Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 29, 2012


High pressure now resides over Europe.

This in turn has seen the leading indicator for cold times in the north, the arctic oscillation, to plummet.

On the ground, this means ice is all over the fields on the RSPB reserve at Saltholme. Normally secretive birds, such as the Water Rail, come out into the open in search of food as they walk on the ice.

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)

Teal were also waddling on the ice.

Teal (Anas crecca)

Moorhen are always present at Saltholme. This is a juvenile.

And this is an adult, with the red bill.

Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Snipe were also prominent, driven out into the open by the weather.

Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

In the reeds, near the Wildlife Watchpoint hide were Reed Buntings, with a male conspicuous in the bushes.

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

High in one of the trees was a Fieldfare.

Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)

High in the skies were Greylag Geese.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

And on the ground, Wigeon.

Wigeon (Anas penelope)

In the far distance were two other ducks, Pintails and Shelduck.

Pintail (Anas acuta)

Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Finally a magnificent Cormorant, already in his summer plumage.

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

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