Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 21, 2011

Ruff

The RSPB reserve at Saltholme has a splendid male Ruff, showing in all his finery.

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

After getting his beak out from under his wing,

he started to walk in front of Saltholme Pool hide.

A wonderful sight!

Across the fields and waters, a pair of Greylag Geese flew in to land.

On the field, a watchful parent looked over a brood of goslings.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

The same was true for Canadian Geese.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

On the waters edge were waders. First, Avocet, one which was ringed.

They flew away.

Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

They were disturbed by a Fox.

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

The Fox didn’t get to disturb the Redshanks.

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

or the Lapwings.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

In the far distance were Black-tailed Godwits.

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Shelduck were in the air and on the waters.

Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

The Gadwall were frisky!

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

High in the air were Skylarks.

Skylark (Alauda arvensis)

as well as one of our summer visitors, Swifts.

Swift (Apus apus)

Paddy’s Pool hide would be amiss without two types of bird this time of year. Again, our summer visitors have returned; the Common Terns.

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

And Black-Headed Gulls, which are on the reserve the whole year.

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

Finally, Sedge Warblers were singing and displaying in the reeds.

Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)

Their song is very beautiful and well worth the trip to hear it.


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