Posted by: mynaturaldiary | April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday

Fine weather at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme on Easter Sunday.  And fine birds, too. The Great Crested Grebes were fishing on Paddy’s Pool.

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

The full shape of its crest can be seen in the next picture.

More ducks were on the water. First, Shoveler.

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

also Pochard (when they weren’t under water!)

Pochard (Aythya ferina)

and Gadwall.

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

The duck delight for the day were Shelduck, very evident from all hides. First a male, showing the prominent red bulge on the root of the beak.

Secondly, a delightful female that wandered close on the mudflats to the Phil Stead hide.

Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

A Mute Swan took to the air from the water, always a special sight (and sound).

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

And a Grey Heron came into land, another great sight.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Later the Heron popped his head up in the grass when hunting.

as did the Little Egret.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Greylag Geese were in the air

and on the ground with their young goslings.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

There were also Pink footed geese on the reserve.

Pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)

We celebrate the new life on the reserve with the spring lambs.

Summer visitors are still arriving, too early in their season for youngsters. First, Common Terns.

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

And Yellow Wagtails, a delight in the bright sunshine.

Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava)

At the waters edge were Dunlin

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

Meadow Pipits were all over the reserve.

Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis)

as were Reed Buntings.

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

The heat brought out butterflies, including Small Tortoiseshell.

Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis urticae)

The long hot afternoon seemed even to tire this gull.

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

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