Posted by: mynaturaldiary | February 23, 2014

Waxwing

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.

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

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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.

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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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