It’s been a while since I have written a sightings post for RSPB Saltholme. The run up to the breeding season has proven to be very busy as we prepare the reserve for all things great and small. This week has been a special one for sightings despite the weather!

On Saturday 7th April 6 cranes were spotted flying north over the reserve, to add to the excitement a Spoonbill was spotted the following morning. The spoonbill has remained on site all week generally around the wet grassland but also popping to Back Saltholme and in front of the Phil Stead hide.

Little ringed plover, ringed plover, white wagtail and yellow wagtail have been frequent in front of the Saltholme Pools Hide. On Thursday we had a sighting of a wheatear near the Sheep Shed and today swallows have been seen at Dormans pool, two mediterranean gulls outside Paddy’s Pool Hide and a sandwich tern flew around the Main Lake!!

If you’re planning to come to Saltholme in the next few days you may be in for a surprise.


Yellow wagtail have been seen occasionally down at the Saltholme Pools Hide (Photo by Lockhart H).