Posted by: mynaturaldiary | February 23, 2019

Seal Sands redux

With the trip to Greatham Creek and Seal Sands still fresh in the memory from two weeks earlier, it’s fascinating to see that the Golden Plover have all left Teesmouth, to go to their breeding grounds on the North York Moors (30km away) and to Teesdale and Weardale (70km away).

Although we have lost the Plover we have gained the return of the Avocets, with their fabulous upturned bills.

Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

Ostercatchers were on the mudflats, and this one caught a King Ragworm (Alitta virens).

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Curlew were also there.

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

The Black tailed Godwits were also at the waters edge. Notice how some stand on one leg.

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

And Dunlin, much smaller birds, flew in to sit alongside the Blackwits.

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

In the far distance, Harbour Seals lie on the sands.

Harbour (Common) Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Back at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme  Canadian and Pink footed geese were aplenty.

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

The Pink footed Geese are smaller.

Pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)

On the grasslands, Wigeon were feeding.

Wigeon (Anas penelope)

They will migrate north during March, returning to their nesting grounds in Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia.

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