Posted by: mynaturaldiary | October 5, 2014

Distant visitor

A special visitor arrives at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme. It’s a Pectoral Sandpiper, and it comes from America.

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Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)

This is an occasional visitor to the reserve. It’s quite small (a bit bigger than a Dunlin).

Another wader, going up in size and bill length are Snipes.

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Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

 

They have a beautiful camouflage pattern on their backs.

Another wader, much bigger in size and with a longer bill is a Black-tailed Godwit.

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Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

These are delightful to watch, as they delve into the mud. Lapwings were on the reserve too.

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Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

They have yet to congregate in their thousands, but they will do shortly.

Canadian geese flew over in a ‘V’.

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

This formation doubtless contains many youngsters, that were goslings some six months ago.

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Greylag geese also were in the air.

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Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

Barnacle geese were on the ground, dotted amongst the Canadian geese.

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Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

They are smaller than Canadian geese, and have whiter heads, with grey striped backs.

Little Egrets were feeding on the pools.

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Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

There were plenty of different species of ducks, including Teal.

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Teal (Anas crecca)

and Gadwall

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Gadwall (Anas strepera)

and Tufted Ducks.

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

 

In the far distance on the grasslands were Curlew.

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Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Finches were on the feeders, including Greenfinches and Goldfinches.

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Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) & Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Blink and you’ll miss the Wren.

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Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Lurking in the undergrowth was a female Pheasant.

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Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Let’s hope she keeps hidden from the Red Foxes.

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Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Finally, Autumn regulars; a garden spider.

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Garden spider (Araneus diadematus)

and a late butterfly, a Speckled Wood.

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Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)


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