Posted by: mynaturaldiary | December 1, 2019

Return of LEO

The Long Eared Owls have returned to the RSPB reserve at Saltholme.

Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)

There were two roosting in Haverton Scrubs.

Another visitor to the reserve was a Brent Goose, which is the smaller one.

Brent Goose (dark bellied) (Branta bernicla)

Canada Geese were also there

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

And in among them were Greylag Geese

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

They were in the air

as were Barnacle Geese

Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Let’s leave the geese flying into the sunset

Waders were a plenty, with Curlew

Curlew (Numenius arquata)


Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

and Golden Plover displaying well.

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

They dance in the air

weaving to avoid predators, like this Kestrel.

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Ducks were there, including

Wigeon (Anas penelope)


Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

with the last one swimming into a reflected sunset.

Quite beautiful. And to round things off, a Starling murmuration.

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

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