Breed­ing waders and win­ter geese at a new re­serve

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

MOST PEO­PLE THINK Gal­loway is some­what out on a limb where bird­ing is con­cerned but, with in­creas­ing re­serves and nat­u­ral habi­tats, the area is well worth a visit. The re­serve is suit­able for all sea­sons with geese and Whooper Swans be­ing the at­trac­tion in win­ter, breed­ing waders make spring and sum­mer and pas­sage waders are a good bet in au­tumn. The main geese are Bar­na­cle and Pink-footed with pale-bel­lied Brents close by at Gar­lieston. Euro­pean White-fronted have been found among the geese and more species are bound to be added in fu­ture. Breed­ing waders in­clude Red­shank, Lap­wing, Oys­ter­catcher and Curlew. The es­tu­ary sees large num­bers of Golden Plover, Dun­lin and Knot us­ing the site. Both Glau­cous and Ice­land Gulls have been found among the com­moner gulls, such as Her­ring, Lesser Black­backed, Com­mon and Black-headed. Bit­tern and Glossy Ibis have vis­ited, with Lit­tle Egrets (right) monthly.


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