Posted by: mynaturaldiary | October 4, 2019

Still arriving

Still the geese fly into the RSPB reserve at Saltholme. I’ve never seen so many at Saltholme.

The geese preen and feed once they are on the ground.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

It’s been a great autumn passage migration this year, with numbers of birds sharply picking up.

Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

Let’s hope it continues! Lapwing and Golden Plover numbers are also rising.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

When disturbed, they take to the skies and form a congregation of plovers.

Another type seen was a Ringed plover.

Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

Notice the lack of an eye ring, unlike the Little ringed plover, which has a prominent yellow eye ring.

Curlew were feeding on the grasslands.

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

And so were Black tailed Godwits.

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Redshank were feeding.

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

And a rarity – a Green Sandpiper.

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

And a small Dunlin was seen.

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

Mute swans were flying over the waters.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

From the large to the small.

Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

Greenfinch numbers have fallen since 2006 following the arrival of trichomonosis; a parasite which can prove fatal.

Ducks were a plenty, as ever.

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Teal (Anas crecca)

A Grey Heron was on the grass banks.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

There were predators – a Marsh Harrier.

Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

A Kestrel was in a tree close to the Phil Stead hide.

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

And a Merlin was resting on its hunting post.

Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Darters were still seen.

Finally, there are still wild flowers in the gardens.

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