Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 4, 2014

Ever watchful

The Canadian geese parents of the growing goslings at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme are ever watchful for predators.

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

The goslings dutifully follow their parents.

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even when they search for their food.

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The adult birds fly alone, no longer in pairs or in flocks.

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The flocks are sign of impending winter; but for now, we have entered the light quarter of the year that heralds summer.


The paths around the reserve are covered in dandelions,

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which in turn attract flies,

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and in turn bring the Sand Martins back to the reserve to spend their summers with us.


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Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)

The Common Terns are also back with us.

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Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

and they are competing with the Black Headed Gulls for space on the island by Paddy’s Pool.

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Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

An Oystercatcher seemed also to have settled on the island.


Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

On the waters were Great Crested Grebe

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Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Shelduck (this one’s a boy)

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(and this one’s a girl)

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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

She cleaned herself thoroughly!


Gadwall, with the male showing an elegant grey herringbone pattern.

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Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Also Wigeon

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Wigeon (Anas penelope)

and a male Mallard, showing off his iridescent head.

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

On the water’s edge were Moorhen, with their long green legs.

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Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

and a special showing from a Water Rail

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Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)


More soon!








  1. […] This formation doubtless contains many youngsters, that were goslings some six months ago. […]

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