Su­perb waders on the edge of the Sol­way Firth

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - JOHN MILES

CAMPFIELD IS NAMED af­ter a Ro­man mil­i­tary camp, near the end of Hadrian’s Wall, which fin­ishes at Bow­ness on Sol­way. The re­serve has been run­ning for more than 25 years and was ac­quired by the RSPB mainly to pro­tect one of the In­ner Sol­way‘s largest wader roosts. Ex­ten­sions have added a chunk of Bow­ness Com­mon and Roger­sceugh Farm. Like most RSPB re­serves, there’s some­thing to see all-year-round, with breed­ing waders mak­ing a sum­mer visit worth­while, while thou­sands of geese use the area in win­ter. Both Bar-tailed and Black­tailed God­wits use the roost along with Grey Plover, Red­shank, Dun­lin, Knot, and a rare sight in win­ter 2015-16 was an Avo­cet! The Scrape has had a few good­ies, no­tably a Stilt Sand­piper, along with feed­ing Wi­geon and Teal. The Sol­way’s Bar­na­cle Geese num­bers have in­creased from 600 birds to 42,000. Pink-footed Goose is also present in au­tumn, with sev­eral thou­sand us­ing the fields around the re­serve once the shoot­ing sea­son has fin­ished. A win­ter high­light has been Hen Har­ri­ers com­ing to feed on finches in the crop­ping around the re­serve. Win­ter sees good num­bers of Mer­lin as well, with Pere­grines com­ing off the Sol­way. Other no­table records in­clude Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck and Red-backed Shrike.



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