Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 25, 2015

Troika of geese

These geese flew over at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme.

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You can clearly see the Greylag Goose (Anser anser) at the bottom right; the Pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) at the top right, and the rest are Canada Geese (Branta canadensis).

There were Shelducks on the waters

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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

and Wigeon a plenty

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Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Finally a Teal, caught in its irridescent best.

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Teal (Anas crecca)

For waders there were a few Redshank

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Redshank (Tringa totanus)

more Curlew, caught against the fading light as night drew on

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Curlew (Numenius arquata)

and a very still, well camouflaged Snipe, close to Phil Stead hide.

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Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Sitting on a post near the Padddy’s Pool hide was a cormorant.

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Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

And up in the skies, hunting was a Kestrel.

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Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Sitting in the woods below was a Long Eared Owl, oblivious to the day with its eyes closed.

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Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)

It kept still, so very difficult to spot, unless you know where to look.

Another predator on the ground was a Red Fox, hunting.

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Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

On the feeders were finches and tits.

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Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

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Great Tit (Parus major)

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Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

And now two new birds for me. First, a Snow Bunting showing well on Paddy’s Pool island.

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Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

and finally, Stonechats, both male

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and female

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Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)

Primroses are in bloom, despite the cold.

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Finally the sun begins to set and the Transporter bridge merges into the gathering gloom.

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