Posted by: mynaturaldiary | March 31, 2013

Easter Sunday

Cold weather persists (the coldest March since 1962!), and we shiver at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme.

Dabbling ducks (Anatinae), well, dabble, for their food at the waters surface. These include Teal and Wigeon, which are winter regulars at Saltholme.

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You can see in the above gif image his white eyelid cover his eye as he approaches the water.

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And Teal keep their plumage well oiled (even when they have Black headed gulls for company).

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Teal (Anas crecca)

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Wigeon (Anas penelope)

More ducks, including Pintail, far out on Saltholme West Pool

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Pintail (Anas acuta)

Tufted Ducks (on Paddy’s Pool)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Shelduck (on Back Saltholme and the Bottom Tank)

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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

and Red Breasted Mergansers (on Back Saltholm).

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Red breasted merganser (Mergus serrator)

Little grebes were on Back Saltholm.

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Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

The Great Crested grebes were showing mating behaviour.

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Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

They weren’t the only species pairing off. Here are some Mute Swans.

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Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Goldfinches were on the feeders by the Phil Stead Hide.

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Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

By Saltholme Hide were Meadow Pipets.

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Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis

The adult Black headed gulls are now in their summer breeding plumage.

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Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

The Greylag Geese were moving about in pairs.

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Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

The reed beds wave in the air, beckoning the Warblers that will soon come.

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Now a tale of beauty and the beast. First, the beast; a hungry Fox.

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Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

So hungry he ate the bird food from the feeders.

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Before sloping off.

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Now the beauty.

Finally, we welcome this year’s lambs. This one is two days old.

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