Invitation to Tender Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Christmas Opening Times Monday, December 14, 2015
East Lomond Car Park Closure Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Pathhead Sands Re-Opens to Vehicles Thursday, December 3, 2015
Pilgrim Way Development Phase Launch Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Eden Estuary News December 2015 Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Scottish Thistle Awards Friday, November 13, 2015
Tentsmuir Tree Felling Friday, November 13, 2015
Newburgh Arch Now Open! Friday, November 13, 2015
Eden Estuary News Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Scottish Thistle Awards 2015 Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Loo of the Year 2015 Monday, October 19, 2015
Eden Estuary Newsletter October 2015 Monday, October 5, 2015
Pathhead Sands Friday, October 2, 2015
First steps on Pilgrim Way Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Lochore Meadows Open Weekend Success Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Glen Vale Path Works Monday, September 21, 2015
Calais Muir Improvement Works Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Eden Estuary Newsletter Monday, July 6, 2015
Lochore Meadows Events Monday, June 29, 2015
Fife Show Sunday, June 7, 2015
Seaside Awards 2015 Tuesday, June 2, 2015
4th Annual Elie Scarecrow Festival Monday, April 27, 2015
A New Path for Balcurvie Monday, April 27, 2015
Lochore Meadows six-month update Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Eden Estuary News

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Welcome to the Eden News for November.

The reserve is busy with life just now and the skies full of passing geese. The weather has been very mild and there have been some stunning Autumnal days. Some good records and no sign yet of deep winter, a good time to visit.
Here are October’s highlights;
Geese: Multiple Groups of Pinkfeet overflying during the day. Around 3000 pinks on 27th. A nice record of up to 1000 Barnacle geese roosting in the outer estuary early in the month with 704 counted on 16th. Not unusual species at this time but rarely in those numbers. 7 LB brent on 16th also.

A flock of 45 Linnet and 9 Twite on 20th, and 3 Stonechat on 21st.

WeBS (Estuary Count): The estuary is busy 2 Slavonian grebe, 241 Shelduck, 131 Wigeon, 9 RB Merganser and 22 Common scoter were wildfowl noted, 63 Cormorants which was a good count. 1132 Oystercatcher, 247 Golden plover, 112 Grey plover, 211 Lapwing, 95 Sanderling, 60 Knot, 105 Bartailed godwit, only 30 Black tailed godwit, 890 Redshank and 3 Greenshank noted. 704 Barnacle, 3 White taled eagle, 4 Ruff, 1 Little egret and 2 Shag’s gave a pretty good mix.

Kincaple Path: A nice winter mix of 5 Goldfinch chased by a Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Song thrush and 1 Redwing on an Autumnal morning. Lovely.

Eden Centre: Sightings are great this month. 2 Little grebes back from 22nd. 3 Slavonian grebe on 15th/. 2 Little egrets around since 26th. 4 Whooper swan recorded on 15th. 250 Teal on 22nd. 5 Tufted duck on 12th. 2 Goldeneye on 9th. 5 Goosander on 19th. A nice spot of Merlin on 29th always good to see. 70 Black tailed godwit on 25th. 1000 Redshank recorded on 22nd. 500 lapwing on 12th.

A single Kingfisher occasionally throughout the month. Single Rock pipit on 15th with an unconfirmed reports of Tree pipit and Green sandpiper on 16th. 2 Ravens on 14th.

Sea eagle sightings have gone up noticeably with birds present on 12 out of 31 days. 3 birds present on 8th and 31st.

Up at the feeders its business as usual with up to 8 Tree sparrow, daily Greater Spotted woodpecker visits and plenty of tits and greenfinch.

Bird of the Month

Barnacle Goose
A neat and distinctive social goose often appearing on passage around this time. Main populations winter on the west coast and Ireland and have travelled from Svalbard, Greenland and Northern Russia. Recent stunning BBC footage of the goslings ‘nest jumps’ from their high cliff breeding sites brought this species into our homes. With up to 1000 present in early October and 704 counted on 16th they were very noticeable especially when travelling between roost and feeding, done in short hopping flights across the fields.
The reserve Peak count was 1500 in October 1994, so not quite that number this year. A lovely and welcome record nonetheless.

Other Information:
• Eden Centre Winter Opening times now in operation: 9am-4pm.
• Please ensure all doors, windows and heaters are closed and off.

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