Posted by: mynaturaldiary | September 2, 2012

At last a summer’s day!

It was warm (finally, at last!) at the  RSPB reserve at Saltholme, after the wettest summer for 100 years. There were even Dragonflies showing at the reserve.

Nice to see them at last this year.

Little Egrets were on the water of the Bottom Tank by the Phil Stead hide, catching and dispatching the fish.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

There was a delightful Black tailed Godwit preening in front of the hide.

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

And a Greenshank, showing well.

Greenshank (Tringa Nebularia)

‘V’ after ‘V’ of Canadian Geese flew over the reserve.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Also Greylag Geese.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

A solitary Curlew flew over.

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Clouds of Lapwing have reappeared on the reserve, which take to the skies when disturbed.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Mixed in the Lapwing are other species, including Dunlin.

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

The Swallows are still here, and not migrated yet.

Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

There were ducks a plenty. Shoveler

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

and Tufted ducks

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

and Gadwall

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

A Mute Swan came close to the windows at Wildlife Watchpoint.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Cormorants were on the waters.

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

and finally a rare treat, a Black necked Grebe in winter plumage.

Black necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)


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