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Flying cygnets

Posted on 26 Oct 2019

The road is closed at the Brow Well bridge near Ruthwell. If you are travelling to WWT Caerlaverock from the Annan or Carlisle direction you must come via Dumfries. Follow signs for the Crichton and then WWT Caerlaverock.

Our Mute Swan family is finally flying, the two cygnets and their parents have been taking to the skies around the reserve this morning. Hopefully they will join us for the feeds on the Whooper Pond soon.

There are Whooper Swans on the Whooper Pond at 09:30 this morning and they will hopefully stay for the 11:00 feed.

Named Whooper Swans that have returned can be found below:

Hendrik (Yellow ZJS)
Bernard (Orange XLJ)
Obi-Swan-Kenobi (Orange YFS)
Princess Layer (missing ring)
Sheldon Whooper (Orange YST)
Margaret Ruth (Orange YTC)
Aspen (Yellow ZJH)
Wowsie (Orange YHV)
Solway Siren (Orange XKU)
Brooklyn Belle (Yellow ZVX)
Hagar (Yellow ZLZ)
Butterbur (Yellow ZHF)
Elsie Barbara (Red APR)
Eric Anthony (Orange YFB)
Magnus (Orange YFU)
Eilidh Louise (Yellow ZVT)

Photo credit: Alex Hillier

High Tide: 11:35, 9.3m

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

Around the reserve:

Whooper Swans: up to 93

Barnacle Geese: up to 12,000

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 35
Mute Swan 45
Canada Goose 10
Mallard 120
Wigeon 40
Tufted Duck 30
Teal 5
Moorhen 2

Folly Pond
Whooper Swan
Teal
Wigeon
Shoveler
Mallard
Tufted Duck
Canada Goose
Greylag Goose
Black-tailed Godwit
Snipe
Lapwing
Moorhen

Teal Pond
Mallard
Gadwall
Wigeon
Teal
Moorhen

Avenue Tower
Peregrine Falcon
Redwing
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)

Redwing
Fieldfare
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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