CROOK OF BALDOON
Breeding waders and winter geese at a new reserve
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.