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Blackcaps are loving the elderberries

Posted on 06 Oct 2019

Please be aware, the B725 is closed at Brow Well bridge. If you are visiting from the Carlisle/Annan direction you have to come via Dumfries. The bridge has suffered severe damage due to recent flooding and may be closed for a significant amount of time.

It was lovely to see Blackcaps feeding on elderberries from the Back Pond hide this morning. Several raptors were seen from the Avenue Tower; a male Peregrine and a female Sparrowhawk were making the nearby Teal jumpy! Plenty of Tufted Duck and Shovelers are present on site and Black-tailed Godwit can be seen on the Folly Pond.

And of course the surrounding fields are still absolutely filled with Barnacle geese!

High Tide: 18:59, 7.5m

Opening times:
10am - 5pm every day except Christmas Day

Photo credits: Alex Hillier

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Mute Swan 26
Canada Goose 1
Mallard 11
Wigeon 3
Tufted Duck 2
Cormorant 1
Moorhen 3
Teal 1

Folly Pond
Teal 650
Wigeon 2
Shoveler 44
Mallard 20
Black-tailed Godwit 5

Teal Pond
Mallard 26
Gadwall 10
Moorhen 4
Teal 3

Corner Field
Wigeon 17
Gadwall 1
Teal 7
Mallard 48
Moorhen 1

Avenue Tower
Peregrine Falcon
Moorhen
Mallard
Wigeon
Gadwall
Grey Heron
Little Grebe
Little Egret
Shoveler
Mute Swan
Golden Plover
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory

Mute Swan
Barnacle Geese
Pink-footed Geese
Shelduck
Pintail
Dunlin
Lapwing
Oystercatcher
Curlew
Little Egret
Linnet
Hebridean Sheep 12

Avenues & Feeders
(notable species)
Blackcap
Reed Bunting
Sparrowhawk
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Robin
Blackbird
Chaffinch
Long-tailed Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Song Thrush
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Goldcrest

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