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Recent Sightings - 12th April 2021
13 Apr 2021

Recent Sightings - 12th April 2021

The following sightings were taken on Monday from the reserve at Castle Espie on a rising tide. The cold snap seems to have put a pause on many of the birds that would usually be busy nest building at this time of year, but a hint of the sounds of summer...

Recent Sightings - 5th April 2021
05 Apr 2021

Recent Sightings - 5th April 2021

Northerly winds have made this a very cold and blustery day here at Castle Epsie. We have even had a small flurry of snow! Many birds have taken up shelter in our habitats: the Black-tailed Godwit, Knot and Redshank roosting flocks moved, predominately, t...

Recent Sightings - 29th March 2021
31 Mar 2021

Recent Sightings - 29th March 2021

The following sightings were taken on Monday from the reserve at Castle Espie on a low tide. Nest building has begun and is evident from many birds on the reserve including Blue tits using some of the many nest boxes, Jackdaws building in the old chimney...

Recent Sightings - 22nd March 2021
23 Mar 2021

Recent Sightings - 22nd March 2021

The following sightings were taken on Monday from the reserve at Castle Espie on a low tide. Song thrush is in full voice at various points around the reserve, and along with the appearance of primrose and frog spawn, it is a definite sign that the natur...

Recent Sightings - 15th March 2021
16 Mar 2021

Recent Sightings - 15th March 2021

The following sightings were taken on Monday from the reserve at Castle Espie at low tide. This week has seen an increase in Black-headed gulls on site, as they build on their breeding grounds. Within the flock there is an occasional Mediterranean gull ...

Recent Sightings - 8th March 2021
09 Mar 2021

Recent Sightings - 8th March 2021

The following sightings were taken on Monday from the reserve at Castle Espie at high tide. The past week has seen the return of the Black-tailed godwit to the reserve at Castle Espie. These birds prefer the Wadermarsh and Shingle bank habitats during t...

Recent Sightings - 1st March 2021
02 Mar 2021

Recent Sightings - 1st March 2021

The following sightings were taken on Monday from the reserve at Castle Espie on a rising tide. Spring has definitely arrived with the return of Black-headed gulls in numbers to the site. This red list species has successfully bred and increased in numb...

Recent Sightings - 22nd February 2021
23 Feb 2021

Recent Sightings - 22nd February 2021

The following sightings were taken on Monday from the reserve at Castle Espie on a high tide. The lengthening days and occasional sunshine have spurred the birds into spring mode and many are singing, establishing territories and seeking mates. Teal and...

Recent Sightings - 14th February 2021
16 Feb 2021

Recent Sightings - 14th February 2021

The following sightings were taken on Sunday from the reserve at Castle Espie on a rising tide. The stormy weather continues to blow the birds around, and many unable to settle on their usual spots at high tide. Numerous birds have taken refuge at high ...

Recent Sightings - 7th February 2021
09 Feb 2021

Recent Sightings - 7th February 2021

The following sightings were taken on Sunday from the reserve at Castle Espie on a receding tide. A bracing easterly wind has forced the birds to seek shelter on the islands and rocky outcrops, and they have been fully utilizing the shelter afforded by t...

Recent Sightings - 31th January 2021
02 Feb 2021

Recent Sightings - 31th January 2021

The following sightings were taken on Sunday from the reserve at Castle Espie at low tide. We have seen high levels of precipitation, and coupled with high tides have resulted in some birds moving to new areas to shelter and roost. Waders are very sensi...

Recent Sightings - 25th January 2021
26 Jan 2021

Recent Sightings - 25th January 2021

The following sightings were taken on Monday from the reserve at Castle Espie at high tide. Gadwall is a frequent winter visitor to Castle Espie and there were 61 birds spotted this week on the Main lake. Although they are not a very common duck to thes...

Recent Sightings - 18th January 2021
19 Jan 2021

Recent Sightings - 18th January 2021

The following sightings were taken on Monday from the reserve at Castle Espie at low tide. A pair of shoveler were spotted on the Freshwater lagoon. This duck is mainly a winter visitor and now breeds in only small numbers, having experienced a massive ...

Recent Sightings - 11th January 2021
12 Jan 2021

Recent Sightings - 11th January 2021

The following sightings were taken on Monday from the reserve at Castle Espie on a rising tide. The Wadermarsh continues to comprise both Redshank and Greenshank as they feed along the mud around the edge of the islands. Although we see an influx of over...

Recent Sightings - 4th January 2021
05 Jan 2021

Recent Sightings - 4th January 2021

The following sightings were taken on Monday from the reserve at Castle Espie on a low tide. A nice start to the new year with the Scaup joined by another female on the Saline lagoon, and both birds have been regularly seen fishing together. The water r...