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Thrushes galore
27 Oct 2020

Thrushes galore

There are flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares over the reserve regularly at the moment, with many dropping down onto the Hawthorns to gorge on the berries, or perch in the tops of the Sycamores.A Marsh Harrier was harrying Teal on the Folly Pond this mornin...

Icelandic-breeding Goose Census
17 Oct 2020

Icelandic-breeding Goose Census

Today saw the first of the Icelandic-breeding Goose Census for the winter. Wardens were in early to monitor the Pink-footed Geese as they left the roost on the mudflats out from Saltcot Merse Observatory....or that was the plan at least! The Pink-foots ...

Fieldfare in the Hedgerows
16 Oct 2020

Fieldfare in the Hedgerows

After the first Redwing was observed on the Reserve last week, we have now recorded the first of the returning Fieldfare. Numbers are still low for both species but they are best watched for on a wander down the Avenue. The Hawthorn berries are ripening...

First Whooper Swan Family Returns
10 Oct 2020

First Whooper Swan Family Returns

The North-westerly breezes the past few days has led to an influx of returning Whooper Swans, with reports of over 40 birds in the local area. There are currently 13 birds on the Whooper Pond including our first family group. Eric Anthony has returned w...

Roe Deer in the Sun
07 Oct 2020

Roe Deer in the Sun

Roe Deer have been very evident around the reserve the past week with up to 8 individuals seen in just one section of Merse alone. This morning a couple were sauntering across the fields down near Avenue Tower. They have not been the only species of mam...

Wonderful wildfowl
05 Oct 2020

Wonderful wildfowl

Wildfowl are now flocking to the reserve, with numbers increasing daily.Up to 7 Whooper Swans have been seen on the Whooper Pond, although they do feed elsewhere too so it's the luck of the draw if they are here during your visit.The Barnacle Geese, up to...

First Whoopers!
26 Sep 2020

First Whoopers!

The first Whooper Swans of the season have returned to Caerlaverock!! So far only in small numbers with 6 birds having been observed. No sign of any leg rings yet to identify them though two of the birds seem quite settled on the Whooper Pond and appear ...

Splendid Saltcot
25 Sep 2020

Splendid Saltcot

Unfortunately it would appear that the Common Cranes that dropped in for a visit yesterday have now decided to continue on with their journey. Saltcot Merse Observatory is still providing some excellent viewing opportunities though with a distant Peregri...

Cranes, Egret & Geese!
24 Sep 2020

Cranes, Egret & Geese!

9 Common Cranes are currently on the mud, visible from the Avenue Tower and Saltcot Merse Observatory.A Great Egret is still on the merse along with over 2000 Pink-footed Geese which were arriving yesterday.The Pasture Pathway, Meadow and River Walks are ...

Swans a-swimming
19 Sep 2020

Swans a-swimming

Some of the local population of Mute Swans have now started joining us at the Whooper Pond. We have been up to 19 out there but only 3 this morning. It will be a couple of weeks yet potentially before we start seeing the arrival of any Whooper Swans bac...

Sunny Sedum Attracts the Butterflies
18 Sep 2020

Sunny Sedum Attracts the Butterflies

The good weather recently has really drawn in the late flying butterflies such as Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell into the Wildlife Garden. Not only is the Sedum (recently renamed as Hylotelephium and otherwise known as Iceplant) proving a valuable l...

Barnies are Back!
17 Sep 2020

Barnies are Back!

The first Barnacle Geese of the Autumn were heard yesterday flying over Caerlaverock! This is the joint earliest date for them to be returning back. This morning 21 of them were feeding out on the Merse to the west of the reserve, mixed in with the cows...

Great Spotted Woodpecker Versus Sparrowhawk
12 Sep 2020

Great Spotted Woodpecker Versus Sparrowhawk

The Great Spotted Woodpeckers have been making more of an appearance around the reserve than we usually see of them. There was nearly one less this morning down the Saltcot Loaning, as a lurking Sparrowhawk erupted out of the undergrowth to make a lunge ...

Pink feet begin arriving
11 Sep 2020

Pink feet begin arriving

The sound of Winter is beginning to return to Caerlaverock with skeins of Pink-footed Geese passing overhead yesterday and this morning. A group of 50 birds looked like it was heading down onto the Merse so do have a scan from Saltcot Merse Observatory a...

Reed Buntings in the Hedgerows
10 Sep 2020

Reed Buntings in the Hedgerows

It has been a good morning for Reed Bunting spotting, with activity in the Hedgerows down to the Saltcot Merse Observatory. They also favour the Willow tree in the sheep paddock next to the Observatory with a mix of males, females and juvenile birds obse...