A very busy week on the reserve with bird numbers increasing. A count of 1,800 teal gathering from Northern Europe and 1,600 pink-footed geese arriving from their breeding ground in the Arctic Circle and Greenland. As the days are now starting off chilly we are lighting the fire in the reception building to allow for birdwatching in the warm, a great place to sit with a cup of tea to start the day in comfort.

The cattle egret is still here, arriving on 3 september. These birds which are smaller than a little egret and have a bright yellow bill are usually resident in France and Spain but after breeding will randomly disperse and wander during Autumn and Winter.

Sightings this week include grey wagtail, little stint, 2 x marsh harriers, hen harrier, 7 x avocets, merlin, 7 x whooper swans, and green sandpiper. Just in front of reception hide have been a couple of water rail, always amazing to see these small birds close up.

Upcoming events include Skydancers on the Dee, Sunday 26 October - Sunday 29 March 2015. In support of the RSPB's Skydancer project, we will be bringing you a series of events to show you these amazing birds of prey which use the Dee Estuary marshes as their home for the Winter months. The events are free and are from 12 noon - dusk, please click on the link for more information and full list of dates.