2nd January 2011 – Beautiful Bewick’s…

A Bewick’s Swan has been an unusual visitor on the Scottish side of the Solway at Caerlaverock WWT and it’s regular appearances on the Whooper Pond since 27th December encouraged a half-day trip over the border. Unfortunately scrutiny of the masses of Whoopers there drew a blank this morning, and with little else on the reserve we decided to head up to Lochmaben instead. As we drove towards Clarencefield we spotted about 15 Whoopers by the road and reversed back to check – and it was a good job we did as there right in front of us was the Bewick’s Swan! Result. Good numbers of Pinks were at various locations, but all we could find amongst them were two Greylags. Castle Loch was still completely frozen over and birdless. Roll on spring.

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