Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 4, 2009

At Last

I’ve seen my first Avocets, by Greatham Creek

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Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

Alongside the Avocets were Shelducks

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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Earlier in the day a visit to the RSPB reserve at Saltholme gave more pleasant surprises.  A Spoonbill floated serenely overhead.  That’s also the first one I’ve seen.

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Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

More waterfowl and waders…

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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

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Redshank (Tringa totanus)

A few Wigeon, reluctant to migrate northwards

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Wigeon (Anas penelope)

From a distance, it’s difficult to tell Ringled Plover and Little Ringed Plover apart.  The latter have yellow eye rings which makes these …

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Little ringed plover (Charadrius dubius)

Lapwings displayed, flashing their green/black wings.

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Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

We welcome this years new chicks and their parent, the Canadian Geese

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Canada goose (Branta canadensis)

And a Heron (wounded methinks in the left wing)

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In the far distance a Grey heron flies past the framework of the Transporter Bridge

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Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Wagtails were also present.

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Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

And a Saltholme specialty

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Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava)

Finally, Meadow Pipets

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Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis)

More summer visitors expected soon!


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