Eden Estuary News November 2016
Welcome to the Eden Estuary news for November.
November 1st brought with it the first proper cold morning, October has been a lovely Autumnal and mild affair. Very little wind or rain for the most part and some great sunshine. However, Winter is close and many related species are showing up in the birds records around Fife and beyond. Some nice records this month, here is October’s highlights:
Geese: Pinkfooted numbers are slowly increasing with around 350 regularly roosting and 1300 on 18th. 42 Greylag were on the mud on 24th. Our stop over Barnacle geese reached 300 on 18th and Brent (LB) have been noted at 30 on 27th.
Outhead: It’s been all change offshore with seaduck replacing Tern and Gannet in numbers. On land 4 Stonechat on 14th and 8 Skylark on 28th. 12 Turnstone on West Sands on 14th and many more along the coast south of St Andrews, lovely.
WeBS (Estuary Count) 17th: Numbers increasing now. A good count of 461 Shelduck and 210 Wigeon. 81 Mallard and 65 Teal and 100 Eider weren’t bad but only 1 Pintail noted. 7 Long tailed duck, 4 Scaup and 2 Little grebe highlight the change in season. Wader numbers are growing however high tides at count time pin back numbers with 696 Oystercatcher, 270 Golden plover, 147 Redshank and 21 Greenshank.
Goosepools: Pretty quiet out here on 24th with 12 Skylark, 25 Sanderling, 40 Common Scoter offshore and 3 Goldcrest in the trees.
River Eden: A lovely encounter with the Kingfisher on 29th along with 14 Long tailed Tits and watching over them a nice female Sparrowhawk.
Sea eagle: A less conspicuous month with a single bird present 7 days out of 31.
Eden Centre: 2 Little Grebe showing up on 23rd. Little Egret present beginning and end of the month with 2 on 29th. A splendid Great White Egret recorded and photographed on 17th. A nice spot of 11 Whooper Swan on 28th. 6 Pintail on 13th. Goosander still noted with 5 on 29th. A lovely single Merlin on 15th. Black tailed Godwit numbers are slow with 46 on 28th. Peregrine and Kingfisher are showing up occasionally although no records yet of the likes of Fieldfare and Redwing, they are here though.
The feeders and around are getting busier with Greenfinch, Tree Sparrow, Long tailed Tit and Siskin showing up. The young crows who bred at the centre park are still medling with the feeders but they will lose interest soon, hopefully.
Bird of the Month
Great White Egret
This large member of the Heron family looks like a huge Little Egret, White, with yellow bill and black feet similar size to a Grey Heron and with a similar style of hunting. Around 35 birds winter in the UK and a scarce bird which can turn up just about anywhere. First Fife record was on the Eden Estuary on 6th June 1998. A single bird was recorded from Eden Centre on 17th October. A very fine record and who knows, one we may see more regular in future.
Winter Opening Hours 9am-4pm (Nov-Mar)
Heaters: Please help us and the planet and ensure heaters are off when leaving the centre.
Please note the windows are due for a service, please be gentle with them.
Eden River Volunteers: The wooden bridge over the Kincaple burn was renewed and a new bench was installed on the River reedbed area. Thanks to 15 volunteers who did a great job and were rewarded with sunshine and lovely soup. A nice day out. Thanks.
Volunteer Day: Come along on Nov 17th 10am-1pm for a session of sand dune restoration at West Sands. Bit of Tree Lupin removal and a wee beach clean. If interested contact ranger.
Bird Records: Please assist with the reserve management and put all the birds you observed in the log book provided. Feel free to email records to the ranger also. Thank you.
Donations: Aye...please note we aim to make a difference out there on the reserve and you can help, donate some time volunteering or donate some bird feed, or good old funds. The reserve has managed to get a good few things done this year thanks to your help, please donate if you can. It is always worth it and always appreciated. Thanks!
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