Posted by: mynaturaldiary | March 6, 2018

Water Rail at Wildlife Watchpoint

The snow from the Beast from the East still lay on the ground at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme. 

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A Water Rail made its way underneath the feeders at Wildlife Watchpoint.

 

These are strikingly handsome birds to watch, with their vibrant red bills.

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Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)

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A bird from a similar family, a Moorhen, was struggling on thin ice.

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Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Waders were still at the reserve, including Lapwing,

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Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Golden Plover,

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

Dunlin

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

Oystercatchers

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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

and a Curlew,

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

and in this video together with a Shelduck.

Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Wigeon were still on the reserve, but much reduced in numbers from earlier in the year.

Greylag Geese, ever watchful,

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

took to the air, in a pair.

In the distance were Canada Geese.

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

In the Trees were Reed Buntings

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Goldfinches

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

Finally, here are some pictures of Highland Cattle that live on the reserve.

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