Posted by: mynaturaldiary | September 20, 2019

Wave after wave

Wave after wave of geese flew into the RSPB reserve at Saltholme after flying across the North Sea, which is only 2km away.

I’ve never seen so many Greylag Geese on the reserve in the 10 years this reserve has been open.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

Mixed in amongst these geese were Barnacle and Canadian Geese

Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

We were treated to a Whooper Swan, which is a rare visitor to the reserve.

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)

as well as Mute Swans which are resident.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Black-tailed Godwits were feeding by the side of the main lake, which is being redeveloped.

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Redshank were there too.

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

A Grey Heron was on the causeway of Saltholme West pool.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Lapwings are beginning to return to the reserve in numbers.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

as have Golden Plovers

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

Perfect slow TV now with some clips of Teal resting on the waters of Wildlife Watchpoint.

Teal (Anas crecca)

Little Grebes were also seen

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Finally the day was filled with Dragonflies in the air.

including one star performing Common Darter

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)


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