Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 13, 2013

LEO

High pressure grips Britain, giving us a sunny day with no wind (bliss!)

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This time of year reveals some special wintering visitors on the RSPB reserve at Saltholme; LEO’s or Long Eared Owls.

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Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)

It normally keeps very still, but these movements gives away its presence.

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The ear tufts are up, showing the bird is alert. Most of the time it is stationary and hard to see unless you know it’s there.

On another part of the reserve, feeders keep the local birds well fed.

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Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

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Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

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Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

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Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

They are not the only bird with gold in their name. A female Goldeneye displays well before Saltholme hide.

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Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Teal were on the water’s edge.

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Teal (Anas crecca)

As were Wigeon.

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Wigeon (Anas penelope)

and Shelduck.

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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Lapwing filled the skies.

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Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

In the distant headland were about 150 Curlew.

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They are mostly at rest, but some occasionally fly, their downwards curved beak very prominent.

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Only closer up can the full richness of their markings be seen.

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Curlew (Numenius arquata)


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