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Posted on 15 Jan 2020

It has been good weather for the waders recently with all the heavy rains. Small flocks of Golden Plover were bombing around the Merse, as seen from Saltcot Merse Observatory, this morning. Looking lovely when the sun broke through the clouds to shine on them. The water levels have receded slightly from when the tides breached onto the Merse at the weekend. It is another high tide forecast for this afternoon and we again have strong south-westerly winds. Oystercatchers, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits are taking shelter on Folly Pond, although they were slightly flustered by the presence of a fox ambling past. The otter family was seen again yesterday on Whooper Pond but not so far today.

If you are visiting please bear in mind that we have had a significant amount of rainfall in the past week so please wear appropriate footwear..

Here is the current update on named Whooper Swan sightings:

NAME

DARVIC

DATE

Bernard

Orange XLJ

02/10/19

Obi-Swan-Kanobi

Orange YFS

12/10/19

Margaret Ruth

Orange YTC

17/10/19

Butterbur

Yellow ZHF

18/10/19

Aspen

Yellow ZJH

20/10/19

Hendrik

Yellow ZJS

20/10/19

Wowsie

Orange YHV

20/10/19

Sheldon Whooper

Orange YSJ

21/10/19

Solway Siren

Orange XKU

22/10/19

Brooklyn Belle

Yellow ZVX

22/10/19

Hagar

Yellow ZLZ

23/10/19

Elsie Barbara

Red APR

23/10/19

Eric Anthony

Orange YFB

23/10/19

Magnus

Orange YFU

26/10/19

Eilidh Louise

Yellow ZVT

26/10/19

Kate Two

Yellow ZHJ

27/10/19

George

Yellow ZNA

27/10/19

Ava-Grace

Yellow ZVC

27/10/19

Snoopy

Yellow ZJZ

31/10/19

Andy

Yellow Z5N

2/11/19

Blessing

Yellow ZJB

2/11/19

Rooby

Yellow Z6L

2/11/19

Bowie

Yellow Z7S

2/11/19

Atty

Lost darvic

2/11/19

Mary

Yellow ZXP

3/11/19

Countess of Boulogne

Orange YSK

3/11/19

Stephen

Orange YRS

3/11/19

Renfrew

Lost darvic8/11/19

Donald Ivan

Orange XLD13/11/19
Paisley

Lost darvic17/11/19
Archie

Yellow ZJY17/11/19
Annabel

Orange ZJA13/11/19 - in a field locally
TJ Whooper

Yellow ZLJ21/11/19
Whoopy

Yellow ZHL21/11/19

McMurdoston

Yellow ZLD30/11/19
Odette

Orange YTF30/11/19
Silje

Yellow ZJL30/11/19
Lady Ela

Orange YHH01/12/19
Charners

Yellow Z7G24/12/19
Lucky Linda

Orange YRG26/12/19

High Tide: 15:33, 9.4m

Photo Credit: Alex Hillier

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

Around the reserve:

Whooper Swans: 80+

Barnacle Geese: 6000+

Whooper Pond
Otter - mother and two cubs
Whooper Swan
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Mallard
Wigeon
Tufted Duck
Teal
Moorhen

Folly Pond
Teal
Wigeon
Shoveler
Mallard
Tufted Duck
Canada Goose
Black-tailed Godwit
Redshank
Snipe
Moorhen

Teal Pond
Mallard
Wigeon
Teal
Gadwall
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
Yellowhammer
Sparrowhawk
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Robin
Blackbird
Chaffinch
Long-tailed Tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Song Thrush
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Goldcrest
Bullfinch
Siskin

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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