Reserve sightings

 

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(c) Scottish Wildlife Trust – Goose Breakfast

This morning we had our first People’s Postcode Lottery Goose Breakfast of the season.  It was a glorious morning with a beautiful sunrise and a warm 13 degrees Celsius.  Our visitor’s were treated to excellent sightings of the Pink-footed Geese taking off from the mud.  Soaring around in front of them and then settling back down again.  Clearly the Geese were not in a hurry to get their breakfast this morning.

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(C) Scottish Wildlife Trust – Pink-footed Goose

The Pink-footed Geese numbers now stand at more than 11,000.  Friday’s dawn count of 11,328 does look as though it may have increased further over the past few days.

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(C) Scottish Wildlife Trust – Pink-footed Geese in flight.

Over the past week we have seen the numbers of Golden Plover drop slightly from 60 to 37.  The male Kingfisher is still making it’s daily appearance and the female Kingfisher was sighted on Friday as well.

The Eider ducks continue to be seen daily in good numbers, as does the Redshank and Mute Swans.  We have also been visited several times this week by the Stoat, which is very exciting.

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Curlew Sandpiper (Courtesy of BTO – JHarding)

On Monday there was also a bit of excitement at Tayock, where a Curlew Sandpiper was spotted by one of our dedicated volunteers.   Every Autumn Curlew Sandpiper’s make their migration from their breeding grounds in the Arctic down to their wintering grounds in Africa.  A journey of over 12,000 km.  What an astonishing little bird!

 

 

 

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  This morning we had our first People’s Postcode Lottery Goose Breakfast of the season.  It was a glorious morning with a beautiful sunrise and a warm 13 degrees Celsius. …

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