Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 28, 2009

A Fling of Dunlin

Saltholme Pool hide at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme offers an opportunity to see passing waders who dine on the local fare. Dunlin are a new sighting for me. Here they are, feeding with a few Ringed Plover under skies that were dark and uninviting.

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Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

As they fly away, they take the Ringed Plover with them.

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Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

What is the collective noun for this sight? I’ll settle for a Fling of Dunlins and a congregation of Plover in lieu of any other suggestion.

The sky brightened up and the Common Terns were also out in force. This one offsets his fine tail feathers against an industrial backdrop.

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Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Overhead Oystercatchers pass.

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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Greylag Geese pass by, wings strongly beating.

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Greylag goose (Anser anser)

In the distance are ducks. First the largest, Shelduck, with their distinctive pattern.

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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Then some Wigeon, which should have departed for northern climes, but haven’t. He opens his beak to give his distinctive call.

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Wigeon (Anas penelope)

In the far distance, a pair of Shovelers. The Grey skies do not light up their green heads, alas.

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Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Finally both Mr and Mrs Gadwall.

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Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Yellow Wagtails flit about the hide.

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Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava)

Swallows, Swifts and Martins have returned in force. They are all very fast flyers!

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Swift (Apus apus)

Finally, a Grey Heron, stalking around outside the hide.

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Later, a Heron glides past the hide, in silence.

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Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)


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