Posted by: mynaturaldiary | February 23, 2014


There was a welcome visitor to the RSPB reserve at Saltholme. One appeared in the trees before Wildlife Watchpoint.

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Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

High winds kept him firmly in these trees; not a day for flying around much, as we endured another interminably westerly low from the Atlantic.


You can get a sense of the wind from the Shoveler on the waters.


Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

This wasn’t the only species of duck weathering the winds. Gadwall sunned themselves in a brief clear spell.

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Gadwall (Anas strepera)

And in the far distance, Shelduck.

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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Wigeon were on the reserve.

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Wigeon (Anas penelope)

You can also see Curlew, with their impressively long curved beaks behind the Wigeon.


Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Another long billed bird on the reserve this day were Oystercatchers, which are unmistakable for any other wading bird.

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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

The Golden Plover have now left the reserve for their Moorland breeding grounds, but Lapwing remain.

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Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Another welcome visitor to the reserve was a Pink-footed goose, with their distinctive orange stripe around their bill and (guess what) pink feet.

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Pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)

Contrast this to a Greylag Goose, and it’s wholly orange bill.

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Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

Finches were on the feeders.

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Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

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Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

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Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

and finally, Goldfinches.

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Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

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