Saltholme the sequel - our second visit

Having thoroughly enjoyed our visit on September 22nd we felt that a second visit on our way home from Scotland just had to be done.  Limpy had booked the mobility scooter (the lovely big Tramper!) and we headed out.  We beelined for the Saltholme Pools hide as we'd had some great sightings there the previous week.

This time the incoming geese were greylags.  They were suitably noisy!

A beautiful little egret.

Lapwings live to have mass panics.  They are such an easily spooked bird.

The inevitable pied wagtail.

The unknown bird amongst the wagtails turned out to be a wheatear!

The wagtails seemed all right with a stranger in their midst.

No merlin today but a kestrel is hardly unwelcome.

Falcons are beautiful birds.

One of two ruffs to come within range of our cameras.  I'm chuffed to bits that I managed to ID them.

Being a photographic model clearly doesn't excite this one.

Looking a bit more awake as it heads off.

Enjoy!

Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • We are really glad you enjoyed your trips to RSPB Saltholme and love seeing our visitor's photos.
    Hopefully we can welcome you back soon!

    Claire
    Visitor Experience Manager (RPSB Saltholme)
  • I don't know how soon it will be as we live in Suffolk but we'll certainly be back at some point. We both really enjoyed visiting.

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • Hi Clare,
    I've just got of the bus from Newcastle/Gateshead and waiting for connecting Bus between Middlesbrough Bus Station-Hartlepool and stops right outside the entrance to Saltholme. I thought i should mention that 2 pairs of Bearded Tits have bred over the the last few years and the young fledged successfully with young at Dorman’s Pool and about 2-3 years ago on the main Saltholme reserve a pair of Marsh Harriers bred successfully. Sadly the Marsh Harriers haven't bred over the last two years.

    Regards,

    Ian.

  • Have a good day, Ian. Looks like you've got the weather - well, this morning anyway.

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • Another selection of fine photos Clare, the ruff looked fabulous in the photos, many thanks for sharing.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler