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Little Egret around

Posted on 10 Oct 2019

Good numbers of Little Egret have been spotted around the Reserve this week, with a max count of 19. There are currently five next to the seasonal pool in the Saltcot Field. The Great Egret is still making an appearance at times. Mostly seen on the Western Merses from Saltcot Observatory, as it was yesterday. Good mix of duck species, especially on Teal Pond this morning with Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard and Teal all there. Two Little Grebe mixed in with the ducks down on Flood Ground. Still nice flocks of Barnies out in the fields....and still one Whooper on the Pond!

High Tide: 11:23, 8.1m

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.

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

Photo credits: Alex Hillier

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 1
Mute Swan 31
Canada Goose 9
Mallard 47
Moorhen 2
Wigeon 5
Teal 4

Folly Pond
Teal 600+
Wigeon 200+
Shoveler 40
Mallard 20

Teal Pond
Mallard 39
Gadwall 13
Wigeon 11
Teal 4
Moorhen 2

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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