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Oystercatchers Prospecting

Posted on 14 Mar 2019

Our nesting raft on the Folly Pond has drawn some interest from a pair of Oystercatcher, although, as in previous years, they have some competition from the Mallards. The flooded pasture is proving a real draw with mobile flocks of Golden Plover and Lapwing utilising the fields around the reserve. A count of 720 Golden Plover was recorded in the area behind the Folly Pond on Tuesday afternoon. Redshank numbers have dropped down and the Spotted Redshank has not been spotted for nearly a week. The Green-winged Teal remains on the Folly Pond.

Photo credit: Alex Hillier

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

Named Whooper Swan arrivals:

YHS - Solway Siren
Lost Darvic - Hagar
YJL - Linda H
YSJ - Sheldon Whooper
ZVY - Orchid
YFS - Obi Swan Kenobi
Lost Darvic - Princess Layer
XLN - Gylfi
YFU - Magnus
YHV- Wowsie (+ 1 cygnet)
ZXJ - Ruth C (+ 4 cygnets)
Z6L - Rooby & Z7S - Bowie (+ 2 cygnets)
Z5N - Andy
YFB - Eric Anthony
YTC - Margaret Ruth
Z9F - Hendrik
APR - Elsie Barbara
YRG - Lucky Linda
ZJA - Annabel
YRS - Stephen
YSK - Countess of Boulogne
YFF - Solway Annie
ZXP - Mary
ZGT - Butterbur
YRN - Douglas Flintoff
YSF - Topsy
Lost darvic - Kate Two
Lost darvic - New York Lady
Lost darvic - Atty
Lost darvic - Renfrew
Lost darvic - Paisley
Lost darvic - Aspen
APC - George
YFP - Bekah Jo (+ 3 cygnets)
YHH - Lady Ela (+ 1 cygnet)
XKA - Eleanor
Z6R - Archie
YPH - McMurdoston
YTF - Odette
YPV - McNoo
ZKZ - Hector
Lost Darvic - Snoopy
YRH - Rufus
Lost Darvic - Silje
Lost Darvic - Blackbill Cupcake
Lost Darvic - Suzanne
Lost Darvic - T. J. Whooper
Lost Darvic - Whoopie
ZVA - Bonsai
ZFJ - Beryl

Around the reserve:

Whooper Pond
Whooper Swan 147
Mute Swan 43
Canada Geese 11
Mallard 69
Tufted Duck 32
Greater Scaup 1
Teal 20
Wigeon 102
Moorhen 4
Pintail 1
Oystercatcher 1
Cormorant 1

Folly Pond
Teal 103
Green-winged Teal 1 male
Wigeon 122
Shoveler 14
Mallard 5
Oystercatcher 2
Redshank 24
Shelduck 2
Moorhen 2
Lapwing 16


Teal Pond
Teal 6
Mallard 2
Wigeon 4
Mute Swan 2

Avenue Tower
Mallard
Teal
Shoveler
Wigeon
Gadwall
Pintail
Curlew
Lapwing
Golden Plover
Dunlin
Mute Swan
Whooper Swan
Barnacle Geese
Longhorn Cattle 2

Saltcot Merse Observatory
Pink-footed Geese
Barnacle Geese
Greylag Geese
Canada Geese
Peregrine
Merlin
Hen Harrier
Buzzard
Mute Swan
Shelduck
Mallard
Lapwing
Oystercatcher
Curlew
Little Egret
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Hebridean Sheep 12

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

Webcam

The winter webcam is now showing the Whooper Pond during the day and the badger feeding area from 5pm onwards.

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