Posted by: mynaturaldiary | March 25, 2012

Spring Warmth

High pressure sits overhead, and we bask in clear skies and little wind at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme.

In the sunlight a magpie flies past the Phil Stead hideoverlooking the Bottom Tank.

Magpie (Pica pica)

The iridescent feathers shine blue/green. You can see the signs of its urge to build a nest as it carries a twig in its beak.

On the waters of the bottom tank is a Cormorant.

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

More ducks were present.  First, Gadwall.

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

And Tufted ducks

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

and Teal.

Teal (Anas crecca)

Also a Mute Swan,

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

and Canadian geese.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Black headed gulls are back, with their summer plumage.

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

A Little Egret stood my the waters edge.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

On the feeders by Wildlife Watchpoint were Goldfinches.

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

And finally, hovering in the distant sky, the unmistakable shape of a Kestrel.

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

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