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Long-tailed Tit Flocks

Posted on 09 Oct 2019

Lovely flocks of Long-tailed Tits are evident around the reserve at the moment, both down the Avenue and Loaning. Listen out for their distinctive call as a means to locate them. Whooper swan numbers are fluctuating quite a bit with one on the pond first thing but another seven observed flying in. They have numbered 42 in the surrounding area but it looks like some of these birds have continued their journey southwards. We await the family groups arriving. Barnie numbers utilising the reserve remain good with them especially liking the Corner field currently.

High Tide: 10:35, 7.6m

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: Lorraine Hall

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 1
Mute Swan 47
Canada Goose 9
Mallard 53
Wigeon 9
Moorhen 2
Teal 4

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

Teal Pond
Mallard 37
Gadwall 6
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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