With the significant rainfall wellies are highly recommended for anyone visiting the site at the moment.
We are doing our best to pump and put out duckboards to help with access but there is only so much we can do.

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A damp Sparrowhawk

Posted on 13 Feb 2020

Once again, the wet weather means that wellies are recommended when visiting. Some paths are accessible in shoes, most in boots but to get around the whole site, wellies would be best.

This rather damp Sparrowhawk was a nice surprise in front of the Scottish Water Hide this morning.

Plenty of wildfowl are still using the site, Whooper Swan numbers continue to change with new arrivals almost daily. They are likely coming up from Norfolk as they begin their migration back to Iceland for the spring.

Over 4000 Barnacle Geese are regularly around the site each day, we've had no sign of the Richardson's Cackling Goose for over a week.

Big flocks of Lapwing, Golden Plover, Curlew and Redshank have been making the most of the flooded fields. These conditions are ideal for them.

One of the Otter cubs was playing in the Whooper Pond at the 2pm swan feed yesterday, coming very close to the wheelbarrow during the feed!

If you're looking for something special to do on Mother's Day, why not join us for the unique experience of our Commentated Swan Feed and delicious Afternoon Tea. Booking is essential, call our centre for more details on 01387 770200


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
Suzanne

Lost darvic24/01/20
Charlie

Lost darvic24/01/20

High Tide: 15:03, 9.8m

Photo Credit: Joe Bilous

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

Around the reserve:

Whooper Swans: 100+

Barnacle Geese: 4000+

Whooper Pond
Otter cub
Whooper Swan
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Greylag Goose
Mallard
Wigeon
Tufted Duck
Teal
Moorhen

Folly Pond
Teal
Wigeon
Shoveler
Mallard
Tufted Duck
Pintail
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)

Water Rail
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

Unfortunately Storm Ciara knocked out our network so we are unable to show the webcams on the website until it is restored.

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