with the Tufted Ducks and Mallards. A single Redshank present.

Tack Piece

The 15 Eurasian White-fronted Geese among the Greylags, 360 Wigeon and 200 Teal on the scrape.

Willow Hide

The feeders are out. Chiffhcaff and two Goldcrest among the highlights in the hedges.

South Lake

Avocet, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 70 Teal, 30 Shoveler, Great Crested Grebe, and 5 Cormorants among the birds present.

Top New Piece/Zeiss Hide

300 Teal, 500 Canada Geese and c80 Lapwing.

 

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Wildlife sightings – 30/10/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-30-10-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-30-10-18/#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 09:43:31 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83482 a.m. Tide Level: High

Wader Lake

Shelduck 1

Kestrel 1

Redwing 2

Snipe 6

Teal 37

Black-headed gull 62

Saline Lagoon

Grey heron 2

Shelduck 3

Teal 9

Hawthorn Wood

Nuthatch 2

Great spotted woodpecker 1

Greenfinch 1

Robin 3

Willow tit 1

Bullfinch 5

Chaffinch 7

Coal tit 2

Great tit 5

Magpie 1

Pheasant 7

Other birds

Buzzard – 1 – Over site (high)

Tree sparrow – 3 – Centre feeders

Grey heron – 1 – Forgotten Meadow

Long-tailed tit – 7 – Reservoir

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Increase in snipe sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-arundel-sightings/increase-in-snipe/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-arundel-sightings/increase-in-snipe/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:55:49 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83476

Sightings of common snipe are increasing throughout the reserve. Photo: Romney Turner

 

These wildlife sightings are a record of what one warden/WWT guide has seen on a morning walk of our site.

 

Thurs 25 Oct

Scrape hide:  2 teal,  4 shoveler duck, 1 little grebe.

Sand martin hide: 6 shoveler, 2 shelduck, 1 gadwall.

Wildlife garden: great spotted woodpecker.

Ramsar hide: 14 snipe, 1 lapwing, 1 grey heron, 1 Cetti’s warbler, 1 cormorant.

Wetlands Discovery: tufted ducks.

Arun Riverlife: 16 tufted ducks, 9 teal.

Fri 26 Oct

Lapwing hide: 1 grey heron.

Ramsar/Sand Martin hide: 4 pochard, 1 cormorant, 2 gadwall, 9 shoveler, 1 lapwing, 2 teal, 2 shelduck.

Scrape hide: 11 shoveler, 1 shelduck, 2 teal, 1 water rail.

Arun Riverlife lagoon: 19 tufted duck, 2 pochard.

Woodland loop: treecreeper. Blue, great and coal tits, goldfinches, chiff chaff on the feeders.

Sat 27 Oct

Black Rabbit triangle: Water rail, 4 marsh harrier (leaving ), 5 little egret, 1 great egret, 1 chiffchaff, 1 firecrest.

Car park: 2 water rail, 1 chiffchaff, 2+ lesser redpoll.

Ramsar hide: 8+ common snipe, 3 shelduck, 5 greylag goose, 2 pintail, 6 teal, 4 gadwall, 44 common gull, 1 kingfisher, 1+ water rail, 1 pintail, 9 shoveler.

Lapwing hide: 6+ common snipe.

Scrape hide: 1 common snipe. Reedbed: 2+ common snipe.

Wetlands Discovery: 16 tufted ducks, 2 pochard.

Lapwing hide: 3 lapwing, a snipe.

 

 

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New handbook makes waves in the wetland world https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-news/new-handbook-makes-waves-in-the-wetland-world/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-news/new-handbook-makes-waves-in-the-wetland-world/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 11:50:10 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83469

Creating wetlands in cities around the globe just got easier, thanks to a new good practice manual launched this week at the Ramsar Convention in Dubai by WWT Consulting. The handbook, created with Nanjing University Ecological Research Institute of Changshu, showcases successful examples of urban wetlands from all over the world including London Wetland Centre, […]]]>

Creating wetlands in cities around the globe just got easier, thanks to a new good practice manual launched this week at the Ramsar Convention in Dubai by WWT Consulting.

The handbook, created with Nanjing University Ecological Research Institute of Changshu, showcases successful examples of urban wetlands from all over the world including London Wetland Centre, Colombo City in Sri Lanka and Changshu City in China.

Covering wetlands of international importance, city waterscapes and even modest urban ponds, the book features invaluable planning, design and management advice needed for a thriving wetland.

WWT Consulting Associate Director Matt Simpson said:

“We are collectively responsible for safeguarding the health of our wetlands in order to guarantee the vital role that they play in our lives. With this handbook, we hope wetlands everywhere will be winning.

“By creating a new straightforward publication that illustrates valuable experiences and principles referencing 12 wonderful wetlands across four continents, we hope these practices will be widely adopted.”

The handbook was born out of a result of discussions held at the workshop “Good practices for integrating urban development and wetland conservation” earlier this year. The aim was to share best practice examples and ideas on urban wetland design and management. The suggestions put forward at the workshop were then translated into a guidance manual.

The handbook can be found here.

 

 

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Recent Sightings €- 29th October 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-castle-espie-sightings/recent-sightings-%c2%80-29th-october-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-castle-espie-sightings/recent-sightings-%c2%80-29th-october-2018/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 11:10:44 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83466 The following count was taken from the reserve and estuary at low tide today.  The winter birds are still showing well on the estuary. There are still impressive numbers of Brent geese on the lough and the flocks of duck and wader are impressive.

Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Brent Goose c.1400+,  Little Egret 1, Black-headed Gull 7, Curlew 2, Oystercatcher 4, Lapwing 14

Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 230, Tufted duck 14, Teal 70, Coot 4, Shoveler 1, Goldeneye 1

Teal – roosting on the Main lake and Freshwater lagoon at present

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

Mallard 6, Black-headed Gull 5, Greylag 2, Teal 16

Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Oystercatcher 2, Black-headed Gull 2

Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Mallard 44, Moorhen 3, Teal 2, Coot 2, Mute swan 2

Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory

Little Grebe 2, Heron 1, Black-headed Gull 2, Little egret 1

Limestone Lake

Teal 1

Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh

 

Brickworks

Dunnock, Jackdaw

Woodland

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

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First Bewick’s Swan returns https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/first-bewicks-swan-returns/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/first-bewicks-swan-returns/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 10:59:26 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83463 Indri- this bird favours the Big Pen, look out for it among the flock of resident pre injured/rehab Bewick’s Swans.

Rushy Hide

31 Pochard and 40 Pintail among the Mallards, Teal and Tufted Ducks. A single Little Grebe and Redshank also on the pond.

Tack Piece

480+ Wigeon on the scrape with 200 Teal.

Holden Tower

15 E. White-fronted Geese among the Greylags.

South Lake

Single Avocet, Dunlin and Redshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 70 Lapwing. 45 Shoveler, 70 Teal, 18 Pochard and 40 Tufted Duck + Little Grebe noted.

Zeiss Hide/Top New Piece

60 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 110 Lapwing, 18 Pintail and 200 Teal on the flood.

Visible migration (Vismig)

100s of Redwings, Fieldfares, Starlings and Woodpigeon moving NNE as well as two Brambling, a Redpoll, a few Siskins and small flocks of Chaffinches.

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Latest sightings – Monday 29th October https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-monday-29th-november/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-monday-29th-november/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 10:50:36 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83459 The temperature remains below zero this morning resulting in some of our ponds being partially frozen.  Good numbers of whooper swans on the whooper pond again this morning as well as a new family of mute swans with 4 cygnets.  Wigeon numbers also continue to rise.

Take time to pause down the Avenue and you will be rewarded with the calls of Fieldfare and Redwing as well as long-tailed tits and other passerines.

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

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 90
Mute Swan 34 (including 10 cygnets)
Canada Goose 30
Mallard 195
Tufted Duck 22
Teal 33
Wigeon 91
Moorhen 8

Folly Pond
Mallard 10
Teal 400
Wigeon 70
Shoveler 20

Teal Pond
Wigeon 20
Gadwall 3
Moorhen 2
Mallard 1
Barnacle Goose 1
Teal 10

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

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Great White Egret
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)
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/

Twitter & Facebook

Follow us on Twitter @WWTCaerlaverock for instant WWT Caerlaverock bird news, wildlife news and upcoming events to your mobile phone or computer. This is a great way to get instant news as we update from our mobile phones as we are finding the birds.

You can also ‘Like’ us on Facebook https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/

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Wildlife sightings – 29/10/18 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-29-10-18/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-washington-sightings/wildlife-sightings-29-10-18/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 10:44:47 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83461 a.m. Tide Level: Mid

Wader Lake

Teal 48

Snipe 5

Herring gull 3

Black-headed gull 128

Kestrel 1

Shelduck 1

Saline Lagoon

Shelduck 2

Teal 23

Curlew 1

Black-headed gull 4

Snipe 1

Hawthorn Wood

Great spotted woodpecker 1

Nuthatch 1

Robin 2

Bullfinch 3

Willow tit 2

Other birds

Great black-backed gull – 1 – River Wear

Tufted duck – 29 – Reservoir

Redwing – 1 – Forgotten Mead

Mammals

Grey squirrel

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Todays sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2445/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2445/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 10:24:37 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83455 Great White Egret
Snipe
Pintail
Pochard
Teal
Wigeon
Marsh Harrier
Canada goose
Greylag goose
Black tailed Godwit
Coot
Moorhen
Fieldfare
Shell duck
Tree sparrow

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Wildlife sightings for 29th October 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-29th-october-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-29th-october-2018/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 09:53:54 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83451 1 Short-eared Owl – marsh 0810hrs, then later flew up high circling the site

1 Dunlin – main lake

2 Peregrine – hospital perch

1 Kestrel – marsh

5 Snipe – marsh

5 Siskin – sheltered lagoon, 1 flew SW

 

October bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Merlin, Peregrine, Buzzard, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Spotted Flycatcher.

Colder weather in early October has seen the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank.

Dragonflies: (October) Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Comma.

Moths: (end September) Angle Shades, Beautiful Plume, Box Moth, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Large Wainscot, Rush Veneer, Rosy Rustic, Small Dusty Wave, Vestal, Copper Underwing.

Fungi: (October) Yellow Brain, Candlesnuff, Glistening Inkcap, Grey Puffball, Turkeytail, Bearded Milkcap, Perenniporia meridionalis, Theleophora penicillata, Wood Blewit, Blackening Waxcap, Brown Rollrim, Chlorophyllum brunneum, Smoky Bracket, Poisonpie, Redlead Roundhead, Frosty Webcap.

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A few more White-fronts https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/a-few-more-white-fronts-2/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/a-few-more-white-fronts-2/#respond Sun, 28 Oct 2018 14:32:10 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83442 Rushy Hide

Further increases in the duck numbers as we begin to feed the lake to settle the birds in for the winter. 38 Pintail, 11 Pochard (5 drakes), c45 Tufted Duck and 45 Shelduck on the lake. A flock of 16 Ruff were roosting on the lower ponds island but flew off. Single Redshank and a few Lapwing were about the ponds. A Chiffchaff was calling from the bushes at the back and a Kingfisher was seen about the Swan Pipe and Duckery at the N end.

Tack Piece

Rather quiet at the Martin Smith hide as it bore the brunt of the cold N wind, on the scrape a party of 340 Wigeon, c240 Teal, single Pintail and a few Shoveler fed or sheltered from the wind. On the field a couple Curlew perhaps heralded the winter build up of this species. Now the field has been cut/topped it should be attractive to many species as we attempt to catch rain events and bring the levels up.

A further three adult E. White-fronted Geese arrived this morning and noisily joined the three (adult and two juveniles) that already reside. They were all fairly mobile but kept returning to the Tack Piece.

Holden Tower

A flock of c45 Great Black-backed Gulls roosted over high tide, a Peregrine was charging about and up to 15 Cranes gathered, at least two un-ringed adults joined the Crane project birds.

South Lake

Single Avocet, 140+ Lapwing, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank, 3 Ruff, c45 Shoveler, 11 Pochard (8 drakes), Great Crested Grebe and 70 Teal were also present.

Top New Piece/Zeiss Hide

Cetti’s Warbler heard, c80 flighty Golden Plover, c200 Lapwing, 100 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 20 Pintail, 45 Wigeon and a whopping count of 590 Canada Geese.

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Bearded Tits! https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/latest-sightings-747/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/latest-sightings-747/#respond Sun, 28 Oct 2018 12:45:38 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83436 Top news today with at least 8 Bearded Tit seen ~150m to the left of the Harrier Hide on the inner Reed Bed Walk. Over the last 20 years we have had a few single observer sightings of birds that have never hung around so we are quite excited by this news!

A 1cy Kittiwake flew through early afternoon.

The first Goldeneye arrived today, a female close by the Discovery Hide this morning.

A Siskin flew over calling early on.

Waders included 40+ Ruff, 500+ Lapwing, 20+ Snipe and a few Black-tailed Godwit.

Snipe showing well from the in focus shop (Andy Bunting)

Top raptor day with Red Kite, Merlin, 6 different Marsh Harrier in the area, Peregrine,  4+ Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and currently nearby on the Ribble Estuary, 2 Hen Harrier.

The moon still high in the sky and a fine start to Sunday morning.

With the clocks going back the reserve will now be closing at 4.30pm. Last year we did stay open a little later due to the spectacular Starling murmuration so if that does build again we’ll let you know.

Check out a few days of the previous sighting to get a fuller picture as to what can be seen on the reserve.

It should be possible to see over 60 species in a full days bird watching at Martin Mere. If you would like to know the best spots, up to date info or to report any sightings then please call in at the in focus shop next to the Discovery Hide.

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2444/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2444/#respond Sun, 28 Oct 2018 11:42:19 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83432 Whooper swans
Greylag
Canada goose
Shelduck
Shoveler
Mallard
Pintail (x6)
Wigeon
Teal
Pochard (x5)
Cormorant
Moorhen
Grey heron
Great egret
Curlew (x5)
Black-tailed godwit (60+)
Ruff (x3)
Redshank
Snipe
Lapwing
Golden plover
Black-headed gull
Starling
Kingfisher
Pied wagtail
Black-headed gull
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Great tit
Long-tailed tit
Fieldfare
Robin
Wren
Woodpigeon
Jackdaw
Rook
Kestrel
Peregrine
Marsh harrier (x2)
Buzzard

Mammals
Roe deer

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Wildlife sightings for 28th October 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-28th-october-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-28th-october-2018/#respond Sun, 28 Oct 2018 10:05:52 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83426 1 Merlin – sheltered lagoon (09:55)

1 Curlew – grazing marsh

7 Snipe – main lake, grazing marsh

1 Shelduck – main lake

86 Lapwing – main lake, wader scrape

1 Grey Wagtail – otter enclosure

2 Skylark – flew over heading West

1 Peregrine – perched on hospital

 

October bird highlights: Short-eared Owl, Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Pintail, Spotted Flycatcher, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Peregrine, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Buzzard.

Colder weather in early October has seen the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank.

Dragonflies: (end September) Emperor Dragonfly, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Common Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Brimstone.

Moths: (end September) Angle Shades, Beautiful Plume, Box Moth, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Large Wainscot, Rush Veneer, Rosy Rustic, Small Dusty Wave, Vestal, Copper Underwing.

Fungi: (September) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2443/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2443/#respond Sat, 27 Oct 2018 10:21:24 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83417 Mute swans
Whooper swans
Greylag
Barnacle goose
Canada goose
Shoveler
Mallard
Pintail
Wigeon
Teal
Pochard (x3)
Cormorant
Coot
Moorhen
Crane (x3)
Grey heron
Great egret
Bittern (Lyle hide)
Curlew
Black-tailed godwit
Ruff
Redshank (x3)
Snipe
Lapwing
Golden plover
Black-headed gull
Starling
Pied wagtail
Meadow pipit
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Dunnock
Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Blackbird
Robin
Wren
Collared dove
Woodpigeon
Pheasant
Rook
Carrion crow
Kestrel
Marsh harrier
Buzzard

Mammals
Roe deer
Brown hares

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Wildlife sightings for 27th October 2018 https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-27th-october-2018/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-london-sightings/wildlife-sightings-for-27th-october-2018/#respond Sat, 27 Oct 2018 09:45:31 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83415 1 Short-eared Owl – grazing marsh

1 Shelduck – main lake

1 Pintail – grazing marsh

70 Wigeon – main lake, reservoir lagoon, wader scrape

14 Fieldfare – flew over heading South East

32 Redwing – flew over heading West

6 Meadow Pipit – grazing marsh

1 Kestrel – grazing marsh

1 Peregrine – perched on hospital

 

October bird highlights: Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Pintail, Spotted Flycatcher, Redshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Peregrine, Little Egret, Whinchat, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Brambling, Buzzard.

Colder weather in early October has seen the arrival of the first winter passerines like Brambling, Redwing, Stonechat and Siskin. Jack Snipe have arrived, having been spotted on the wetter grazing marsh fields and main lake Sedge islands. Other migrants on the move include Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank.

Dragonflies: (end September) Emperor Dragonfly, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Common Darter, Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly.

Butterflies: (October) Red Admiral, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Brimstone.

Moths: (end September) Angle Shades, Beautiful Plume, Box Moth, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Large Wainscot, Rush Veneer, Rosy Rustic, Small Dusty Wave, Vestal, Copper Underwing.

Fungi: (September) Chicken of the Woods, Snowy Inkcap, Giant Puffball, Horse Mushroom, Split Fibrecap, Brown Birch Bolete, Field Mushroom, Bleached Brittlegill, Shaggy Parasol, Turkeytail, Fairy Inkcap, Fluted Bird’s-nest.

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Saturday 27th Octobers Sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/saturday-27th-octobers-sightings/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-slimbridge-sightings/saturday-27th-octobers-sightings/#respond Sat, 27 Oct 2018 09:08:17 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83410 Rushy

Pintail 25
Teal 70
Snipe 1
Redshank 1
Grey Wagtail 1

Holden and Walkway

Whitefronted Goose 1 ad 2 juvs
Wigeon 70
Teal 250
Curlew 46
Snipe 1
Peregrine 2
Chiffchaff 1 (withy bed)
Fieldfare 12 passing over

South Lake

Pochard 14
Tufted Duck 63
Shoveler 50
Lapwing 201
Dunlin 6
Black Tailed Godwit 20
Redshank 2
Snipe 1
Crane 7 flying over.

Zeiss Hide

Teal 560
Lapwing 290
Golden Plover 96
Redshank 6
Dunlin 40
Peregrine 2

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Latest Sightings – Saturday 27th October https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-saturday-27th-october/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-caerlaverock-sightings/latest-sightings-saturday-27th-october/#respond Sat, 27 Oct 2018 08:56:49 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83408 Even colder this morning, but it seems some of the Whooper Swans have found food elsewhere as there were just 40 on the Whooper Pond at 8:30 as opposed to the 120 we had yesterday. Keep an eye on the fields in the area as they could be feeding out there.

Still huge numbers of Barnacle Geese using the reserve and surrounding fields, and increasing numbers of Wigeon and Tufted Duck on the ponds.

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

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 35
Mute Swan 29 (including 5 cygnets)
Canada Goose 13
Mallard 195
Tufted Duck 22
Teal 11
Wigeon 61
Moorhen 4

Folly Pond
Mallard 10
Teal 400
Wigeon 70
Shoveler 20

Teal Pond
Wigeon 7
Shoveler 1
Gadwall 3
Moorhen 4
Greylag Goose 20
Barnacle Goose 4

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)
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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Today’s sightings https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2442/ https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/10/wwt-welney-sightings/todays-sightings-2442/#respond Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:08:41 +0000 http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/?p=83399 Mute swan
Whooper swan
Greylag
Canada goose
Barnacle goose
Shoveler
Mallard
Gadwall
Pintail
Wigeon
Teal
Pochard
Cormorant
Coot
Moorhen
Grey heron
Great egret
Bittern (main observatory)
Black-tailed godwit
Snipe
Lapwing
Golden plover
Starling
Pied wagtail
Tree sparrow
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Great tit
Blue tit
Collared dove
Woodpigeon
Pheasant
Green woodpecker
Jackdaw
Rook
Kestrel
Peregrine
Marsh harrier (x2)
Buzzard

Dragonflies
Common darter

Butterflies
Red admiral

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