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Teal are here
22 Aug 2019

Teal are here

The ponds are filling with ducks, with both the Folly Pond and Flood Ground particularly good for Teal, Mallard and Shoveler.Black-tailed Godwits, Lapwing and Snipe are feeding around the edges, with House Martins and Swallows over the surface of the wate...

Autumn days
21 Aug 2019

Autumn days

A windy start to the day, with rain expected later.Duck and wader numbers are increasing slowly with more Teal and Shoveler around. Pintail are expected any day now.Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit and Snipe can be seen around the Folly Pond and Flood Ground...

Good Weather for Ducks!
17 Aug 2019

Good Weather for Ducks!

Well the weather really has thrown everything at us this week, though it is good that the forecast hail did not materialise in the end! We have closed the River Walk section of our Summer walk due to flooding and high tides. Please also bear in mind that...

It's a Wader Day
08 Aug 2019

It's a Wader Day

There are two Green Sandpipers and a Ruff on Folly Pond this morning. They are joined on the pool by Snipe, Lapwing, a Black-tailed Godwit and a juvenile Shelduck. If you look closely in the photo of the Folly Pond taken this morning from the Scottish W...

A Charm of Goldfinches
07 Aug 2019

A Charm of Goldfinches

With the Thistles now going to seed there are large flocks of Goldfinches around the reserve making use of this bounty. Up to twenty were seen down the Saltcot Loaning this morning. Another good spot to keep an eye out is along the Meadow and River Walk...

Green Sandpiper and Swallows
03 Aug 2019

Green Sandpiper and Swallows

A Green Sandpiper is still on the reserve having been chased off the Whooper Pond by Swallows first thing this morning. It could be on the Back Pond or Folly Pond now. Plenty of Snipe also on the Folly Pond with at least 8 in front of the Scottish Water H...

Marsh Harrier
31 Jul 2019

Marsh Harrier

A female Marsh Harrier has been seen over the merse from Saltcot Merse Observatory this morning and at 16:30 yesterday it was flying over the Peter Scott Observatory.A Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper were on the Folly Pond yesterday and could still b...

Snipe on Folly Pond
27 Jul 2019

Snipe on Folly Pond

Good views of Snipe on Folly Pond with a max count of 9 individuals. Obviously they are enjoying the rainy spell! The Green Sandpiper was back on the Whooper Pond briefly so it too is worth keeping your eyes peeled for that. The first of the Swallow br...

Tree Sparrow Nesting
26 Jul 2019

Tree Sparrow Nesting

After the disappointment earlier in the summer when the nestbox down the Avenue we thought had Tree Sparrows in turned out to have Great Tits, we have now discovered this week that the Tree Sparrows have successfully raised a brood in another box up towar...

Little Egret Making an Appearance
17 Jul 2019

Little Egret Making an Appearance

We had three Little Egret fishing around Whopper Pond this morning. They were joined there by the Little Ringed Plover, and demonstrating that Autumn migration for waders is truly commencing, a flypast by 16 Curlews. Flocks of Linnet are being seen more...

Autumn wader migration underway
12 Jul 2019

Autumn wader migration underway

Waders are already starting their Autumn migration, using WWT Caerlaverock as a stopping point on their journeys.Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit have been on the reserve this week, along with a number of Com...

Little Ringed Plover
10 Jul 2019

Little Ringed Plover

The past couple of days have seen the appearance of a Little Ringed Plover on the Reserve. Yesterday on Folly Pond, today on a small sand bank on the left hand side of Whopper Pond. It is rather flighty and got disturbed early on by a Roe Deer munching ...

Insects everywhere!
06 Jul 2019

Insects everywhere!

With the sun shining and a light breeze, it's the perfect day to see insects on the reserve.The meadow and Summer Walk are particularly good at the moment with plenty of butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies to see amongst the wild flowers.High Tide: 15:5...

Kingfisher Sighted
04 Jul 2019

Kingfisher Sighted

The past couple of days have seen occasional sightings of a Kingfisher around the reserve, Back Pond and Teal Pond being the places to watch. It has been rather infrequent but do keep your eyes peeled if visiting. The Folly Pond is looking great for any...

Green Sandpiper & Black-tailed Godwits - Wader passage has begun!
29 Jun 2019

Green Sandpiper & Black-tailed Godwits - Wader passage has begun!

It seems Autumn wader passage has begun already with the first Black-tailed Godwits on the Folly Pond and a Green Sandpiper on the Whooper Pond first thing this morning. It flew, so could be on the Folly Pond or Flood Ground now.Plenty of butterflies out ...

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