Posted by: mynaturaldiary | September 13, 2019

Merlin Magic

A Merlin was hunting dragonflies at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme. It was hiding in reeds when I saw it at the Phil Stead Hide.


Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Dragonflies were everywhere.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

And the butterflies were feeding on the flowers in the pollinator garden, close to the main building.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

Small White (Pieris rapae)

Peacock (Aglais io)

There was a brief appearance of a Reed Warbler in the Wildlife Watchpoint hide.

Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)

And on the feeders were Great Tits

Great Tit (Parus major)

A Water Rail gave a fine display in the same hide.

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)

Black-tailed Godwits were feeding on the waters by Paddy’s Pool hide

And also on the waters by Saltholme Hide

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

We were treated to the great sight of Greenshank, a passage migrant on its way south back to Africa for the winter.

Greenshank (Tringa Nebularia)

Geese are returning in numbers. First, Canada Geese

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

and Greylag Geese

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

A single Avocet was seen, sleeping behind an earth bank.

Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

Finally, some more predators were on the reserve. First, in the heron family were Grey Heron

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

and Little Egrets

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

and in the distance, a Marsh Harrier feeding on the ground.

Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

High in the sky a brief appearance of a Peregrine Falcon was seen over Saltholme West Pool.

Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)

The berries ripen

and the waters are still

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