Posted by: mynaturaldiary | June 18, 2011


It was dreich weather

at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme. Despite this, we had a great visitor, a Spotted Redshank in dark summer finery.

Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)

The day was very dull and wet, and yet the birds seem to get on with things.

On the waters were ducks.

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

The latter bird, the Shelduck is the symbol of the Teesmouth Bird Club, donator of the new Phil Stead Hide on the reserve, overlooking the Bottom Tank. This has already proved to be a great resource.

Waders were also striding through the wet weather. Here’s a bedraggled Lapwing.

and another, in better appearance.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Finally, a Redshank.

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

It might look dark, like the Spotted Redshank, but’s that’s a trick of the camera in the subdued light levels. You can tell from this picture which has both birds.

I haven’t seen Little Grebes for some time, not since last autumn. Did they not make it through the savage winter? However their bigger distant cousins, Great Crested Grebes did, and they were much in evidence. Here’s one with a fish.

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Above the Grebes were Swallows, hunting for insects across the waters.

Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

You can see this size of its gape that it uses to catch insects in this photo.

Swifts and Sand Martins were also in the air.

Swift (Apus apus)

(the Sand Martins are to the right!)

Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)

On Paddy’s Pool, the island is now covered by Black Headed Gulls and Common Terns. The Terns are often carrying fish.

The Terns are nesting on the island.

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

The Black headed gulls also share this island with the Terns.

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

In the distance was a Grey Heron.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Also a Little Egret.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

And closer was a Crow.

Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

Now, some smaller birds. First, Great Tits.

Great Tit (Parus major)

Then, Reed Buntings.

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

And Greenfinches.

Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

Whitethroats were in the trees.

Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

Meadow Pipets were all over the reserve.

Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis)

A Sedge Warbler was in the reeds, and in the air.

Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)

Finally, the dreich weather brought out a Common Toad onto the paths.

Common Toad (Bufo bufo)


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