The following sightings were recorded today from the reserve at Castle Espie at Low Tide. There is a nice mix of summer and autumn activity on the reserve with the birds like the tern and swallow still active on the nest while at the same time we are seeing the start of the wintering birds such as Curlew and Teal arriving.
Estuary - visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory
Oystercatcher 1, Curlew 1, Black-headed gull 14, Lesser black-backed gull 1, Little egret 1, Black-tailed godwit 2, Herring gull 1
Main lake - visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre
Mallard 147, Graylag goose 5, Tufted 9, Black-headed gull 2, Coot 2, Little grebe 2, Swallow 1, House martin 1
Shingle Bank - visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre
Mallard 45, Black-headed gull 2
Wadermarsh - visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide
Teal 1, Mallard 4, Black-headed gull 8, Coot 1, Graylag goose 2, Oystercatcher 2, Swallow 4
Freshwater Lagoon - visible from Brent Hide and Crannog
Teal 5, Lesser black-backed gull 1, Black-tailed godwit 1, Mallard 5
Saline Lagoon - visible from Limekiln observatory
Little grebe 2, Common tern 3 (chick on raft)
Blackbird, Wren, Magpie, Robin, Chaffinch, Great tit, Wood pigeon, Goldfinch
We have also had a few spot of common darter and common hawker, particularly in the Swamp area.