Posted by: mynaturaldiary | September 17, 2017

Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawkers were at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme . They fought for a few minutes along the path

before settling on separate stems.

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)

The second one looked more battered.

There is an amazing level of detail in the dragonfly’s eye.

What goes on in that mind?

There is a definite feel to a turn in the season. Farewell summer visitors, and see you again in 2018 Common Terns and Sand Martins. Hello to the returning Wigeons, who winter with us.

Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Notice they do not yet have the yellow stripe along the top of the males head which is so prominent later on in the year.

This last video shows a mixture of Wigeon and Coot and Saltholme West.

Coot (Fulica atra)

The Coots are the black birds, with white markings on their heads (hence as bald as a Coot, a phrase first coined in the 15thC).

You may also notice in the video above a Little Grebe serenely floating by. They are small diving birds, which catch amongst other things small fish.

 

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Other waterfowl on the reserve were Gadwall

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Shoveler (with their large bills)

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Pintail were on Saltholme West pool.

Pintail (Anas acuta)

Lapwings are returning to our reserve in numbers.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

In this video, we see a Lapwing harassing a Black tailed Godwit, and a Redshank.

The Black tailed Godwits eventually found a quieter place to feed and rest.

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

The Redshank also found space to search for food.

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

Little Egrets are a common large bird on the reserve.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

In the far distance a Black Swan was seen.

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

And on the water, a young Great Crested Grebe.

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

They were very small in May. Now look at them.

On the feeders were a pair of Paridae.

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) (at the front and) Great Tit (Parus major) (at the back).

Also a young

and mature Goldfinch.

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

And a mob of Starlings.

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Let’s leave the reserve with a tiny snail making its way into the undergrowth.

 


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