Posted by: mynaturaldiary | October 11, 2015

Late buzzing

Surprises are always in store when you visit the RSPB reserve at Saltholme. Despite it being early October, a wasp’s nest on the reserve is still very active.

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Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

 

The gif above catches well the constant movement (hive of activity ;-). Given it repeats, it also has an air of an Escher drawing, with wasps forever leaving and arriving…

Another unexpected insect this time of year were Darters.

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Alas, it was too fast and chaotic in flight to get a good photograph to identify it.

The birds were easier to see and recognise.

In the air were skeins of Greylag Geese.

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 Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

At the Phil Stead Hide, Black tailed Godwits flew in.

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Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

A Grey Heron stalked by the pool.

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Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

As did a Little Egret

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Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Tucked away in the grass were some Snipe (bottom left hand side of the picture), with their long bills.

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Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

And finally, Wigeon were seen in numbers. A sure sign the season has turned, as they return from the North to winter with us again.

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Wigeon (Anas penelope)


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