Posted by: mynaturaldiary | February 14, 2009

Wildlife Watchpoint (feeders)#1

The new RSPB reserve at Saltholme has now opened!  Access is from the A178, just north of the Transporter Bridge.  The visitor centre is now open, and is magnificent.

So far, only one hide (Wildlife Watchpoint) is open, with another two scheduled for later in the year.

This rather old satellite image shows its location. The wetland has flooded considerably more than the satellite shows, creating open water, reedbeds and mudflats.  In the last post, I showed some of the wetland birds.  To the rear of the hide is a feeding point with seeds.  Let’s look at some birds which feed here.  First, there’s a Blue Tit.

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Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Then a number of Goldfinches join in.

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Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Finally, we had a visit from a Bunting,  but which kind?  It isn’t Emma for sure.  It’s probably a Mrs Reed Bunting, rather than its more rare relation (Lapland Bunting), but judge for yourself from the pictures.

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Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)


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